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Albums That Shaped Alt Dialogue #4: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins

Check out the preamble and the list so far

With the news of The Smashing Pumpkins “reunion” and tour of their first five albums, we thought it’d be the perfect time to do another Album that Shaped Alt Dialogue. Up this time in the 1995 classic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Released on October 23, 1995 in the UK and a day later in the United States on Virgin Records and produced by frontman Billy Corgan with Flood and Alan Moulder, the 28-track album was released as a two-disc CD and triple LP. Propelled by the album’s lead single, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings”, it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first week sales of 246,500 units. To date it remains the band’s only album to top the Billboard 200. It spawned five more singles—”1979″, “Zero”, “Tonight, Tonight”, the promotional “Muzzle”, and “Thirty-Three”—over the course of 1996, and was certified diamond by the RIAA, equivalent to over 10 million units sold.

This was the album that started it all. This was the first album I feel in love with, this was the soundtrack to my 1996. For the first half of the year this was practically permanently in my Walkman with the double cassette creating an unsightly bulge in my blazer pocket.

It’s an album that’s aged well and significantly better than the rest of the band’s catalogue. Stick it on now… go on… and you’ll be transported back to when you first heard it while still being able to appreciate it as the brilliant alt rock album it is.

The singles (as mentioned) are, naturally, what the album will be remembered for. They were all exceptional too, ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’ will forever hold a special place in my heart as being one of the first tracks I heard that sparked something inside me. Something that spoke to me in a raw and primal way, something I could relate to. It excited me, I was 14, I wanted to go crazy. From that lead single and over the rest of the 27 songs I was in love.

Special pointers towards  ‘Fuck You’, ‘Galapogos’, ‘Tales of a Scorched Earth’, ‘Thru the Eyes of Ruby’ and ‘Lily’ for being absolutely stunning (and sometimes overlooked) tracks.



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