I spent a good part of my teens and twenties telling anyone within earshot that Siamese Dream is the best rock record ever made. Here are live versions of “Disarm” and “Cherub Rock,” both recorded at a show that I attended in Minneapolis: a show that remains in my top ten list of concerts experienced.
Disarm, Smashing Pumpkins (recorded live at First Ave, 10/3/93)
Cherub Rock, Smashing Pumpkins (recorded live at First Ave, 103/93)
Despite all the hip-hop on this site, Siamese Dream isn’t a terribly surprising choice for favorite album: especially if you consider that I’m from Chicago and went to college in the mid-nineties. But here’s where the story takes a surprising turn toward Fleetwood Mac.Since I first heard it on the b side of the single to “Disarm,” I fell in love with Billy Corgan’s cover of the Stevie Nicks classic “Landslide.” The track manages to be more beautiful and stripped-down than “Disarm” and brings the band forward in a new way; it’s quite similar to what “Footsteps” did for Pearl Jam.
Landslide, Smashing Pumpkins
Then, this morning as I scoured the web during a *break* from the light reading I’m trying to do, I came across yet another Fleetwood Mac cover by yet another band I love. Here’s a cover of “Dreams” by The New Pornographers. It sounds a bit drunk, but still manages to be a fun summery song for a Sunday.
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover), The New Pornographers
So, as it turns out, two out of four songs on a post purportedly about my favorite album turn out to be by Stevie Nicks. What’s next, Elton John?!?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, y’all.