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Old 06-18-2007, 08:26 PM   #16
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Originally posted by dudeman
no no no.
you've all got it all wrong.
go chronologically. the greatest hits is a fine place to start, if you don't feel like sorting through album cuts.
While going chronologically is always the logical approach, I'll confuse you even more, and tell you to follow my order
To me, the strength of the Pumpkins is their contrast from absolute starkness to exuberant joy. Aside from Radiohead, I'm not sure another rock band has equalled their ability to capture moments of abject terror and softness all on the same album.

Speaking of starkness, Disarm was the song that first bit me...more specially, the video for Disarm. It was completely raw and so different for its time...the cello and string arrangements really take it somewhere special:

Completing the juxtaposition, Today was the next SP song I heard. It's a perfect example of their playfulness, their intensity...their range:

After these, I went on to listen to the rest of Siamese Dream. Mellon Collie is their masterpiece, IMO. You can definitely find everything that is the Pumpkins on that double album. Also, what dudeman mentioned is absolutely right...Machina I and II are criminally underrated. You'll find some of the band's greatest gems on those two, and on other rarities/b-side collections like Pisces Iscariot and The Aeroplane Flies High.

Good luck!

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Old 06-18-2007, 11:37 PM   #17
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If you really want to get into them, go for Siamese Dream. It's not full of filler like Mellon Collie - just my opinion, but I have to wade through a bunch of tracks to find stand-outs on it.

Siamese Dream, I don't think has one bad song, Pumpkins wise. I'm still under the belief that 'Soma' is their masterpiece.

Gish is good, too.

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Old 06-19-2007, 06:47 PM   #18
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I'll be joining you all... I really like all the Smashing Pumpkins songs I've heard on the radio, and i LOVE the song Set the Ray to Jerry (it was on anderson cooper's playlist on iTunes), but I never got around to buying any albums. So I just bought Siamese Dream; I'll let you know what I think
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You guys are in for a treat

Plus, their next album is up for pre-order on iTunes.

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