G.O.A.T.: 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins (1996)

1979THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a salute to the greatest songs of all time.  One song per artist, with suggested further listening and covers!

The double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was actually the third album from The Smashing Pumpkins, even if it is the only one most people ever heard.  They’d had a few singles before it came out (notably I Am One and Today), and were recognized as talented alt-rockers, but it was this record that blew apart the mainstream and helped redefine the alternative genre.  1979 was a simple song, and short, and started with a strange bump.  It had a mournful hook and almost felt like the alt-rock version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish,” as it remembered back to Billy Corgan’s days as a pre-teen—restless as he was.

Further listening: Disarm, Today, Tonight Tonight.

Covers: Many, many good ones…

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