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CA27 Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

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It’s time once again when the dynamic Riot Act duo delve deep into one of their favourite albums for a feature length special. It’s Remfry’s turn and his pick is 1993’s Siamese Dream, the 2nd full-length studio album from Chicago alt rock legends The Smashing Pumpkins.

After the unexpected commercial success of the Pumpkins’ debut 1991 album Gish, critics began to peg the band as ‘the new Nirvana’, which put bandleader and predominant songwriter Billy Corgan under unwanted pressure ‘to make the next album to set the world on fire’. Siamese Dream never gained the commercial success of Nirvana’s Nevermind, but it did become a beloved soundtrack to the lives of many disenfranchised and disaffected youth who felt like they didn’t fit in with the status quo.

Like their peers, Smashing Pumpkins concerned themselves with dark lyrical subject matter, but they married those themes to music that felt jubilant and triumphant, creating a contrast in songs like Today and Hummer which made them all the more affecting. Meanwhile, songs such as Soma and Mayonnaise showed a truly developed sense of beautific serenity that was far beyond many of their contemporaries.

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