private icon: smashing pumpkins
“we don’t even care to shake these zipper blues.”
Aside from Apollo 13, the George Forman Lean Mean Grilling Machine, and Pete Sampras dominating tennis, we think the Smashing Pumpkins deserve credit for the top pop culture event in 1995, thanks to the release of their third (and most iconic) album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The two-disc, 28-track record evokes a unique-yet unanimous- nostalgia: Whether it’s the way Billy Corgan “oohs” and “aahs” throughout “1979,” the live orchestra accompanying the band in “Tonight, Tonight,” or even the group’s cameo performance of “Zero” on The Simpsons, there’s something from that albumn each of us connected with on level beyond just a high school carpool jam. Now, 18 years later, the band (which isn’t much of band anymore considering Corgan is the only member currently in it) is re-releasing the record, only this time it’s become even larger than the first edition. Featuring 64 never-before-heard bonus tracks, the reissue comes in the form of a five CD Deluxe Box Set, as well as DVD featuring live performances, lyric books, and even a decoupage kit to recreate your own Melon Collie memory. Aside from buying the set (which we obviously did already…twice), what better way to celebrate the reissue than to relive their infamous grunge-meets-goth style? From crushed velvet Doc Martens to metallic nail polish, get ready for some major nostalgia.