Smoking Popes Kick Off Their 30th Anniversary With Human League Cover “Don’t You Want Me” Featuring Deanna Belos

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their album debut, Smoking Popes has been busy in the studio, including working on a pair of digital singles coming this summer. One of them is a punchy new version of The Human League classic “Don’t You Want Me” featuring Deanna Belos of Sincere Engineer on vocals that comes with a video.

“Don’t You Want Me” was recorded at Million Yen Studios in Chicago, engineered by Andy Gerber, mixed by Jamie Woolford, Produced by Smoking Popes. These new releases are the first since 2018’s Into The Agony album and are the first offerings from their next full-length album, expected sometime in 2024. 

They’ve also put together a special 12” LP vinyl re-issue of debut album Get Fired, which is being released August 17th, 2023 with tour dates to follow.

From their early Indie releases to their major label albums, Smoking Popes developed a unique blend of Punk angst with crooning vocals. They began in 1991 as a project of the three Caterer brothers, Josh, Eli and Matt, based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Since then, they have grown into a cult classic band, touring with Pop-Punk’ forebearers like Descendents, Dinosaur Jr, Jawbreaker and Jimmy Eat World. Throughout the 90’s and 2000’s, they released a series of studio albums, landing their songs in movies like Clueless and Tommy Boy, becoming known as Emo pioneers.


Thursday, August 17, 2023 Badger State Brewing Green Bay, WI%

Friday, August 18, 2023 Davenport, IA (Alternating Currents Fest)

Saturday, August 19, 2023 Turf Club St Paul, MN%

Sunday, August 20, 2023 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI%

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 Space Ballroom Hamden, CT#

Thursday, August 31, 2023 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA*

Friday, September 1, 2023 Tellus360 Lancaster, PA*

Saturday, September 2, 2023 Meadows Brooklyn, NY#

Sunday, September 3, 2023 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA#

% = w/ the Brokedowns

# = w/ Future Teens + Taking Meds

* = w/ Iron Chic + Future Teens

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