Adore – Track 12 – Shame
Shame is a prime example of Billy Corgan pushing for something new.
Up until this point in their career, the Smashing Pumpkins had been known for their “wall-of-sound” production style. On their Siamese Dream album, Corgan layered 40-60 guitar overdubs on songs. In contrast, a normal recording for a 4 member band will have 2-6 guitar overdubs. This approach to recording gave Gish, Siamese Dream, and MCIS they’re sound. Adore, to an extent, does some of the same things, but works with more instrumentation than previous works.
Shame is the sheer opposite to the “wall-of-sound” approach.
The song is carried by a bass line that rarely moves, a rhythm section that remains constant, an ebow building feedback and atmosphere, one guitar picking delay-ridden notes, a sparse keyboard, and Corgan’s distinctive vocals. The sparseness of the track gives it an open, melancholy feel, and really evokes the core emotions spread throughout Adore.
I really enjoy this song. I often listen to it in the car while driving at dusk, or if I’m driving while the sun is just starting to rise. It’s made for that period when the sky is dark, but not yet night.
Listen to Shame