The Smashing Pumpkins :: My Top 10

The Smashing Pumpkins :: My Top 10 Favorite Songs Of all the bands that now reside in my “music I love” collections, The Smashing Pumpkins is the band that I have the most tumultuous relationship with. The Smiths are a close second, but it is definitely The Smashing Pumpkins that I have gone through the biggest shift in emotions about. I suppose that is what happens when someone who you once loved, loved a band, and after a bad break-up that band gets scarred from the heartache, sometimes for always, because it is so near impossible to separate the band, … Continue reading The Smashing Pumpkins :: My Top 10

Before your eyes :: VOTD

Dazzle :: Siouxsie And The Banshees from the album, Hyæna Dazzle is the second single from the 1984 Siouxsie And The Banshees album Hyæna. The song begins with a gradual fade-in of an orchestral string section and progresses to a drum-driven, majestic anthem. The lyrics “swallowing diamonds/a cutting throat” were derived from the final scene of Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier puts diamonds in his mouth. Sioux’s vocals are accentuated by expansive reverb effects. Dazzle climbed to # 33 on the UK singles chart and was Siouxsie And The Banshees’ 11th top 40 UK hit. The string section piece that opens the track is actually called Baby Piano. A rough demo … Continue reading Before your eyes :: VOTD