"Did you ever hear 'Born To Quit'? It's by the Smoking Popes. I thought that album was extraordinary, the most loveable thing I'd heard in years." -- Morrissey
In 1997, the Smoking Popes released "Destination Failure," which many consider to be their masterpiece. Earning an 8.8 from Pitchforkmedia, the album challenged the idea of what a pop punk band could do, with songwriting that didn't always adhere to verse/chorus/verse progression and lyrics that told tales of love and longing with heartbreaking details.
"The Smoking Popes were a good band that only wrote good songs. They have always been a big influence on Alkaline Trio and are a huge reason a lot of us started bands in the first place. I can't wait to see them again... I hope they play 'Brand New Hairstyle'". -- Matt Skiba, Alkaline Trio
"The group really won my heart with the cover of 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. How can you help but love these guys?" -- Jim Derogatis
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Added by epangel on May 13, 2006