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mackil's Journal: 10th Anniversary of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 4

Journal by mackil
October 24th marked the 10 year anniversary of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, one of the greatest rock records of my generation. It's hard to believe that this record is 10 years old. I still listen to it all the time and it never feels dated. It's one of those records where you don't have to be a fan of the Smashing Pumpkins to fully appreciate it.

With 2 discs (or 3 vinyl's, with 6 sides) and a running time of over 2 hours, Mellon Collie redefines the word epic. The songs are so varied when it comes to styles, there is really something for everyone (My wife hates the Pumpkins, but even she likes some of the slower, gentler songs on the record).

My favorite tracks include:
Tonight, Tonight
The best and the most surprising track on the record. Complete with full blown orchestra, drummer boy style drumming by Jimmy Chamberlin and crescendo style ending, this song is one of my all time favorites. I'm not a fan of music videos, but this video is the best I have ever seen.

Thirty-Three
A soft beautifully written song with an amazing video (and I typically hate music videos). Check out the lyrics to this song to fully appreciate it.

Here Is No Why
I love the guitars on this song. This song is a perfect example of the layering technique the Pumpkins used for their guitars.

Galapogos
One of the most touching songs on the entire record.
"I won't deny the pain
I won't deny the change
And should I fall from grace here with you
Would you leave me too?
"

Bullet with Butterfly Wings
The song everyone knows, even if they don't know the Pumpkins. This song makes me tingle every time I hear Billy Corgan scream "Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage".

If you haven't heard the Smashing Pumpkins before, or you have but you can't stand Billy Corgan's voice, just give this record a listen all the way through (a tough thing considering its length, but its worth it, honest). At most you'll love it, and at the least you'll respect it. In this day and age of copycats and generic rock bands who all sound the same, it can get depressing to a rock fan such as myself. If the Pumpkins do get back together, I shall rejoice... until then I'm "just a rat in a cage".
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10th Anniversary of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

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  • Woot.
    • My first comment! It's nice to know that you can be heard... occasionally.
    • So I was going to reply to your ICANN journal entry from july (what can I say, it's been a slow morning at work), and I noticed you don't have 'user replies' turned on! Tsk!

      How's your feelings about it now? The show down is nearly in a few days.

      Just curious.
      • Actually I did have comments on but the entry had been archived so no more posting.

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