3 April 2012 Stuff We Like
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (Reissue)
Since we just reached the end of our ‘90s Essential Sale, why not talk about one of the records that made our list. The Smashing Pumpkins reissued both Gish and Siamese Dream last summer and I think pretty much everyone in the office picked up a copy of each. It’s sad that Billy Corgan has kinda gone off the deep end by now. For some reason, I watched a 40 minute interview with Billy Corgan last week from this past SXSW. The main theme of the interview was that the music industry is in shambles because no one focuses on the album anymore. Oh my god, give me a break, Billy! Are you every music magazine article 15 years ago? I think it is safe to say that there are a lot of really amazing records still coming out in 2012.
But here’s the thing about Billy Corgan, I will continue to listen to all his half baked commentary of music and culture until the day he dies because there was this great point in the ‘90s when he was making some great music. Siamese Dream was probably Smashing Pumpkins greatest album. The ideas in Gish seemed a bit underdeveloped and Melon Collie spread itself too thin to be a really solid album. The space right in between those records is where Siamese Dream sits. The album is full of hits and keeps a steady forward motion. The guitars sound amazing and the Jimmy Chamberlin’s drumming is such a driving force throughout the entire record.
The reissue has a shiny redesigned cover and is full of never before seen photos and track commentary. So you should definitely pick up this record and remember why you spent so many years dreaming about having a Big Muff pedal and playing a show at The Metro.
– Josh Erickson