Indeed the Smitties do love to include cool things like that on all their recordings. Some are found in the songs themselves. "I'll Get You" has that extra special touch of including the hand claps found in the original recording. And drummer Dennis Diken took over the vocal chores on the Larry Williams' penned "Slow Down".
On top of his drumming and harmonies duties, Dennis is the king of The Smithereens liner notes. B-Sides The Beatles is the latest and as with all the others, it is most informative. Diken gave up the sticks for only one song on this album, "P.S. I Love You". Sitting in for him was session player, Andy White, who was the drummer on the original 1962 Beatles version. To quote Dennis, "you can look it up!"
Another tidbit from the notes. When you get your copy of B-Sides The Beatles make sure to check out the cover artwork. It was custom created by legendary Mad Magazine artist Jack Davis. Dennis ends his liner notes with a special thank you to him.
"Jack, thanks a million for drawing our CD cover and for making yet another dream come true for The Smithereens. And we're obliged to you for helping to create a cool world where even squares become hip and anything seems possible."
Personally? I gotta dig a world like that. One where four "mop-tops" from a relatively small port town in the U.K. called Liverpool can change the entire world. And a bunch of guys outta New Jersey can make their own mark as well.