As volume-knob maximalists with tender hearts and thoroughly distorted guitars, the Big Pink are a logical act to be in the Smashing Pumpkins-cover game. Their take Siamese Dream’s “Mayonaise” dots their setlists, though they tidied up and delivered this rendition on a recent performance for BBC1’s Live Lounge (their next record, Future This, is out via 4AD in January) . It’s fine, though conspicuously missing is Billy Corgan’s indelible Siamese-era X/Y chromosome swagger. The Big Pink’s version is fine for hearing, but it will certainly make you pause to appreciate what a good thing we had when the Pumpkins were dialed-in in the ’90s.
Miss you, Billy.