Tuesday, March 1, 2016

What do I get for my pain? (Smashing Pumpkins) #521 - 524

Smashing Pumpkins Bullet With Butterfly Wings/ ...Said Sadly  (Virgin, 1995)
Smashing Pumpkins Thirty-Three/ The Last Song/ the Aeroplane Flies High (Looks Left, Turns Right)/ Transformer/ The Bells/ My Blue Heaven (Virgin, 1996)
Smashing Pumpkins Zero/ God/ Mouths Of Babes/ Tribute To Johnny/ Marquis In Spades/ Pennies/ Pistachio Medley (Virgin, 1996)
Smashing Pumpkins Ada Adore/ Czarina/ Once In A While  (Virgin, 1998)

The first clutch of Pumpkin singles reveals a great great singles band in a purple patch.

Billy Corgan's melodic punk metal schtick saw him making a strength of his whinny voice and overlaying massively distorted guitars into a winning combination.

Bullet (you know the one - the world is a vampire...rat in a cage) fizzes along on great pop sensibilities, Zero (you know the one - wanna go for a ride?) performs the same high wire act, and Ava Adore is all lush gothic romance of a vampiric nature (you know the one - in you I feel so hungry, in you I crash cars). Only the overtly commercial Thirty-Three is an odd bod single choice in this company of weirdos.

Hidden gems: Billy was certainly prolific during this purple patch, which means quality control can be a problem. That said Tribute To Johnny and Transformer would hold their own with anything on any Smashing Pumpkins albums.

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