If you’ve followed us very long, you’ve probably already seen that I love The Smashing Pumpkins. I’m sure you are left with questions as to why I have such an infatuation with Corgan and everything Pumpkins. Honestly, I don’t know the exact reasons. Because of this, I’m going to dissect it right before your very eyes.
To begin I’m going to break down my favorite Pumpkins album: Adore.
In 1996 The Smashing Pumpkins were arguably the biggest act in rock music. They had released Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a daring double-album release that went 9-times platinum, and recieved 7 grammy nominations. At the peak of their popularity, touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain overdosed on heroin in a New York City hotel room, resulting in Melvoin’s death.
Chamberlain, who had been intgral to the Pumpkin’s sound, was fired.
During the time after Chamberlain’s departure, the Pumpkins moved away from the traditional rock sound, to one that infused electronics. They released “The End is the Beginning is the End” on the Batman & Robin soundtrack, which also won them a grammy for “Best Hard Rock Performance.” Another electronic based song, “Eye,” was featured on the Lost Highway’s soundtrack.
Musically, a lot was changing in the Pumpkin world before Adore. From a personal side, a lot was happening also.
Prior to the Adore sessions, Billy’s mother passed away, he watched his marriage end in divorce, and was also dealing with the previous incident with Chamberlain and Melvoin. This would lead to, in my opinion, the most honest, well-crafted work Corgan has ever released.
It would be a work that would alienate a lot of casual fans, and would be considered a failure by the music industry. Not in my book.
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