My all time favorite band The Smashing Pumpkins have just ended their Shiny and Oh So Bright Tour, and I thought that I should do just one more blog on them because of that.
Now, all of their albums are good – don’t get me wrong. But really this blog is just centered around which ones are amazing and which ones are just good. Let’s start!
- Siamese Dream (1993)
It comes has no surprise why this would be somewhere at the top of the list. Reason being that some of the greatest songs of all time are all in this one record. An emotional roller coaster of excitement, loss, grief, & joy – this album holds it’s place. Disarm, Rocket, Today, Mayonnaise, Cherub Rock, Geek USA, Quiet, need I say more?
- Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness (1995)
The main reason Mellon Collie holds its place so high, is #1 because my all time favorite song of the 90’s is in it – and #2 because it’s easily regarded as one of the most artistically ambitious records of all time. This album really only holds masterpieces of songs. Bullet With Butterfly Wings, 1979, Zero, Bodies, and on and on it’s just a train of amazing songs.
- Gish (1991)
This is actually the Pumpkins first album, and unlike most first albums – it’s fantastic. It’s arguably Billy Corgan’s best guitar work, as you hear songs such as “Rhinoceros” or “Siva”, with killer face-melting solos. From “I Am One”, to “Window Paine”, to the soft ending of “Daydream” – you fall in love with record quickly. Unlike Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, it’s much more of a hard rock album rather than an alternative album. However, the genre doesn’t matter.
- Adore (1998)
Arguably the Pumpkins darkest album, this album rightfully holds it’s place in the top 5. With the dark-edged ballad “For Martha”, in tribute to Billy’s dead mother, to happy love songs like “Perfect”, to the dark double edged sword of a song “Ava Adore”, you hear dark-synthesizer infused alt-goth with a art cunning edge that can only be described as incredible.
- Monuments To an Elegy (2014)
The Pumpkins most recent album, and definitely one of the best of the decade – “Monuments To an Elegy”, rightfully holds it’s place in the top 5. Featuring Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee on drums (being the only time I really find Motley Crue good), and Billy doing everything else from bass to vocals – this album is up on the list. Songs like “Anti-hero” and “Drum + Fife” are immediately inviting, and set you back up for a ride on the great music train.
- Oceania (2012)
Physchedelic Rock legendary album “Oceania”, is safely one of the best records by the Pumpkins. The main inspiration behind this album was a break up that lead Billy Corgan to madness. He gained a ton of weight, and was on the verge of possible suicide. Despite the awful experience, he really brought himself back. While I wouldn’t nesscarily consider this album amazing like the first 3, I would definitely say it is really good and one of the best in the genre.
- Machina – The Machines Of God (2000)
Machina The Machines Of God is a good album. Especially coming from a guy who’s not a Shoegazing fan. Two of some of my all time favorite SP songs are in this album. “The Everlasting Gaze” and “Stand Inside Your Love”. The main influence behind this record was Christ consciousness, and trying to wrap your head around the idea of God. The reason this album is considerably low on the list is because Hole bassist Melissa Def Auf Meur played on it. I know it’s stupid, but I really can’t stand Hole. None the less, like all the Pumpkins albums it’s good and deserves some listens.
- Pisces Iscariot (1994)
This is the Pumpkins worst record. And it’s still a good album! This record in my opinion is a bit to out there, but I still really like it. Songs like “A Girl Named Sandoz”, really bring up special memories. Not to mention their INCREDIBLE rendition of “Landslide”, which is even better than Fleetwood’s version.
Any ways, that’s my personal list. All of the Pumpkins albums are good, so I guess the title is a bit out of whack. But yeah, that’s my list!
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