Music Review: ‘Siamese Dream’ by The Smashing Pumpkins


Michael Young, Journalist

Siamese Dream is the second album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, which was released in 1993.

The first single off of the album, “Cherub Rock” is a classic. It has a fuzzy guitar sound—a staple of the Pumpkins— and a great intro that is Red Hot Chili-Peppers-esque.

The third song on the album, and the second single, “Today,” is what caused the Pumpkins to really succeed. With a great intro, interesting lyrics about the moment, and a timeless guitar rift, the song was destined to become their first huge hit.

The final single, “Disarm,” was released in 1994. While rumored to be about abortion, lead singer Billy Corgan has stated that it is about his experiences of childhood abuse.

“Disarm” has a very different sound from the other singles—an acoustic guitar, bells, and an orchestral sound, combine to produce a powerful and emotional song.

The singles aren’t everything, however. “Geek USA,” “Spaceboy,” and “Mayonaise” have garnered attention as well.

While not being a single, “Mayonaise” has become a clear fan favorite for its seemingly powerful vocals and lyrics. Many consider it the best song written by The Smashing Pumpkins.

“Hummer” is a personal favorite of mine, as the song starts with a very electric-guitar driven sound and ends with a soft melody.

Overall, Siamese Dream was the album that brought the Smashing Pumpkins into the mainstream, bringing their fuzzy guitars and alternative sound to the masses.