Smashing Pumpkins “Crestfallen”
I’ve always felt that Adore was one of the most underrated albums of all time. Of course, coming off of the massive success that was Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness, the Smashing Pumpkins were almost guaranteed to fail. On top of that, I imagine that not having Jimmy Chamberlain on board kind of limited what they could do. That being said, Adore has some of the Pumpkins’ best work on it. I was excited for the reissue of Mellon Collie earlier this year, but I’m equally as excited for the re-issue of Adore.
Eric Clapton “Crossroads”
Eric Clapton is one of the best guitarists of the last 40 years. What always amazes me about his career is how many people know who he is, but how few of his songs really made a huge impact. You can rattle em all off on both hands. Really, give it a try, I’ll wait here….OK. What did you come up with? I can’t imagine the list was any longer than 10….maybe 15 songs right? Now I’m not saying that Clapton sucks cause he hasn’t made a ton of top 10 hits. Quite the contrary. How fucking cool is it that this dude is known by everyone, but is largely an uncharted act. Seriously awesome.
The The “Pillar Box Red”
My first exposure to thethe was in the mid 90’s when Trent Reznor signed the band to his Nothing Records imprint. In case you weren’t aware, my willingness for following anything Trent does is pretty intense, so I snatched up anything that he was even (mildly) involved with. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up my first thethe album, and honestly, I was a little disappointed. At the time, all I wanted was some industrial bullshit, not what I got instead. Listening to them now though is kind of cool. I’ve got a ton of their albums, so maybe I should give em another chance 15 years later.
Billy Idol “To Be A Lover”
I saw Billy Idol live about six years ago and it was actually really fucking sad. Billy must’ve been totally wasted or something cause he just kind of hoovered around the drum riser, sitting on it occasionally during instrumental parts of the song. Throughout the show, he would disappear behind the stacks of amps and just hang out for a few minutes. I imagined him going back there to do a line off some hot chicks boobs or something similar. Honestly, I would’ve been alright with that if he wasn’t so lame when he came back to sing. Whatever. Billy kicks ass on records, just not the best live show I’ve ever seen.
Dispatch “Walk With You”
Dispatch is a band that flew completely under my radar until just a couple of years ago. College kids kept coming into my job wearing Dispatch shirts. I finally asked a girl what the deal was and she told me that Dispatch got back together and just played two nights at Red Rocks. I never went to check em out, but again, I’ve got some of their records, so they’re getting the Shuffle treatment today. Skipping around through their albums, they kind of sound like a Sublime/Rusted Root thing, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but this song in particular features a flute for the first half of the song. A fucking flute. Sorry, but that shit just doesn’t fly with me. I really wanted to expect more out of this, but had to be clued in by a sorority girl, so that should’ve tipped me off. I’m such an idiot sometimes.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Smashing Pumpkins have my favorite song this week! Really amazing song by an amazing band!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Memories of the Billy Idol show made me sad, but that Dispatch song was reeeeeeaaaalllllyyyyy fuckin lame. So yeah. Dispatch for sure.
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