One of the landmark albums of the 1990’s alt/rock scene celebrates its 20th birthday today, October 23.
Smashing Pumpkins‘ ambitious double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was released on this date back in 1995. Led by front man Billy Corgan, the record was a massive success. It debut atop the Billboard album charts, catapulted the band up into the stratosphere of recognition and gave them their first Top 40 hits (Tonight, Tonight, 1979, Bullet with Butterfly Wings and Thirty-Three).
In the years after, the band’s output became more mercurial and adventurous. They broke up in 2000 after the release of Machina/The Hands of God, with Corgan eventually re-forming the group in 2006 with a shifting array of backing musicians.
Mellon Collie sits as a time-capsule look into the alt/rock that dominated the airwaves in the 1990s. The record, while possibly overstuffed and overlong, is led by those singles mentioned earlier, songs that elevated the band’s place in the music landscape and are still played heavily on today’s FM dials.
Coming after the highly regarded 1993 album Siamese Dream (which was produced by Butch Vig), the band knew they had to step up and deliver an opus with the follow-up…and Mellon Collie certainly accomplished that.
Celebrate its anniversary with a stream of the record’s recent reissue, via Spotify: