SOURCE: KOCH Records

September 12, 2007 17:00 ET

The Smithereens to Release New Holiday Album, "Christmas With The Smithereens," on KOCH Records on October 9, 2007

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 12, 2007) - KOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of "Christmas With The Smithereens," the new holiday album by The Smithereens on October 9th, 2007. Hot on the heels of the smash Beatles tribute, "Meet The Smithereens," here is the ultimate rock & roll Christmas album from New Jersey's own Smithereens.

"THE SMITHEREENS set out to re-invent the Christmas album and turn the genre completely upside down with this record," says Pat Dinizio, the band's lead vocalist and principle songwriter. "We made a real Smithereens rock & roll record that stands on its own, yet somehow channels the ghost of Christmas past, and in the process, also pays tribute to and reinvents some of our absolute all-time favorite rock & roll Christmas records. I don't think it's been done quite this way before, and hopefully it's an album you wouldn't mind listening to the other 11 months of the year."

The result is an amazing & rockin' collection of brand-new versions of classic Christmas records by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Who, Elvis Presley, The Ramones, Chuck Berry and other rock legends, done in the explosive trademark style of THE SMITHEREENS. The album also features 3 great brand-new original Smithereens Christmas songs, including the single "Waking Up on Christmas Morning" -- the album's single that's destined to become a holiday classic on rock radio.

The package includes vintage holiday pictures of the band and liner notes by Smithereens drummer & noted rock historian Dennis Diken, who says, "When I dig out my holiday platters every December I feel like I'm visiting with some of my oldest and dearest friends. With that in mind, we humbly present 'Christmas With The Smithereens.' We've taken what we've learned from some of our favorite Christmas records and did our best to make these numbers our own. Plus we tossed in a few new treats and surprises as well. It is our hope that we'll be seeing you again and again at the end of every year."

Tracklisting, with listing of original artists who inspired the album:

1.  WAKING UP ON CHRISTMAS MORNING
    Smithereens original, written by Jim Babjak

2.  SANTA BRING MY BABY BACK (TO ME)
    Elvis Presley

3.  MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY
    The Beach Boys

4.  ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE
    inspired by Bill Haley

5.  CHRISTMAS TIME ALL OVER THE WORLD
    Smithereens original, a Christmas remake of "All Revved Up"

6.  CHRISTMAS
    The Who (from "Tommy")

7.  'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    inspired by Art Carney

8.  RUN RUDOLPH RUN
    Chuck Berry

9.  MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON'T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT)
    The Ramones

10. CHRISTMAS (I REMEMBER)
    original, written by Dennis Diken

11. AULD LANG SYNE
    inspired by The Ventures and Dick Dale

12. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN
    The Beatles

About KOCH Entertainment

KOCH Entertainment, founded in 1987 and now in its twentieth year, is the leading and fastest-growing independent music company in the U.S. KOCH's operations encompass record and video labels as well as distribution companies in the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Entertainment is the market leader among independent labels and distributors in both the U.S. and Canada and its record label KOCH Records had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for six years in a row (2001 - 2006). KOCH Entertainment is owned by Entertainment One Ltd. which is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market (ticker symbol "ETO").

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