Need You Around

Smoking Popes

About Need You Around

"Need You Around" is a song by the Chicago-based pop punk band the Smoking Popes, released as the second single from their 1994 album Born to Quit. The album was originally released by Johann's Face Records in 1994, and "Need You Around" received radio play on Chicago's Q101 and Los Angeles' KROQ. When Born to Quit was re-released in July 1995 by Capitol Records after the band signed to that label, "Need You Around" and "Rubella" were remixed by Thom Wilson for release as singles (the album had been engineered, produced, and originally mixed by Phil Bonnet). A music video for "Need You Around" was filmed, and the song was featured in the soundtrack of the film Clueless. It became the only Smoking Popes song to chart, reaching #35 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. The single was released in two formats: as a 7" single with "Need You Around" as the A-side and the additional album track "Adena" as the B-side, and as a CD single with these two tracks as well as a cover version of Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" and a live recording of "Adena"."Need You Around" was covered by Retro Morning for the 2003 Smoking Popes Tribute album. 


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If I could see into your heart
Then would I know just where to start? 
Because I'm lost and I need to be found
Crazy as it sounds
I need you around

If I could stand to be on my own
Then I would probably just leave you alone
But I'm gonna feel this way till I'm six feet underground
Crazy as it sounds
I need you around

Turning, tossing and turning
My love is burning me down

If I could change one thing in this world
I'd change your mind and make you my girl
Because I'm lost and I need to be found
Crazy as it sounds
I need you around

I'm gonna feel this way till I'm six feet underground
Crazy as it sounds
I need you around

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Smoking Popes

The Smoking Popes are an American pop punk from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1991. They play punk-influenced pop music with crooning vocals. The core of the group is composed of brothers Matt Caterer (born 1968), Josh Caterer (born 1972) and Eli Caterer (born 1975). more »

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Written by: JOSH CATERER

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10 facts about this song

"Need You Around" is the most popular song by American punk band Smoking Popes. It was released in 1993 as part of their second album, "Born to Quit."
Chart Performance
The song became very popular on alternative rock radio stations and it peaked at number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1996.
Music Video
The music video for "Need You Around" is a quirky representation of their alternative pop-rock vibe. The clip, which features the band as they perform in various scenes that mirror old black-and-white movies, earned a good amount of airplay on MTV.
Lead vocalist, Josh Caterer, is the primary songwriter for Smoking Popes. He penned "Need You Around" as a lovelorn ballad with a catchy melody that is an effective blend of punk rock and the crooning style of '60s pop singers.
Critical Acclaim
Critics have often highlighted the song’s blend of melancholic lyrics, rounded melodies, and punk sound. It is often singled out as representative of the Smoking Popes’ unique style.
Cultural Impact
The song helped the band gain significant recognition in the mid-'90s alternative rock scene.
Live Performances
"Need You Around" remains a staple in the band's live performances and is often met with enthusiastic responses from the crowd. These performances affirm the lasting popularity and impact of the song among fans.
Band Split
Despite its success, the Smoking Popes split up in 1998. However, they would eventually reunite in 2005 and continue to perform "Need You Around," continuing the legacy of their most popular song.
Soundtrack Appearance
Interestingly, this song was also featured in the soundtrack of the popular 1996 film, "Clueless."
Original Band
The original members of the Smoking Popes - Josh Caterer and his two brothers Eli and Matt, along with drummer Mike Felumlee - were the musicians behind "Need You Around." When they perform the song today, they are generally accompanied by a different drummer.

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