In 1994, Smashing Pumpkins were a rock band coming off a super successful album (Siamese Dream) with an epic heavy sound – but many were surprised at exactly how far they could take “epic” – and they certainly took it far on their 1995 masterwork Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. Christopher Fritz joins Craig once again as they dive into this one track by track, starting in the neighborhood record store where they met, the show where they saw the original four-piece Pumpkin lineup for what would be one of the last times, Billy’s track notes, what songs from the singles that would swap into the album, and culminating with these two friends reuniting to see the band in 2018 to relive some of those memories one more time. Join us on this empty party afternoon where we sing a birthday song to one of the most ambitious albums to come out of the nineties.
On the heels of March’s Two Pick Ten debut, Christopher Fritz returns to the Pods & Sods Network to discuss a band that he and Craig worshipped throughout the latter half of the nineties: Smashing Pumpkins. Given the difficulty in narrowing down such a broad (and let’s face it, genius) body of work required some rules to be put in place, so the goal each take on is to pick their respective ten non-single SP tracks, with some backups in case of overlap. No worries though, the episode opens with their five essential singles picks, just so some great songs that would have been lost could get a shoutout. Will they mock each other? Will they speak in Corganisms? Will Craig serenade Fritz? The answer to all of the aforementioned (adorementioned?) questions is… YOW.
TWO PICK TEN episode 01:
THE ESSENTIAL MORRISSEY
In this episode, Christopher Fritz and Craig Smith not only swing it so it catches your eye, but reminisce heavily about discovering the music of Morrissey, recap the shows that they took in between 1997 and 2007, and each pick and discuss ten songs to come up with the essential twenty songs in the Morrissey discography.