A Smashing Pumpkins celebration is happening with the 25th anniversary of 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness" and a story came out about one of their biggest songs: "1979" almost wasn't included on the album!
Billy Corgan said via @SmashingPumpkins' Instagram:
"Finally, Flood said, 'What's going on with this song? Tomorrow is D-day, we either finish this song or it's off the record.' So I went home that night, finished all the lyrics, did a demo that sounds remarkably like the final record. I came in the next day with the demo, and Flood said, ‘I love it. Now make it happen.' We went in the room and cut it in one day. There are all sorts of weird influences on that track: there's a little Can, obviously some Europop, New Order, there's even something Sonic Youth-y in the riff. And Flood added that percolating Tangerine Dream thing in the back too. There's all sorts of weird little pieces of influence that somehow come together and create one of those beautiful synchronicities where everything lined up perfectly."
I can't even imagine not having "1979"! It's my favorite Pumpkins song and one that's been a part of the soundtrack of all of our lives. Thanks for pulling the late night and making it happen!