Siamese Dream

Siamese Dream

by Smashing PumpkinsSmashing Pumpkins


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While Gish had placed the Smashing Pumpkins on the "most promising artist" list for many, troubles were threatening to break the band apart. Singer/guitarist/leader Billy Corgan was battling a severe case of writer's block and was in a deep state of depression brought on by a relationship in turmoil; drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was addicted to hard drugs; and bassist D'Arcy and guitarist James Iha severed their romantic relationship. The sessions for their sophomore effort, Siamese Dream, were wrought with friction -- Corgan eventually played almost all the instruments himself (except for percussion). Some say strife and tension produces the best music, and it certainly helped make Siamese Dream one of the finest alt-rock albums of all time. Instead of following Nirvana's punk rock route, Siamese Dream went in the opposite direction -- guitar solos galore, layered walls of sound courtesy of the album's producers (Butch Vig and Corgan), extended compositions that bordered on prog rock, plus often reflective and heartfelt lyrics. The four tracks that were selected as singles became alternative radio standards -- the anthems "Cherub Rock," "Today," and "Rocket," plus the symphonic ballad "Disarm" -- but as a whole, Siamese Dream proved to be an incredibly consistent album. Such compositions as the red-hot rockers "Quiet" and "Geek U.S.A." were standouts, as were the epics "Hummer," "Soma," and "Silverfuck," plus the soothing sounds of "Mayonaise," "Spaceboy," and "Luna." After the difficult recording sessions, Corgan stated publicly that if Siamese Dream didn't achieve breakthrough success, he would end the band. He didn't have to worry for long -- the album debuted in the Billboard Top Ten and sold more than four million copies in three years. Siamese Dream stands alongside Nevermind and Superunknown as one of the decade's finest (and most influential) rock albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/29/2011
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 5099967929726
catalogNumber: 79297

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smashing Pumpkins   Primary Artist
Jimmy Chamberlin   Drums,Group Member
Billy Corgan   Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron,Group Member
D'Arcy   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
James Iha   Guitar,Group Member
David Ragsdale   Violin
Eric Remschneider   Cello
Mike Mills   Piano

Technical Credits

Kerry Brown   Reissue Producer
Billy Corgan   Composer,Reissue Producer,String Arrangements,Original Album Producer
James Iha   Composer
Mark Richardson   Engineer
Jeff Tomei   Engineer
Butch Vig   Engineer,String Arrangements,Original Album Producer
David Ragsdale   String Arrangements
Eric Remschneider   String Arrangements
Len Peltier   Art Direction
Noel Waggener   Reissue Design

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