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Smoking Popes

Origin Lake in the Hills, Illinois
Country United States
Years active 1991–present
Genres Pop punk
Rock
Labels Victory Records
Capitol Records
Double Zero Records
Johann's Face
Members Josh Caterer
Eli Caterer
Matt Caterer
Ryan Chavez
Rob Kellenberger
Mike Felumlee

Smoking Popes is an American rock group from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1991. They play punk-influenced pop music with crooning vocals. The core of the group is composed of brothers Matt Caterer (b. 1968), Josh Caterer (b. 1972) and Eli Caterer (b. 1975). Image File history File links Smokingpopes. ... Incorporated Village in 1952. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Victory Records is a Chicago-based independent record label founded by Tony Brummel. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Josh Caterer (circa 2005): Chicago-area singer, songwriter and frontman for the Smoking Popes Josh Caterer (b. ... Mike Felumlee (circa 2003): Chicago-area drummer, musician and former member of the band Smoking Popes Mike Felumlee, a native of Crystal Lake, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), is chiefly known as the former drummer for the influential rock band The Smoking Popes. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Left To Right, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dean Martin Crooner is an epithet given to a male singer of a certain style of popular songs, dubbed pop standards. ... Josh Caterer (circa 2005): Chicago-area singer, songwriter and frontman for the Smoking Popes Josh Caterer (b. ...

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Biography

The Caterer brothers were raised on rock 'n' roll and crooners like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. In 1980 Matt got a guitar, Josh a bass guitar and Eli a drum set and they began to play together. Soon after, their eyes were opened to the world of the Ramones and punk rock. Other early musical influences included Mel Tormé, Tom Waits, The Replacements, The Smiths, early AC/DC, The Cars, and Dinosaur Jr. For other persons named Tony Bennett, see Tony Bennett (disambiguation). ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and Academy Award-winning actor, often cited as the finest male American popular song vocalist of the 20th century. ... The Ramones were an American rock band often regarded as the first punk rock group. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 Chicago – June 5, 1999 Los Angeles) is best known as one of the great male jazz singers. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... The Replacements (also known as The Mats or The Mats, from the insult of a detractor who joked the bands name was The Placemats, which the band then adopted) were a seminal alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... The Smiths were an English rock group active from 1982 to 1987. ... This article is about the band. ... The Cars were an American New Wave band, fronted by Ric Ocasek, that emerged from the early punk scene in the late 1970s. ... Dinosaur Jr are an American alternative rock band. ...


In 1990 Matt and Josh, calling themselves Speedstick, got a gig at a party and played approximately 10 original punk-style compositions. About this time, Matt switched to bass and Dave Martens joined as drummer. Josh became an Elvis Costello fan and his style, accordingly, became more pop influenced. Speedstick recorded 10 songs in their first studio session, including "Brand New Hairstyle," which would become a staple of the Smoking Popes repertoire. Declan Patrick MacManus (born August 25, 1954, in London), better known by his stage name, Elvis Costello, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter of Irish ancestry. ...


They changed the band's name, taking "Smoking" from Matt and Josh's penchant for excessive cigarette smoking and "Popes" from the movie "The Pope of Greenwich Village." (The band's original name was simply the "Popes", but it was decided to add the adjective to distinguish the band from the Chicago gang The Popes.) Martens, disenchanted with the band's musical direction, stopped attending rehearsals and the Caterers recruited Mike Felumlee of Article One to replace him. The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 film starring Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. ... // Information The Popes (also known as The Insane Popes) are a violent, vicious Chicago, Illinois street gang, thought to have formed in the late 1960s or early 1970s on the north side of Chicago. ... Mike Felumlee (circa 2003): Chicago-area drummer, musician and former member of the band Smoking Popes Mike Felumlee, a native of Crystal Lake, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), is chiefly known as the former drummer for the influential rock band The Smoking Popes. ...


In 1991, the band released five tracks recorded during their Speedstick days as the Inoculator EP, with local indie label Radius Records. With the proceeds and what other funding they could scratch together, the Smoking Popes bankrolled the recording of the Break Up EP in 1992. In February Eli Caterer joined as a second guitarist and in October Break Up was released. They played as often as possible in the Chicago area and ventured occasionally to small venues in Indiana and Tennessee.


In 1993 the band recorded their best-yet compositions on the 2 EP. They also recorded a split 7" single with Groovy Love Vibes. GLV vocalist Erik Pertl guested on the Popes' track "Leather and Lace" and Josh guested on the GLV track "Goodtime Music."


