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In other news: Morrissey cancels US tour.

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April 3, 2015 on Morrissey Announces 2015 U.S. Tour

True, I’m just saying the influence of his bandmates changes his music. So when he handpicks the bandmates, his writing is more self-absorbed, but when he started the band with James, he was younger and more impressionable, possibly. Opinions…

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December 15, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy

Black Angel’s Death Song

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December 10, 2014 on Win The Velvet Underground – 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set

I really like your analysis of the influence of Billy’s bandmates on Billy’s songwriting. I think this theory might be spot on. Even though Billy can and has been able to “play all the instruments” except the drums, his songwriting REALLY SUFFERS when it appears he is only in it to please himself. Knowing some of the band’s history, back in the early days of the Pumpkins I felt like Billy definitely respected James in a way that he WANTED James to like his songs! If you think this didn’t make Billy second guess some of his songwriting choices then I think you’re crazy…which is why i think all the “Billy IS the smashing pumpkins” nonsense is just flat out wrong.

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December 3, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy

Well, you can’t just pluck out certain stanzas. The entire song stands as a great piece of romantic poetry, IMO. After those lyrics you referred to:

Cause all things will surely have to end
the great loves will one day have to part
i know that I am meant for this world

and in my dreams as i was floating far above the clouds
some children laughed we’d fall for certain
for thinking that we’d last forever.

I don’t know about you but I really enjoy that particular style of poetry from the school of romanticism. To be fair, his current lyrical output does not match this. :)

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December 3, 2014 on Premature Evaluation: The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy

John Maus used to play keyboards with Ariel Pink circa 1999-2002, I believe they influenced each other quite a bit.

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November 19, 2014 on Stream Ariel Pink pom pom

Kind of a goofy song, but Mr. Tembo by Damon Albarn is about as happy as you can get! Just think of that baby elephant…

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June 16, 2014 on Let’s Shortlist The Song Of The Summer 2014

edit: ignore comment!! I misunderstood the thread

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December 5, 2012 on NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012

Kaputt was released in January 2011

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December 5, 2012 on NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012

White Pony.

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November 23, 2011 on Win A $200 Deftones Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

Although I wouldn’t go so far as to say it sounded “amateur.” Just that it sounded like the roots of a band bursting with creativity.

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November 17, 2011 on Hear Some Classic Smashing Pumpkins Demos

Agreed. I think Adore is vastly underrated, and Pisces Iscariot is almost on par with Siamese Dream for me. I was always amazed at how many songs were left off the main albums that could actually comprise an entirely new album which was almost as good as the A-sides.

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November 17, 2011 on Hear Some Classic Smashing Pumpkins Demos

Search for “Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through the Strip”, the hidden track on non-US versions of In Utero.

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September 30, 2011 on Nevermind Turns 20 … Win The Super Deluxe Collector’s Edition Here

It reminded me of Mike & the Mechanics right off the bat as well.

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September 5, 2011 on Bon Iver’s “Beth/Rest,” Hold The Cheese

The first track blew me away…but I wait in the reeds for a band to pull off this sound in such a melodic, interesting way. Lots of boring bands in this genre, unfortunately.

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July 5, 2011 on Stream Horrors’ Skying

TV on the Radio – A Method

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June 30, 2011 on Win 5 Limited Edition Indie Rock Tees From Soundscreen Design