Forget Me Not: Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins

Like a proud parent, INLE debuts our Forget Me Not category today.  With the amount of new (and good enough) music available week to week, it stands to reason that we might forget about something that made us love the new stuff in the first place.  So now that we’re all up to speed, here’s the Forget Me Not debut installment.

I’m always quick to include Siamese Dream into any discussion of “great complete / top to bottom” album discussions.  When it came time to pick an album for this category’s debut, Siamese Dream came bouncing off the walls of my mind with force and volume.

For me personally, this album’s release married nicely to the horrible, emotional tumult of being a teenager.  Top of the world one minute because that third period love note was well received to the lowest of lows because the “cool kid” just made fun of you for writing love notes.  Dammit.  The album was similar.  Face rocking, wall destroying rock for a few minutes then soul-shredding, hide-the-sharp-objects introspection the next.  It was – and continues to be – awesome.

Siamese Dream clarified the emotional connection music can have at a time where “emotions” were a real pain in the ass.  My taste in music has changed, but thanks to this album coming along when it did, today’s music probably means a little more.

Up and on.  Forget Me Not number one is in the books.

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5 thoughts on “Forget Me Not: Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins

  1. Dave says:

    IMHO the best Smashing Pumpkins album; superior to the more popular Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

    • Cazador says:

      I concur. Also interesting, while tooling around the interwebs prepping the post, I found a claim that “Cherub Rock” was inspired by Corgan’s aversion to the state of independent music labels in the early 90’s. Stands to reason since at the time every major label was dry-humping the hell out of the legs of anything that might, kind of, sort of inspire a Nirvana / Pearl Jam response. On a more personal note, thanks boatloads for commenting. Be sure to hit up the e-mail subscription as well (/shamelesspromotion).

  2. AL says:

    as a college sophomore driving (that’s right ma) that drunk fog highway from the apartment to class, i spent many a morning trying to control the chills up my spine when the first few notes of “today” tiptoed toward the power chord intro. gish removed grunge’s core from the seattle music scene and demonstrated its viability in middle america. siamese dream captured a good share of the arena rock crowd and hardened the grip of grunge on the popular music scene. melon collie exemplifies everything that was wrong with the post-grunge movement. awful. thankfully, a lot of the initial indie acts thought so, too, and thought to try something different. so i’m not complaining all that much.

    • Cazador says:

      Tiptoeing notes + drunk fog highways = chills up the spine. Your comment was an awesome observation. Good stuff. And thank you, sir, for the comment.

  3. kipton says:

    thank you so much for giving Siamese Dream the recognition that it deserves. totally ultimate. i have goose bumps and feel like making out with a boy wearing too much aftershave. But doesn’t everybody?

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