The band got a break when pop punk icon Ben Weasel of Screeching Weasel became a fan and used his connections to recruit Mass Giorgini of Squirtgun to produce the Smoking Popes' first LP, Get Fired. With their improved status, the band scored a three-week tour with The Bollweevils and played to bigger audiences. Pop punk is used for two separate subgenres of punk rock music: the kind typically found on Lookout! Records, which stray very little from the three-chord formula that The Ramones pioneered, as well as a newer subgenre of melodic, more emotional punk, which includes by bands like NOFX and... Ben Weasel (born Ben Foster in Chicago, Illinois) was the lead singer of punk rock bands Screeching Weasel and The Riverdales. ... Screeching Weasel was an American punk band from Chicago, Illinois. ... Mass Giorgini is an American musician. ... Squirtgun in 1993 ((left to right)Mass Giorgini, Matt Hart, Dan Lumley, Flav Giorgini) Squirtgun was formed by producer Mass Giorgini in 1994, and was made up of former members of his recently disbanded Rattail Grenadier. ... The Bollweevils were a punk band from Chicago which was active during the 1990s. ...


That year also saw the release of two Popes tracks from the same sessions as the Break Up EP. "Run Away" and "Let's Hear It for Love" appeared on the "It's a Punk Thing... You Wouldn't Understand" compilation on Shakefork Records.


For the follow-up to Get Fired the band worked with producer Phil Bonnet, who also produced much of their early material. "Need you Around," which would later launch Smoking Popes to a huge audience via the soundtrack to the movie Clueless, was recorded in December.


In early 1994 the band opened for Green Day, who extended the invitation after hearing Get Fired. In mid-1994 the Popes finished their new album, Born to Quit. After "Need You Around" took off on alternative radio, they opened for Elastica and gained the attention of record label scouts. They signed with Capitol Records, which rereleased Born to Quit. In a promotional blitz, they toured America with the Goo Goo Dolls and Tripping Daisy. Green Day is an American rock band band comprising three core members: Billie Joe Armstrong (guitar, lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums). ... Elastica were a Britpop band who were popular in the 1990s, formed by Justine Frischmann after leaving Suede in 1991. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tripping Daisy was a rock band that formed in Dallas, Texas in 1991. ...


In 1996 The Clueless soundtrack was released in the UK and "Need You Around" was dropped as a single to capitalize on their newfound popularity there. It was promptly designated "Single of the Week" by the New Musical Express. They toured England and Scotland for a couple of weeks, then crossed back over the Pond to tour with Jawbreaker. House, see Clueless (House episode). ...


Despite the touring, album sales didn't meet Capitol's expectations and it became clear that the band had to deliver a hit. Producer Jerry Finn, who had added gloss to the sound of Green Day and Rancid, was brought in to do the same for Smoking Popes. In September they toured with labelmates Jimmy Eat World. Jerry Finn is a record producer who has worked on albums by popular bands like blink-182, Alkaline Trio, MxPx, Rancid, Green Day, and The Offspring. ... Rancid is a punk band formed in 1991 in Berkeley, California, by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The start of 1997 brought dissatisfied label execs who insisted they didn't hear a single among the tracks Smoking Popes submitted for the new album. The band spent six months writing and demoing songs until Capitol was finally determined that new song "I Know You Love Me" had commercial potential. However, the label fired the Popes' A&R representative and the new album was shelved.


After negotiations, Destination Failure was released in August. At this point Tom Counihan, a.k.a Tom Daily, joined the band as a touring guitarist. In October they began to tour with alternative icon Morrissey, who said of Born to Quit, "[it's] extraordinary, the most lovable thing I'd heard in years." Steven Patrick Morrissey (born May 22, 1959) is a singer and songwriter from Manchester, England. ...


Album sales picked up and the band garnered new fans at every stop. Still, the label couldn't be convinced to devote significant resources to promotion.


In 1998 the band toured with Triple Fast Action and Menthol. Afterward, the band decided to record a covers album, which would fulfill their contract with Capitol. Triple Fast Action was an indie rock/alternative rock band started by Wes Kidd and Brian St. ...


Around this time Josh became very involved in Christianity and wanted to devote his work to his faith. The label rejected the new album but released Smoking Popes from their contract. The band played several large shows before Josh quit, effectively breaking up the band. Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...


In a later interview, Josh commented about this time "I became a Christian in May 1998 and I quit the Popes in January 1999. I tried to incorporate my faith into what we were doing in the Popes, but it just didn't seem like a good fit."


Josh's side project Duvall was formed in August of 2001, including members of the Smoking Popes, who had disbanded in 1998. Founding members were Josh Caterer, Tom Daily, and Mike Felumlee. Duvall is a pop/rock band with Christian-oriented lyrics. ... August is the eighth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Josh Caterer (circa 2005): Chicago-area singer, songwriter and frontman for the Smoking Popes Josh Caterer (b. ... Mike Felumlee (circa 2003): Chicago-area drummer, musician and former member of the band Smoking Popes Mike Felumlee, a native of Crystal Lake, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), is chiefly known as the former drummer for the influential rock band The Smoking Popes. ...


In 2001, record label Double Zero finally released the covers album The Party's Over.


In November of 2005 the Smoking Popes reunited for a packed and much-anticipated show at the Chicago club The Metro with Rob Kellenberger replacing Mike Felumlee on drums. The tickets sold out in a mere 36 minutes. The Metro Metro is a concert hall in Chicago, Illinois that plays host to a variety of local, regional and national emerging bands and musicians. ... Mike Felumlee (circa 2003): Chicago-area drummer, musician and former member of the band Smoking Popes Mike Felumlee, a native of Crystal Lake, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), is chiefly known as the former drummer for the influential rock band The Smoking Popes. ...


