And I knew the meaning of it all
And I knew the distance to the sun
And I knew the echo that is love
When Billy Corgan belted those lines out on the track “Muzzle” to a 15-year-old growing up in Coquitlam…it was love.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ third LP, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, came out on this day, 1995. A huge record. The Pumpkins’ followed up the critical success of Siamese Dream with an expansive double album that seemed to tune into the young alternative rocker of the mid-90s. So many different sounds. Ragers, rippers, pretty romantic songs, weirdo jams, deep cuts, and massive Much mega hits. To pick a favourite off this record might be impossible. We remember all the hits and many of them live on to this day on CFOX. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “Zero,” “1979,” Tonight, Tonight,” or “Thirty-Three.”
That time the Smashing Pumpkins were on Conan in 1997 and Melissa Joan Hart was the guest.
I have a few favourites and I remember CFOX jamming this song off Dawn to Dusk, track 12, “Muzzle.”
But boy-oh-boy, there were some swell weirdo jams too. How about “We Only Come Out at Night.”
And “Stumbeline” is pretty.
Pumpkins also turned it up…. songs like “X.Y.U,” “Tales of a Scorched Earth,” or “Bodies.”
With the internet, and cultural trends, I don’t know if we’ll ever see a record like it again. The double LP, the artwork, the high budget music videos, the personalities behind it all.
I do know that I’ll be dumping Mellon Collie on my iPhone and throwing the headphones on for another spin.