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Essential Records: The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Adore'

Posted by Billy Gil, September 26, 2014 11:33am | Post a Comment

 

We’re starting a new series where we talk about records that personally made a difference in our lives. Today we’ll talk about Smashing Pumpkins' cult favorite fourth album, Adore, which was just re-released on a seven-disc Deluxe Edition CD set and will be re-released on vinyl Oct. 7 (pre-order here).

 

When Smashing Pumpkins released their fourth album, Adore, I was about to turn 16. It was the summer of 1998 and I was all set to start band camp, complete with bleach-blonde hair and an injured toe. 

 

I was obsessed with the Smashing Pumpkins at that point. It may be hard to recall now, but the band occupied a unique space on the radio in those days. There weren’t any other bands on their scale releasing the kind of detailed and emotional but far-reaching rock ‘n’ roll that they were, so waking up to the roughed up chords and digital beat of “Ava Adore” on your radio alarm meant something. (The only other popular album you could compare it to at the time was Radiohead's OK Computerwhich was released a year prior.) 

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Smashing Pumpkins Release Rick Rubin-Produced 'Let Me Give the World to You' From 'Adore' Reissue

Posted by Billy Gil, August 11, 2014 01:33pm | Post a Comment

When Smashing Pumpkins released their beloved-in-retrospect fourth album, Adore, back in 1998, frontman Billy Corgan couldn’t resist talking a lot about a great song he left off the album called “Let Me Give the World to You.” Perhaps to preserve the nocturnal feel of the classic 4AD indebted Adore, the song wasn’t included on the album—the title alone promised a bombastic rock single in the vein of songs like “Tonight, Tonight.” But we got another version of the song later, on the digital-only Machina II, albeit in a different version that sounded quickly recorded in the best way, with gauzy, Cocteau Twins-inspired guitars and jangly pop feel.

Now Corgan has released the original recording, produced by none other than hip-hop producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin. So it’s that over-the-top “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” thing, right? The song is closer in feel to “1979,” with muted new-wave guitars and a level of restraint not typically seen with this band, yet its Beatles-inspired arrangement is, of course, heartfelt and grabbing. Though Adore is lovably imperfect as is, I can’t help but feel this recording would’ve slotted in nicely near the end of the album and perhaps provided a crucial breakthrough third single that could’ve changed the troubled history of the band for the better. Sigh.

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