(I found this version of the song while searching on YouTube, where the actual album version does not seem to exist! This seems to be a home video of Billy Corgan playing this song with some improvisation on his piano. The album part of the song begins at around the two minute mark. Billy is wearing a Christmas jumper in this so I thought it was rather appropriate for the time of year!)
(This is a cover I found that involves significantly less banging of the piano 😛 It’s pretty much identical to the album version so you might prefer listening to it instead.)
I would say that a lot of people would be surprised to hear that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is probably my favorite song by the Smashing Pumpkins; it’s quite different from their usual fare. I’ve always loved piano music, and this song is, I think, a really beautiful example of the wonderful emotional depth that a piano can express. I don’t think anyone could argue that the piano isn’t the greatest instrument of all time. One of the things that’s so impressive about this song is that despite it only consisting of a single instrument, it has a truly full sound and quality to it (though in the actual album version there is a subtle string arrangement added in as well). It grabs you and it fills you and you feel the emotions. I think that it’s a song that is perfectly named because when you listen to it you really do experience what might be called “infinite sadness”. And any song that can touch you in that way is something that should be considered to be truly special.
Yeah, I don’t know where this one came from either. All I know is that it was stuck in my head for literally the whole of yesterday. That chorus line is damn catchy. And I couldn’t help singing it to myself (in my head of course!) at even the most inappropriate moments (yes, even when going to the toilet!). This is not the sort of music that I would normally listen to – but for the amount of laughs it gave me alone, it deserves a spot on the Song of the Day list.
Pet is an exceptionally creepy song – it’s a lullaby gone wrong. From what I can tell, it’s about a seriously disturbed father who tries to protect his child from the world by hiding him from everything: not only from his “enemies” but from his choices and reason as well. Or maybe it’s about someone who has kidnapped a child – even creepier. It’s an interesting song as the lyrics are written from the father’s point of view, and he sees himself as completely rationale, sane and caring; it’s up to the music itself to highlight the psychotic nature of his actions – and the song does this really well.
The shift in tone between verse and chorus is brilliant, going from lullaby-quiet to war-drum-heavy respectively. There’s a great atmosphere throughout the song; the rhythm guitar, bass and drums are super heavy; the lead guitar’s riff is dissonant yet catchy at the same time; the lead vocals and harmonies are prefect. There’s even a nice guitar solo near the end. Definitely one of APC’s best. And creepiest!
‘Pay no mind what other voices say, They don’t care about you, like I do, like I do
Safe from pain and truth and choice and other poison devils, See, they don’t give a fuck about you, like I do.’