This week were looking back at dream pop pioneers and all round 90s legends The Smashing Pumpkins.
Here is the RMW Top 5 Smashing Pumpkins tracks:
5. Ava Adore
Featured on the band’s 1998 album ‘Adore’, ‘Ava Adore’ marked something of a return to form for the Smashing Pumpkins, after a three year break between records. The song represents frontman Billy Corgan’s first attempt to take the band in a more electronic direction – most noticeably with its heavily effected drum patterns. Corgan would later claim that recording sessions for this track spelled the beginning of the end for the band.
4. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
One of the Pumpkin’s heavier songs, 1995’s ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ is best remembered for its bleak chorus lyric ‘despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage’. The track is actually the band’s second most successful single, achieving a gold certification in the US. It was also the last music video the band released to feature Billy Corgan’s hair.
The Smashing Pumpkin’s most commercially successful single , ‘1979’ was one of the pivotal tracks of the Generation X era. The reflective, coming of age track is reported to be the personal favourite of frontman Billy Corgan, and is considered by many fans to be the band’s defining moment. Amazingly, ‘1979’ was the last song of 56 that Corgan wrote for ‘Melon Collie and The Infinite Sadness’ and almost didn’t make it on to the record.
‘Today’ was the second song released from the Pumpkin’s second studio album ‘Siamese Dream’. The track features one of the band’s best ever guitar melodies, and makes great use of the ‘quiet lout’ song structure that became popular in the early 1990s. ‘Today’ is perhaps one of the best examples of a ‘dream pop’ song, and remains a firm fan favourite to this day.
Billy Corgan has penned a number of fine songs over the years, but none are quite as beautifully written as 1996’s symphonic masterpiece ‘Tonight Tonight’. Featuring some perfectly arranged accompaniments by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, ‘Tonight Tonight’ is not only one of the Smashing Pumpkin’s best songs, but one of the best songs of the decade. It also has one of the most memorable music videos of all time, with its wonderfully shot tribute to early film director Georges Méliès. A true modern classic.
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