Due to Josh's conversion to christianity and past stance on particular "non-christian" themes in a select few pre-1999 songs, many fans wondered what sort of setlist would be played at the Popes reunion show? In a Q and A on the bands website, Josh responded to such questions saying, "No. There are only a couple songs that we wouldn't consider playing, and those are songs we didn't used to play very often anyway, so no one will miss them. We've been practicing through most of the old Popes catalog, trying to pick the songs that are the strongest. And we don't yet know what the final song selection will be, but I don't think people will be disappointed. All the real favorites should be there." In that show — immortalized on a DVD called At Metro, bundled with a CD of the performance — Josh, Matt and Eli were conspicuously happy and energized. Eli remarked that he hadn't had that much fun in seven years, a reference to the time since the band's previous break-up. Josh has become somewhat more accepting of most of the music of his former band, and the Popes have decided to reunite on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. They embarked on a U.S. tour in early 2006 with the band Bayside. During this time, the Popes have acquired a new drummer, Ryan Chavez, who replaced Kellenburger, who was unable to commit to the new, full-time touring schedule. Chavez now seems to be the permanent replacement. During August 5th of Lollapalooza 2006 in Chicago, Josh introduced and played two new songs, "If You Don't Care" and "Welcome to Janesville", Both of which he announced would be on the forthcoming Popes album, though no release date or album title was given. Two new songs, including "If You Don't Care", in addition to "Stay Down", are now available to hear on the band's MySpace page. Bayside is an alternative rock band signed with Victory Records. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ...


In March 2006, Bayside released an acoustic album with a cover of Megan featuring Josh Caterer, himself, on the second verse of the song. Bayside is an alternative rock band signed with Victory Records. ...


Discography

Albums

  • Get Fired (1993)
  • Born to Quit (1994)
  • Destination Failure (1997)
  • 1991-1998 (1999)
  • Live (2000)
  • The Party's Over (2003)
  • At Metro (2006)

Get Fired is the first album from Smoking Popes. ... The Partys Over is a musical standard pop tune with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Comden and Green. ...

EPs

In psychology, there are several models that attempt to explain and account for the trajectory of the breakup of a relationship. ... 2 is the third EP from Smoking Popes. ... Smoking Popes/Groovy Love Vibes is a split EP by Smoking Popes and Groovy Love Vibes. ...

Singles

  • Rubella (1995)
  • Need You Around (1995)
  • Need You Around UK Release (1996)
  • Before I'm Gone (1997)
  • I Know You Love Me (1997)
  • Egg Nog (1997)
  • Dandy Warhols/Smoking Popes Split 7" (1997)
  • Alkaline Trio/Smoking Popes New Years Split 7" (2007)

The Dandy Warhols is a psychedelic power pop band formed in Portland, Oregon by Courtney Taylor-Taylor (born Taylor) (vocals, guitar), Zia McCabe (keyboard), Peter Leow (born Holmstrom) (guitar), and Eric Hedford (drums). ... Alkaline Trio is a punk rock band from Chicago consisting of Matt Skiba on guitar/vocals, Dan Andriano on bass/vocals, and Derek Grant on drums/back-up vocals. ...

External links

  • http://www.smokingpopes.net/ Smoking Popes Website
  • http://www.myspace.com/smokingpopes Smoking Popes MySpace
  • http://www.victoryrecords.com/BandPage.asp?ArtistID=1152 Victory Records Profile
  • Smoking Popes Interview on Mammoth Press
  • The Smoking Popes on JBTV

See also

Slapstick Family Tree Slapstick was a Ska/Punk that was influential in the chicago punk scene during their time. ...


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Smoking Popes' reunion show may relight a fire (545 words)
On Friday night at Metro, the Smoking Popes' leader clearly was expressing the feelings of a sold-out crowd of rabidly devoted Chicago fans thrilled to cheer the return of one of the best bands this city produced in the '90s.
The Smoking Popes may top the list of Chicago's finest "shoulda been contenders." Though they produced two undeniable classics for Capitol Records -- 1994's "Born to Quit" and 1997's "Destination Failure" -- they never succeeded in winning the sizable national audience and gold or better record sales they so richly deserved.
There wouldn't be much reason to celebrate the return of those Smoking Popes, but the version of the band that preceded that last incarnation remains unbeatable, with a future as promising as it was before they quit.
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The Smoking Popes are the epitome of an alternative rock one hit wonder but their unique style, wonderful songwriting, and raw energy make them The Greatest Band of All Time.
Bringing together a power pop/pop punk sound with a real crooner man on the vocals the Smoking Popes had the wonderfully urgent youthfullness that is so important in music but also combined with a certain classy nostalgia vibe.
Smoking Popes' first album, Get Fired, was released on a small indie label in 1994 and the recordings aren't the best, but it's fast and furious and the songs are great.
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