Friday, August 25, 2006

Number 864 - Smashing Pumpkins



Number 864

Smashing Pumpkins

"Here Is No Why"

(1995)
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Genre:Alternative Rock
One of Crowbarred's Top 20 Artists of all time.Its 1995 and on the top of Everest is grungers Pearl Jam, Nirvana and alternative rockers Smashing Pumpkins & Oasis. Out of those 4 bands, the one group with the varying styles was the Pumpkins.

"Less influenced by punk rock than many of their contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a densely layered and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. The emotional tone of frontman Billy Corgan’s songwriting ranges from angry (“Bullet with Butterfly Wings”), to dour (“Disarm”), to jubilant (“Cherub Rock”).

"Selling more than 40 million albums world-wide, the Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s, but internal fighting, diminishing sales, and cultural vitality hampered the band in their later years, leading to a 2000 break-up. In April of 2006, the band officially announced they were reuniting and recording a new album."
Now that is good news indeed!

""Here Is No Why" is a song off the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins. Many believe the title is a nod to the phrase "There is no why" from The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. The phrase, and the song, describes the mindset of people who simply live their lives without questioning their existence, It is believed that the song is describing teenagers as such."

The title could also be a reference to Primo Levi's If This Is a Man, about Levi's time as a prisoner in Auschwitz. In the book there is an incident where Levi is thirsty, and breaks off an icicle dangling on the windowsill. A Nazi guard then aims his gun at him. Levi asks him 'Why?' and the guard replies 'Here there is no why'."
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Rolls Eyes) and the Album ranked at Number 487
This song has a crowbarred rating of 60.1 out of 108
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love this song! I wish more people knew about it though.

10:23 am  

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