The Smashing Pumpkins

25 years ago today, Billy Corgan, James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin took the stage for the 1st time together at the Metro Chicago.

A great band. Timeless music in my opinion. The original band holds the most amazing record for creating some of the most unique songs and music videos:

The music video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who were inspired by Georges Méliès’ silent film A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune, 1902)

They got the idea for the video because the album cover for Mellon Collie reminded them of early silent films, hence, the video was filmed in the style of a turn-of-the-century silent film using theater-style backdrops and primitive special effects. Most of the video’s backdrops and puppetwork were created by artist Wayne White. [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, April 1996]

This music video was directed yet again by the creative duo, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Upon finishing the video shoot, the band flew to New York to perform. However, all tapes of the footage were accidentally left sitting on top of a car, and were lost as the driver departed. The group later flew back to re-shoot the entire video. Billy Corgan considers it the Pumpkins’ best video calling it “the closest we’ve ever come to realizing everything we wanted.” [Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, April 1996]

The second single from their fourth album, Adore. The video for “Perfect” is a sequel to “1979,” and involves the same characters, literally, years older.

The same crew of directors was hired, which consisted of husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It was the fifth and final collaboration between the two and The Smashing Pumpkins. The conclusion of the video, in which a tape falls off of a car and is crushed, is probably a reference to the fate of the first tapes of the “1979” music video, which had to be re-taped because they were left on the roof of a car and destroyed when the car drove off. [Adore,1998]

The second single from the band’s second album and major label debut, Siamese Dream. Directed by Stéphane Sednaoui who intentionally shot using low quality photographic equipment. Corgan said that the plot of the video was inspired by a memory he had of an ice cream truck driver who, upon quitting his job, gave out his remaining stock of ice cream to the neighborhood children. Warning; this video contains people sucking face. [Siamese Dream, September 1993]

Director, Kevin Kerslake, employed various destructive techniques when developing the film to give the video a broken and dirty look. It was shot outside San Francisco entirely on Super8 film at a very modest budget. Corgan was reportedly extremely unhappy with the shooting experience, and the band never worked with Kerslake again. [Siamese Dream, September 1993]

The second single released from their fifth album, Machina/The Machines of God. “Stand Inside Your Love” is a tribute to the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde. Billy Corgan created the video’s look together with English director W.I.Z. under the heavy influence of original Salomé illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley. Corgan calls it the only “true” love song he’s ever written. [Machina/The Machines of God, 2000]

Directed both by Billy Corgan and then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk; “Thirty-Three” is a series of images shot in stop-motion, ending with a re-enactment of the Mellon Collie album cover. Discovering this song had a video was a surprise for me.

ARGH, Ava Adore, Rhinoceros, Disarm, Bullet with Butterfly Wings, Zero, Siva, heck, I just want to embed them all! To see a trove of insightful behind-the-scenes footage and the rest of the best Smashing Pumpkins videos prior to the band’s breakup in late 2000, I suppose you could just YouTube them, or if you wanna be cool like me, get yourself a copy of The Smashing Pumpkins Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991-2000)

Rotten Apples: The Smashing Pumpkins' Greatest Hits is a greatest hits compilation album by alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins are definitely one of my all time favourite bands.

~ by Fionnlagh on October 6, 2013.

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