This was the Pumpkins' best album. The previous one, Siamese Dream (1993), is a close second and although it might contain my all time favorite song of theirs (Mayonaise), nothing the Smashing Pumpkins recorded before or since can beat the epic double Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.
Best known for its many hit singles (Tonight, Tonight, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, Thirty-Three, Zero and 1979), Mellon Collie... is possibly the most diverse SP album with songs ranging from angry, screamy noise fests (Jellybelly, Tales Of A Scorched Earth, Fuck You (An Ode to No One)), pretty lullabies (By Starlight, To Forgive), and just plain weirdness (Cupid De Locke).
After this masterpiece the band fired drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, recorded the Depeche Mode-worshipping dung piñata Adore and they have't been listenable since. Apart from the odd track here and there (The Everlasting Gaze is brilliant for example), everything they (read: Billy Corgan) has done since 1995 is useless.
Just as useless as Corgan's solo albums, the Zwan debacle and the abominable Smashing Pumpkins "reunion". What a wanker.
But every wanker gets his one moment in the sun, and for Billy Corgan that moment was Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.
(mp3) The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, tonight
(mp3) The Smashing Pumpkins - Tales of a scorched earth
(mp3) The Smashing Pumpkins - In the arms of sleep (recommended)
Buy Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness @ Amazon.com.
The video for Tonight, Tonight: