There may be like three albums I would dare give 5 stars. This is one of them. There are very few entire albums that I believe should be protected by the Library of Congress but Siamese Dream should be protected by any means necessary.
With roughly 25 years since its 1993 release, I decided it was time to list the tracks on this album. This is just my opinion, and yes there is personal bias here.
Honorable Mention – Pissant
This is not on the original US release of the album, but ends up later elsewhere. I wanted to mention it for those who do consider it part of the initial release.
13. Sweet Sweet
Not that this a bad song by any stretch, but something had to go last. Might as well place the song that sounds somewhat unfinished and not quite as up to speed with the rest of the bunch.
Structurally one of the weakest SP songs, and not played live since the album’s first years. Yet, it’s still sort of the defining track of the album, at least you would think so the way it gets top billing on the Viewphoria video compliment.
I love this song, but it reminds me of a woman who once had a special place in my life, so it’s low on the list. Sorry guys.
10. Geek USA
This is an amazing, complex track, and when I learned how to play this album, this was the toughest song to learn. The only reason it’s so low at number 10 because there are 9 songs better. That is how amazing Siamese Dream is.
The Mellotron in this acoustic song is still one of my favorite instrumental touches to any album ever. Another one of my favorite Mellotron samples occurs in Mailman by Soundgarden, but that’s a list for next year.
I love the Pumpkins because of the dynamic nature of their music, and this is one of the most dynamic songs in their entire catalog. From the distorted sitar opening riff, to the thumping bass, to the quiet finish, this song was an early inspiration for most of my original work.
Commonly known as the defining song on this album, this is my least favorite of the singles. Not much to say about it really.
The ending of this song is absolutely killer, as it feels like an actual rocket launch. Out of the hundreds of songs I play as part of my live set, this might be my favorite song to play. It also has a hilarious music video with the kids building the rocket during the cookout.
This song has bittersweet meanings for me, but it is still a very important track and I still love this song with the same feelings I had when I first heard it.
As a teenager, I would listen to this track on repeat. This song spoke volumes to me, as the quiet opening and the quiet ending are just as powerful as the insane solo in the middle. This is as cinematic as music gets without having a full orchestra behind you.
This is an underrated American classic. One of the greatest songs ever written, dynamic, powerful, emotional, and somehow still ended up third on the list?
The greatest dropped D tuned song ever. Fight me.
1. Cherub Rock
The anthem of a generation. Hearing this played live during the Pumpkins 4-day run in Upper Darby, PA in 2007 was as close to a religious experience as I’ve ever felt.