Here’s your #TapeTuesday! The Smashing Pumpkins “Tonight, Tonight” (1995)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. In honor of Billy Corgan announcing his forthcoming solo album Ogilala, from the Cassingles collection, it's "Tonight, Tonight" by The Smashing Pumpkins. You know your album is stacked with greatness when this song is relegated to "third single" status. The second song on the album, after the instrumental introductory title track, "Tonight, Tonight" was a first for the Pumpkins. Announcing a new era for Chicago's finest alternative band, the track soared on a bed of strings from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra an Billy Corgan's self mantra of escaping an abusive childhood. The jangly guitar riff and explosive drumming turned it into an anthem of self assurance for a new generation. The acclaimed music video was directed by Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris and starred Tom Kenny who would go on to fame with SpongeBob SquarePants. Inspired by Georges Melies' silent film A Trip To the Moon complete with primitive effects, puppet work and fancy backdrops. Funny story: They shot the video in Los Angeles at the same time as James Cameron was filming Titanic making it very difficult to find turn of the century props and costumes. The video debuted in May 1996 and was a massive success, winning six Moonmen at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. All in all, one of Corgan's greatest compositions and in the top ten greatest songs of the decade. Purchased at Musicland, Oakbrook, IL April 1996. #SmashingPumpkins #TonightTonight #MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness #BillyCorgan #JimmyChamberlin #JamesIha #Darcy #Flood #AlanMoulder #Virgin

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