Well tonight’s blog post is influenced by a post I made on Facebook last night. As I do quite frequently I was watching random videos on YouTube, letting the “suggestions” tab take me on a musical journey. As I watch, I post links to Facebook as I come across ones I like and would like to share with my Facebook world. On a typical night I will post 3-6 videos, and as a result get 4-5 “likes” as a result. (and sometimes a random comment or two). We last night I posted a video by the alternative band, Smashing Pumpkins. It was one of my personal favorites, 1979, off the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The result of this one post got 5 likes all by itself! So what is it about this song, or even this band that so many more people seem to care about?
One thing I noticed right away was the age group these people fell into was exactly the one that would have been about 15-18 years old when Mellon Collie came out back in 1995. So it’s safe to that these individuals all probably have some connection with the band or song at this point in there lives. I know for me this is close to the core of it, although my real love and connection with the Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan’s songwriting really started with Siamese Dream. I think to most Mellon Collie is probably consider that band crowning achievement.
So that leads me to my next question, (for those it applies to anyway), which Smashing Pumpkins album did you hear first, and are you inclined to consider it your favorite as a result? I know it does for me. Not only in the case of just this band either. My first experience with the Ramones happened to be with the live album Loco Live, not even a proper album, and I still consider it my favorite Ramones listens. I guess its just because these are the recordings that made me fall in love with these bands in the first place.
Well its late and my brain is telling me to stop thinking and go to bed, so I just leave saying I hope you share your thought with me. Oh yeah, below I will post both Smashing Pumpkins video Today, and an audio track Beat on the Brat from the Ramone’s Loco Live.
*Update – for some reason the Today video will mot post on here, but you can view the video on YouTube by clicking the address to it above.