Exactly 21 years ago today, The Smashing Pumpkins released their third and legendary studio album, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”. “Mellon Collie”, which features instant classics like “1979”, “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, and “Tonight, Tonight”, became one of the best selling The Smashing Pumpkins albums ever, selling over 5,000,000 copies in the United States (certified Diamond by RIAA) alone since 1995, and causing the group to top multiple charts like US Billboard 200 and Australian ARIA Albums Chart. Along with seeing outstanding record sales, the album itself would also go on to be one of the most influential releases of the 90s, helping establish The Smashing Pumpkins’ place in rock history while also shaping the sound of 90s music all together. This album and its predecessor, “Siamese Dream”, are usually the first two things you think of when you hear the name, The Smashing Pumpkins, and are widely acclaimed as the group’s two masterpieces.
Personally, The Smashing Pumpkins will always be a band that I look up to and think highly of, and “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” is one of the reasons for this admiration. I encourage everyone reading this to listen to at least one track off “Mellon Collie” and appreciate the significance the album has had on both rock music and individual music fans alike. I know for a fact that “Tonight, Tonight” will be on repeat in my music library for the rest of the day!