Siamese Dream is considered by many to be one of the greatest albums of the grunge era. Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Ten might edge it out if we were going to rank albums of the 1990s, but its lyrical material alone has had a massive influence on alternative music as a whole. It was produced by Butch Vig and recorded on analog tape. Billy Corgan’s constant strive for perfection delayed the album, but in the end, Vig and Corgan fabricated a dense, ambitious, and guitar-heavy masterpiece.
The cover of the album features two young girls whose true identity wasn’t known for many years. In 2018, 25 years after the album came out, Billy Corgan took to Instagram to thank the two girls for being part of the album. Their names were Ali Laenger and Lysandra Roberts. You can read the whole post here @smashingpumpkins
The album was a massive commercial success going 4X platinum selling over 6 million copies. It broke the band into the musical mainstream and laid the groundwork for their follow-up double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Even with all of the internal fighting and drug use, the Smashing Pumpkins sold over 30 million albums worldwide and can firmly hold the title of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
1st photo by Mohamed Nanabhay Taken at the Beacon Theatre April 4, 2016
Star guitar Photo by John Feinberg. Taken on July 16, 2018
2nd photo by claudia.rahanmetan. Taken on February 2, 2009
Album cover – By PC78, based on work by Julian Herzog, Zscout370, Ed g2s and Erin Silversmith – Own work, recolour of File:Symbol category.svg, Public Domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=66657667