It was 18 years ago that recording wrapped for The Smashing Pumpkins third full length album, “Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness”, which just so happens to be regarded as a seminal album of the mid-nineties alternative movement.
Recorded here at The Village and produced by Flood and Alan Moulder, the album is an expansive double disc that draws parallels to the ambitions of the “White Album”.
In fact, Corgan named The Beatles “White Album” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” as direct inspirations for the record, with Corgan going so far as to refer to the album as “The Wall for Generation X”.
“Mellon Collie’s remarkable breadth is the best indication of Corgan’s ability to let loose. You could pick five songs at random and still end up with a diverse batch of singles that would make a case for Smashing Pumpkins being the most stylistically malleable multi-platinum act of the 90s.” – Excerpt from Ian Cohen’s Pitchfork Review
Speaking to Rolling Stone in November 1995, Corgan explained the intense pressure he was under during the recording sessions. “We literally worked 20-hour days, three days in a row, to try and make the deadline. It was totally ridiculous. I was out of my mind.” When you consider the incredible amount of material recorded during the sessions (a rumored 57 tracks!), it is no wonder Corgan was exhausted! In the end the 57 tracks were whittled down to the final 28 track double disc.
The immense efforts undertaken by Corgan and Co. were not in vain. The album was released to significant critical acclaim (and a Billboard Number 1 debut) in October 1995. Upon release, many critics and publications such as Time Magazine showered it with praise. The accolades would continue well past the albums release date as the band would score seven nominations (including both Album and Record of The Year) at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
The record was recently given the Deluxe Reissue treatment – featuring 64 bonus tracks and a live DVD as well. That being said – If you have never given the album a listen – now is the perfect time to do it!