Thursday, December 6, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins listening kick

Pisces Iscariot. This album rocks. B-sides from Siamese Dream. Siamese Dream is one of my favorite albums ever and, in my opinion, the Pumpkins finest work. These days I typically find myself skipping over the singles on both Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie; the radio has killed most of these songs. That is what makes this album so special. It's all B-sides. I've heard one song on the radio (Landslide) only a handful of times. Listening to this record is a revelation.

The production of Siamese Dream is now legendary. Listen to the drums on Cherub Rock. Billy was purportedly so angry with Chamberlin that he made him play the drum parts until his hands were literally bleeding. You can hear it. That amazing "sonic wall" sound on many of the songs is apparently the a painstaking process of overdubbing and layering guitar parts on top of one another. Some songs had around one-hundred(!) guitar parts. That amazing sound is here, on Pisces, and is as exhilarating as and exalting as the tracks that "made the cut" on Siamese Dream. Great stuff.

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