The only album a teenager ever needs
A collage that I made inspired by Mellon Collie and how much this album means to me. So many memories tied up with this one ever since I first listened to it when I was 13. Made it trying to portray how every time I come back to this album it’s like this teenage universe is still frozen in time, all the songs, moments, colours, feelings, places I grew up in all suspended in space. Soundtrack to your own never ending coming of age movie. Never ever gets old.
Tyler duran San Antonio, Texas, US
My mom is the reason I’ve been such a deep and engaged pumpkin fan for most of my life. From being a kid jamming to machina and machina 2 with her all the way to growing up and experiencing a new era of the pumpkins. One never before seen <3
Festivals in decades past
David Fisher London, GB
Seldom did I attend a festival or show without a Smashing Pumpkins shirt. A few cans of beer from the cheapest place possible, great music and some dodgy sunglasses. I miss those days! <3 SP
Bad 90s haircut
Rich Chicago, US
Couldn’t tell you exactly when this was but in middle school you’d most likely find me in one of my SP shirts!
My year of military service
Maurizio Sartori Udine, IT
When I met my girlfriend I listened to Siamese Dreams, but when I completed my military service in 1985 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness accompanied me during that time. Hello from Italy
My zero t-shirt
My everyday T-shirt for years, since 1997. Couldn’t wear anything else. uniform for all sp shows in Brazil. I remember it was almost impossible to buy it here, so my sister brought me from Chicago as a gift for my birthday. I cryed like a baby when I figured out what it was.
Christi Sioux Falls, US
I remember you from rooftop hanging out many years ago!
I met my girlfriend when I was 14 years old. We bonded and fell in love over many songs from the Melancollie and the Infinite Sadness Album. For 20 years, every time I heard any of these songs it reminded me of her. After 20 years of not seeing each other, we reconnected and were married and we chose Thirty Three as our wedding song.
Queen of Lake Michigan
Brian Kalamazoo , US
One of the lucky fans who got to see the MCIS tour (6/25/96 Saginaw, MI) prior to J.C. being fired. Venue was a small place to open such a big tour, but the floor was GA and wi was ready to hustle. Garbage opened the show and I was front row looking up at Shirley rocking out. When SP went on they were on point, I remember Billy telling the crowd that D’Arcy was aka “The Queen of Lake Michigan” and she seemed really embarrassed. During Fuck You I managed to make my way up to the front and was able to hold on to the barrier thru all 3 encores. Riding in the back seat on the way home the DJ on Z93 said that his boss called from the show and told him to keep playing SP the rest of the night.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness tattoo in micro realism 🖤
Amalia Ricalde Bogotá , CO
My first and favorite tattoo in honor of MCIS 🖤
Memories with my dad
Brianne Dickman Springfield, MO, US
I was 9/10-years-old when the album came out. I remember my dad bought the cassette tape(s) and he put the first one into the tape player in his old single-cab Toyota and it was the first time I had heard Smashing Pumpkins and I was in love. Anytime I hear 1979, thirty-three, zero, etc. I always think back to driving around on dusty, Missouri roads with my dad.
Things moved slower back then
Jerrod Grandville, US
September 1996 and I just started high school. Bought Mellon Collie the previous spring and Siamese Dream that the summer, which inspired me to play guitar. As I was learning my first chords, my SP obsession was forming and I bought Gish on a hot Sunday afternoon at our local “record store”. We had to walk, it was about 20 minutes crossing busy streets and parking lots. Had not heard a song on the album prior to buying, music was so much more difficult to access back then. If it wasn’t on the Radio or MTV, and if a friend didn’t own it, you couldn’t hear it. I knew buying this album blind would not disappoint, and it was time. I Am One and Snail caught my attention first. My favorite track on the album, Bury Me, didn’t hook me until 9 years later, when it told the story of a girlfriend who had recently broke my heart. SP and Billy Corgan remain my all time favorite, the essential piece in my music journey.
Elizabeth Cornwall , GB
Looking for a kiss kiss
My Zero T-shirt
Marília Maggioni Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, BR
I joined the Smashing Pumpkins Message Board back in the late 90-00’s and made great friends overseas. One of the kindest person there was Sherry, aka Hollasher, and knowing the huge fan I was plus how hard was to find some band stuff here in Brazil those days, she sent me this Zero T-shirt. It is precious to me, like everything related to MCIS, the first SP album I’ve ever listened to and where it all started.
A reason to live
I was about 19 years old when I painted this in 1999. I suffered from severe depression and anxiety. I spent much of my Highschool years confined to mental hospitals. Mellon Collie gave me a connection and release to what I was going through. Painting was also very therapeutic, so it just seemed natural to paint something “Smashing Pumpkins”. I suffered a lot of abuse and felt like taking my life. Feeling so alone but having a connection to lyrics and a sound that moved me literally saved my life. Bullet with Butterfly Wings was my anthem. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your music, and everything.
Very First Concert
Infinite Sadness tour February 1, 1997 at the old Charlotte coliseum…. I was 8 years old and my parents took me to my very first concert. Fountains of Wayne opened for SP. Fast forward 24 years later, my parents and I got to see SP again last month at Sea Hear Now. I’m still on cloud 9!