On this day in music history: October 24, 1995 – “Mellon…

On this day in music history: October 24, 1995 – “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness”, the third album by The Smashing Pumpkins is released. Produced by Billy Corgan, Alan Moulder and Flood, it is recorded at Pumpkinland, Sadlands, Bugg Studios, The Chicago Recording Company in Chicago, IL, and The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles, CA, from March – August 1995. Following the back to back successes of their breakthrough album “Siamese Dream” and the covers album “Pisces Iscariot”, Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan is anxious to push the boundaries of his bands’ music even further. Inspired by classic records like The Beatles’ “White Album”, Corgan is looking to make an extended musical statement by creating something akin to “The Wall” for Generation X”. The band significantly changes their approach to recording by beginning the sessions in their rehearsal space. Also, instead of working with producer Butch Vig again, Corgan co-produces the album with Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Nine Inch Nails) and Flood (U2, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode). Unlike the previous albums, guitarist James Iha and bassist D’Arcy Wretzky take a more proactive role during the sessions (rather than Corgan playing nearly all of the instruments, with the exception of drums, played by drummer Jimmy Chamberlin). As a result, recording moves ahead much faster, with the band cutting nearly three dozen new songs, before paring it down to the final twenty eight used for the final track listing. Split into two CD’s titled “Dawn To Dusk” (disc one) and “Twilight To Starlight” (disc two), and as a limited (to 5,000 copies on the original pressing) triple vinyl LP with the individual sides titled “Dawn”, “Tea Time”, “Dusk”, “Twilight”, “Midnight”, and “Starlight”. While not technically a concept album, the songs articulate Billy Corgan’s personal journey from his teenage years to his adult life at that point. The album is released to a rapturous response, and is regarded as one of the best of the 90’s. It spins off a total of five singles including “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”, “Zero”, “Tonight, Tonight”, and “1979”, all of which receive heavy play on MTV. The video for “Tonight, Tonight” wins six MTV VMA Awards including Video Of The Year in 1996. It is nominated for seven Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year (“1979”), winning the award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1997. The album is remastered, remixed and reissued in 2012 as a six CD/one DVD set, containing demos, unreleased takes and mixes not used on the original album. The DVD includes performances from two shows on the “Mellon Collie” tour from 1996. “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” debuts at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.