Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

Still on a grunge kick, here’s another classic of the genre that everyone owned (with the probable exception of our infernal HMO), at one point or another… 

Playing this 1993 record now, in 2017, I still knew every word and what came next in every song. Rather than that being boring, though, it was like being with an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time. The good kind, with whom you can just pick right up and it’s like no time has elapsed at all. Damn, we played the hell out of this CD, back in the day! I even learned how to play Disarm and Today on the guitar. Bet I could still do it now.

I had vague memories of (at one time) thinking that this album was over-produced, that it was so fixed up that the sound was brittle. This time through, I didn’t notice at all. So, either my memory is faulty, or I thought that way at the time but didn’t this time around? Cool story, bro… Anyway.

What struck me most was just how fuckin’ heavy this all was… I hadn’t remembered. There are guitars all over this damn thing, and they’re crunchy as hell, the bass is massive, and the drums are pounding… Turn it up in the good headphones, it’s a huge, passionate sound.  Whoa.

In Sum:

A pure classic of its era, and another damn-near-perfect, very satisfying album.

 

Tracks: Cherub Rock / Quiet / Today / Hummer / Rocket / Disarm / Soma / Geek U.S.A. / Mayonaise / Spaceboy / Silverfuck / Sweet Sweet / Luna

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Posted on February 24, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on rhymeallnight and commented:
    Good to hear about gems from the Golden Era. A friend of mine recently brought up Smashing Pumpkins. Their single from a few years ago still had a similar sound to it.

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  2. Actually I do own this! Not a huge lover of it though, only own because of a few songs I particularly like. It does sound great but after about 5 songs I’ve had enough!

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    • I missed my guess! Haha usually when I say “everyone owned this, at one point,” you’re the one saying “NOT ME!” 🙂

      I get what you’re saying, it’s a wee bit same-y by the end. I guess what propelled me to the end was familiarity with all the tracks. Not sure I could play it and stop before the end when I know what comes next!

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  3. Jen has this! It is one of her childhood discs that got absolutely destroyed because she abuses CDs! So she has since got a brand new copy (standard edition).

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  4. Haha! I was going to say, add me to HMO’s category but I see in the comments that he’s owned it! I’ll have to find this one and see what all the passion is about. :).

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  5. I too learned the Disarm chords (and rewound the tape trying to learn the lyrics) in my youth! As a result, I know the end of ‘rocket’ quite well too 🙂
    Mayonnaise might be my favourite in the set here – I’m enjoying these recent ‘friendship’ similes in your reviews!

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  6. Recently picked up Melon Colliery and the Infinite Pompousness (or something like that) for a buck at the local thrift store, but haven’t listened yet. My first Siamese kittens!

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  7. I always wanted to like this band more than I actually do, or did. A few friends were huge fans and I just didn’t get what the fuss was about. Mellon Collie… is just way to bloated and there’s a handful of tracks across the whole thing that are actually worthwhile. I tuned out after Disarm and occasionally found I’d tune in during another track when it stood out. As a consequence I know about 7 songs off this really well.

    When it comes to Corgan & Co. I only really listen to Gish (still their best) and Pisces Iscariot.

    I dig your passion, right enough!

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  8. I hoped aboard the Bandwagon with these guys with MellonCollie and than hoped off after the one that followed….can’t even remember the name of it….but I still hear a couple of tracks on the radio when i listen to it playing a couple off of this…..not bad….i suppose….
    Dug your revive though as this is one album I would never ever think of….
    Your a good service provider!

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    • The next one was Adore, the one about his mother dying. I can see why you bailed, it was a bit of a bummer sometimes…

      The KMA thanks you for enjoying the service we provide. Hahhahahaaaaaaaa wahoooo!!!

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