Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

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I always thought "Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness" was the best name for an album.

I can't sleep, I woke up about 4:36 this morning. I am restless and being plagued by stress fueled, random thoughts in the days leading up to the social media scavenger hunt I am organizing that will take place on 9/10/11.

Somewhere through the tossing and turning, The Smashing Pumpkins entered my head... well actually the words, "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" were going through my head. I am not sure what thought brought me to the Smashing Pumpkins but I figured, good subject to blog about at 6:00 a.m.

Take a trip with me back to 1989

That is me and my high school boyfriend (Ryan). Ryan and I spent about 99% of our time together between 1988 and 1990 and about 85% of that time was spent going to rock shows. Sometimes together, and many times separately, and wherever they would let us in, I was only 16 or 17. Ryan played bass (I hope this is correct, I will forward this post to Ryan and he can comment with his corrections) and was very much a music fan. And I was very much into declaring my independence from Ryan - so even if I liked the same thing as him, I couldn't possibly admit it; why we went to shows separately.

This picture KILLS me! He's so cute. 

Back to the Smashing Pumpkins.  My junior year summer, 1989, I was sitting at my friend Lori's kitchen, thumbing through The Reader to see who was playing.  I saw an ad for a band called The Smashing Pumpkins. It sounded interesting enough, and it was an all ages show on a Wednesday night at the Metro (back then Wednesday nights were 3 bands for $6). I could easily have these details wrong, but I can tell you with 100% certainty that it was my junior year summer.

I can't tell you who I went to see The Smashing Pumpkins with that summer, but it was not Ryan. I remember coming home and calling him -- Or maybe he even picked me up, since I didn't have a car. I probably made him drive me to/from The Metro, but not come with me. This would not be unheard of, Ryan drove me every where, ask him, he'll tell you it's true.  In any case, I remember telling him about this incredible band I just saw and that WE HAD to go see them together, however, I do not think we ever saw The Smashing Pumpkins together.

That Smashing Pumpkins show in 1989 was one of the first few shows they ever played, and we all know what ended up happening a few years later, they got huge. I stayed a fan, and probably saw The Smashing Pumpkins a 5-10 more times over the years, but never in a venue larger than The Aragon Ballroom (unless I saw them at Lollapalooza one year, which is entirely possible.)

And, by the way, Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness is NOT my favorite Smashing Pumpkins album. Gish would be my favorite album, but it can't be, because Gish was my college boyfriend, Jeff's, favorite album and I can't have the same favorite Smashing Pumpkins album as Jeff. Siamese Dream is my favorite Smashing Pumpkins album, it is mostly a timing thing, 1993 was a significant year.

Other bands I saw without Ryan in the late 80s at The Metro: 
Nirvana (another 3 bands for $6 show)
Skinny Puppy
Red Hot Chili Peppers (pre Mother's Milk)

It's fine because he saw Jane's Addictions in the summer of 1988 without me, and, he saw GG Allin at Medusa's without me too. Even though I could not care less about GG Allin, I would just like those bragging rights.

** Oh, Ryan... Remind me to tell you about when I saw Einstürzende Neubauten at The Metro. 


DIH said...

Nice post. I wanted to get up early and write. But instead, I slept in my clothes on my couch with a bowl of hummus on my chest until 8 a.m.

leyla said...

Nice comment... I feel like I read it somewhere else before?

RS said...

Yes... bass is correct Leyla! That's funny, I seem to remember a lot of Duran Duran shows during that time period too...

leyla said...

Remember the Steel Wheels Tour at Alpine Valley when I fell asleep in the car and woke up to find us still stuck in the parking lot and I went mental?

And then a tow truck had to tow your GTI out of the mud parking lot. Lots of rain.

Remember when the helicopters landed behind the stage during the encore (Brown Sugar) so the band could be choppered out of Wisconsin?

I do.

ms. hp said...

had a similar experience with this album & my "first love." still one of my favorite albums. great story behind your reasoning as well. Must have been amazing to see SP in Chicago and so many times!

leyla said...

Thx Ms HP! My high school years were awesome but I didn't learn much.

Question... Does no one else think that seeing Nirvana at The Metro pre Smells Like Teen Spirit is a big deal? I think seeing Nirvana at The Metro is way more significant than SP - but hey, maybe not.

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