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Smashing Pumpkins Reissue Gish and
With the year coming to a close, there’s not a whole lot in the way of new music being released, but there’s no shortage of reissues to keep you busy (and poor). Among them are the first two Smashing Pumpkins albums, Gish and Siamese Dream, the latter of which I listened to the other day and am happy to report has held up better than basically anything else from the era, perhaps even including a certain other album that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. For as dopey as Billy Corgan has been in recent years, it’s hard to think of another band that more perfectly combined the dreamy with the devastatingly hard-hitting. From the guitars and drums to, jeez, those vocals, they pulled off the quiet-loud thing with as much conviction as anyone, and far more nuance. There’s all sorts of extra stuff included in the deluxe editions, but I’ll stick with the straight-up, remastered vinyl versions.
Below, a particularly blistering performance of "Quiet" from Siamese Dream.