Had a rough day Castlebar? Here’s an idea, let’s listen to those happy pumpkins

I don’t know about you guys but it has been a really long day and i thought we would have an album of the day segment today, why you might ask? Well because we feel like it, that’s why!

Released at the end of October in 1995 Smashing Pumpkins presented their third album to the world titled “Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness” I grew up with this record, mid nineties nostalgia never felt so better.

The dreamy cover image of The Smashing Pumpkins’ landmark 1995 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the work of illustrator John Craig.

The band’s third record was a very ambitious record compared to the first two records “Gish” and “Siamese Dream”.

A double album filled with lots of melodies and some that came close to Corgan’s favourite band The Beatles, for example take a look and listen to the track “We Only Come Out at Night”

The album itself has a total of 28 songs, split in two, first half titled, Dawn to dusk and the second half Twilight to Starlight and did you know the album was originally meant to have 32 songs but four tracks got cut from the album?

Also on the third record, Billy Corgan gave James Iha and D’arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin more control in the production of the album.

It really is a great record and should be appreciated in so many ways,in a recent interview Corgan himself claimed that Siamese Dream was meant to be a double album as well.

He reckoned the band had enough material from that recording session but felt at the time that band was heading towards their sell by date and the intention was that Mellon Collie would provide a wider scope musically and that it would also be the band’s final record.

Looking back now on some of tracks on the album it really was ahead of its time.

After working with Butch Vig on the first two records they decided to work with Flood and Alan Moulder instead. When you listen back to the record now i think this was a really good choice.

Anyway this is the record i have spinning on my turntable this evening, i think it was one of those kinda days even though the weather has being very pleasant recently, i could literally write a book about this record, there is so much history behind it, actually don’t take my word for it, just stick it on, trust me, you will feel much better,

As you were Castlebar…

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