Drummer-historian-author-songwriter Dennis Diken is a founding member of The Smithereens. Having released 7 albums — and reaching Gold and Platinum status along the way — during their career, The Smithereens spawned several Top 40 radio hits, including, “A Girl Like You,” “Too Much Passion” and “Blood and Roses.” The group first gained publicity when a single from its first album, Blood and Roses, was included on the soundtrack for, and as the theme song of the 1986 Albert Pyun movie, Dangerously Close, and the video got some moderately heavy rotation on MTV. The Smithereens’ 1960s-influenced power pop has another unique place in musical history. It was the Smithereens music that inspired Kurt Cobain during the period he was writing Nevermind. In addition to writing music, Diken also writes about the subject. He’s a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of Record Producers. The Smithereens recently released ‘The Smithereens Play Tommy‘, a tribute to the landmark rock opera by The Who, and are working on 12 new tracks for a 2009 release. Visit him at www.OfficialSmithereens.com.