Last Update: December 17, 2015
(New Christmas Album!)
("Broken", a new single released on Veteran's Day)
("The Warrior" in Rock Band 4)
You've found the Patty Smyth Fan Club, dedicated to Patty Smyth, the lead singer of Scandal in the 80's, solo artist through the 90's, and now reunited with Scandal and back on the road. Click here to take a look at Patty's Discography or her Biography.
Please don't confuse Patty with Patti Smith, the poet/writer/singer famous for "Because the Night".
I'm quite happy to say I can no longer claim to be the only Patty Smyth web site. :) Patty has a new page of her own at PattySmythAndScandal.com. She also has her own MySpace Page. She has tour dates (it's where I've been getting them lately) some really cool new pictures, and on the MySpace page you can leave comments and add her to your Friends list. :)
This news has been coming for a long time. Patty has been working on a Christmas themed album since 2009, and on previous Christmases she released "Silent Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The long awaited album, "Come On December", was finally released on 11/20/15. It can be bought on Patty's web site, here, or on other sites around the internet. I also heard a single from the album, "Do You Hear What I Hear", playing in the post office.
The previously released "Silent Night" is also still available from Patty's Shop page.
The first song to be released from "Come On December" (other than "Do You Hear What I Hear", mentioned above) is "Broken", a song themed more for Veteran's Day. It was released November 11. Patty started a PledgeMusic campaign to benefit the Headstrong Project, an organization that provides mental healthcare for combat veterans. While the campaign has ended, People magazine has a great article on the story here, and the page includes a video for the song. You can still make a donation on the Headstrong Project site
I apologize for taking so long to notice this. Patty's management had contacted me a couple of months ago with some information, although I didn't expect the album to be coming out. All I can say is that I've been involved in a move this last month, and I didn't follow up when I should have. I'll try to keep up with future developments. :)
I've been sitting on this news for a while. Patty and Scandal's "The Warrior" is part of the track list for Rock Band 4. While "The Warrior" has been featured in Guitar Hero before, ("Guitar Hero Encore Rocks the 80's") it is Scandal's first appearance in Rock Band, and the first time they've appeared on the PS3 or PS4. The song was not available for download, and only had a guitar track. Since "Rocks the 80's" was the last Guitar Hero game Harmonix made before they split from Activision and created Rock Band, I'm hoping they will pick up even more hits from Scandal and even Patty solo.
Hungerstock is a benefit concert for the Food Bank of South Jersey, and is obviously a cause close to Patty's heart. I'm glad I can do my part in drawing attention to this event. (obviously the tour date has passed now, but I'm sure donations to the Food Bank site would be appreciated)
To check out the site, go here.
Patty appeared on Fox NY's Good Day NY to support the Alzheimer's Association, and talk about a benefit that they are holding for the organization. Patty is apparently part of their board, and explains why she got involved in the interview. It's very interesting, and of course Patty looks great as always. She mentions her husband, John McEnroe (she's introduced as Patty Smyth-McEnroe) and talks a little about her family.
The video clip of the interview is no longer available. I thought I would continue to offer a link to the Alzheimer's Association website, which is at www.alz.org. It's a good cause, and I'm happy to link to it.
I received an email pointing out three videos that have appeared on YouTube. They're the demo videos that Scandal recorded, for MTV, I think, before they got a record deal. Not only are the videos rare, and they probably haven't been seen by anyone outside of MTV, certainly not in the last twenty years, they also feature Paul Schaffer on keyboards, and Bon Jovi on guitar. I know Paul Schaffer had recorded with Scandal, just before he moved on to do David Letterman's show, but I didn't know about Bon Jovi working on these demos. Or at least, I think that's Bon Jovi, that's what everyone is saying, and it sure looks like him to me. :)
At any rate, I really enjoyed getting to see these videos, and I'm sure you guys will too. I particularly like the second version of "Love's Got A Line On You", that whole sequence from where she says "Say yes, I'm the one" is really nice. Just click on the links to follow them.
Goodbye To You
Love's Got A Line Version 1
Love's Got A Line Version 2
You can probably also find some of Scandal's other videos by following the related links from those pages. I particularly recommend the video that "amidala2915" did for the BBC movie "North and South", set to Patty's incredible "Say What You Will". Although it's not an "official" video, that is my favorite song by Patty, and although I haven't seen the movie, amidala sets it nicely to the music.
I can't POSSIBLY recommend this CD enough, if you're a Scandal fan, you've got to get this album. Not only does it contain three unreleased tracks, there's technically FOUR new tracks on it, because "All My Life", previously available only as the B-side to "Goodbye to You" is also on it. "Win Some, Lose Some" is also on the album, making it the first time all five tracks on the EP have been released on CD. (The other four were on the "Scandalous" retrospective)
Check here for the track list of the CD, as well as the cover pic. (Which is really cute) You can probably find the album on CDNow/Amazon.com.
Patty Smyth's new album "Greatest Hits (featuring Scandal)" is out right now. See below for release dates in Canada and overseas. I'll post other news below as well, so keep checking in for the latest info. For a tracklist from the album, and a sneak peek at that really cute cover, click here. The link will take you directly to the new album's entry in my discography.
Patty is also featured on the new album "Smokin' Section", by Tom Scott. She sings a cover of "Ode to Billie Joe". (Definately one of my favorite songs) The album may be hard to find in the stores (it came out in 1999) but I believe it is still available in Amazon and other online stores. I recommend checking it out.
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