Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins (Virgin, 1995)
This was the third album by American alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins. This 28-track album was released as a 2-disc CD and triple LP, it also featured a wide variety of
musical styles. It is in no way an understatement to say that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness changed the lives of the band members dramatically.
The album debuted at number one — their only album that has achieved such a feat; it has been certified as Diamond status in both the U.S. and Canada. Mellon Collie and the six released singles earned the Pumpkins seven 1997 Grammy Award nominations. They won a Grammy Award (their first) for Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal for the lead single Bullet with Butterfly Wings. The seven nominations was the second-highest number of nominations that year. Mellon Collie was and has always remained a critical darling. If all that wasn’t enough, let’s add in that four of Mellon Collie‘s singles crossed over from the rock charts and became the Pumpkins’ first Top 40 hits. Essentially what all this means is Mellon Collie propelled the Smashing Pumpkins to superstardom.
Mellon Collie peaked at #1 in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Sweden; #2 in Belgium and Canada; #4 in the U.K.; #6 in the Netherlands; #7 in Norway; #14 in Finland; #21 in Germany; #27 in Switzerland; #34 in France and #36 in Austria.
The lead single, Bullet with Butterfly Wings was the band’s first Top 40 hit, peaking at #22 on the Hot 100. The second single 1979 remains the Pumpkins’ highest-charting single, peaking at #12 (#1 on both the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts). It also hit #1 on Canada’s Alternative 30 chart; #2 on their Top Singles or RPM chart. The third single Tonight, Tonight peaked at #36 on the Hot 100. Its best chart position were in New Zealand and Canada’s Alternative 30 chart, hitting #2. The fourth single Zero hit #49 on the Hot 100 and hit #3 in New Zealand. The fifth single Muzzle was a promo track, but still managed to peak at #57 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Canada’s Alternative chart. The final single release Thirty-Three was their first release after the death of their touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and the firing of their drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Neither stopped the single from charting; it hit #39 on the Hot 100 and hit #7 in New Zealand.