Now I won’t use this blog to rant about my many feelings about the current Smashing Pumpkins lineup. It seems that Billy Corgan has a new opinion on the state of alternative rock almost every other week on various social media outlets. However, he is one of the best musicians and songwriters to ever come out of the 90s. Most people are surprised to find out that the Smashing Pumpkins are my second favorite band after Nirvana. Siamese Dream was the album that began my interest but when their double disc “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” was released in 95, everything changed.
Disc One aptly titled “Dawn to Dusk” hints at the journey within this record. This first disc was the most commercially successful of the two spawning singles like “Tonight, Tonight”, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, and “Zero” for starters. Each song blends perfectly into another and Billy Corgan, who is the songwriter for the majority of the songs on the album wins again with a voice that could only belong to him.
The second disc “Twilight to Starlight” was the chill and more melancholy of the two records (pardon the pun). The two singles off this album were “Thirty Three” and one of my favorite songs and videos of all time, “1979”. Each time I listen to the second record I’m immediately transported back to 8th grade sitting on my bed with my discman in hand worshipping the sound echoing from my headphones.
Just last October the album was released on deluxe CD/ Vinyl. Def a wise buy for any altrock fan or collector.
This Thursday take 2 hours out of your day to revel in the beauteous magic that is “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”…
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