by Smashing Pumpkins
Buy the reissue on Amazon
If I’m ever put on the spot with one of those “top ten albums of all time” questions, without hesitation, I’ll name Gish and then I’ll stumble around for while and name off albums that happen to be on high rotation at the time of the inquiry. But Gish is always there. In my mind it’s timeless and that has a lot of to with the lyrics. I don’t understand any of them. Continue reading Album of the Month: Gish→
by Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Siamese Dream 1993 Buy the album on Amazon
Having a Smashing Pumpkins song pop up on one of my five-star shuffles is a sure bet, particularly if it’s from the first two albums. I was so excited when the “Cherub Rock” video debuted as I was one step closer to listening to their new album. Their debut, Gish was and still is one of my favorite albums of all times and this new track didn’t disappoint, me at least. The record company wanted “Today” as the first single, but Corgan strong-armed them into releasing this as the first track. I’m glad they did – it gave me a little time to adjust to thought of my darling band becoming huge. You could feel the shift about to happen with the Pumpkins. Continue reading November Five-Star Shuffle: “Cherub Rock”→
“Of a Broken Heart”
from the album Mary Star of the Sea
2003 Buy the album on Amazon
Zwan was a shitty band (I feel so much better having typed that). Mary Star of the Sea served as both the debut release and the final gasp of a band that never should have existed in the first place. It’s a complete train-wreck. Although, there is one redeeming factor in this monstrosity and it’s located on track six.
by Smashing Pumpkins (originally by Neil Young)
from the album Pisces Iscariot (Remastered)
1994 Buy the album on Amazon
The Pumpkins again? Sue me. Billy picks great songs to cover and they do them up. Besides featuring a repeat artist, this song also qualifies for the popular I had never heard the original until I realized the cover was a cover lament. I wanna be a Neil Young guy, I really do. But I guess I’m just not ready for a one-to-one relationship with him. Sorry Neil, we’re gonna have have to connect via covers.
“Turn My Way”
by New Order w/ Billy Corgan
from Get Ready 2001 Buy the album on Amazon
The final entry in #AprilDuets (though I certainly have more I could post) comes from New Order. This was a bit of a comeback album after they hadn’t released anything in 8 years, and though I never gave it enough of a proper listen, this song pretty immediately jumped out.
by The Smashing Pumpkins (originally by Fleetwood Mac)
from the album Pisces Iscariot 1994 Buy the album on Amazon.
I heard this in a cafe earlier this week and it got stuck in my head.
Yes, I admit, the Pumpkins’ version of this song was my first exposure to it, and I loved it. I remember listening to this album my freshmen year of college, and there was one older guy who lived in the dorms who heard me playing it and quickly denounced it as being inferior to the original.