Saturday, November 25, 1995

Smashing Pumpkins “1979” charted


Smashing Pumpkins

Writer(s): Billy Corgan (see lyrics here)

Released: January 23, 1996

First Charted: November 25, 1995

Peak: 9a US, 11 CB, 7 GR, 9 RR, 30 A40, 3 AA, 12 AR, 11 MR, 16 UK, 2 CN, 16 AU, 7 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 0.4 UK

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.6 radio, 221.8 video, 411.49 streaming


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About the Song:

The Smashing Pumpkins were an alternative rock band who formed in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois. Their debut album, Gish, was released in 1991. It flew under the radar, peaking at #146, but eventually selling a million copies. Their second album, 1993’s Siamese Dream, was a huge leap forward, selling four million copies and reaching #10 on the Billboard album chart.

In 1995, they released Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a double album that saw the group reach #1 on the album chart and achieve diamond certification for ten million in sales. The lead single, “Bullet with Butterfly Wings,” gave the group their first entry (#22) on the Billboard Hot 100 and was the first of five alternative-rock top-ten hits from the album. It was the second single, “1979,” which gave the group their biggest hit. It reached #1 on the alternative-rock chart and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 (#9 airplay).

Frontman Billy Corgan wrote a version of the song long before it appeared on Mellon Collie. SF It started as a song called “Strolling” and ended up the last of 56 songs written for consideration for the album. WK Flood, the album’s producer, didn’t think it was good enough and gave Corgan 24 hours to make it work. SF

That night Corgan spent four hours writing “a nostalgic coming-of-age story.” WK He considered the year 1979, when he turned twelve, to be “his transition into adolescence” WK and eventually being in high school “and having adult responsibilities like a car and job, but still being very much a youth and dependent on his parents.” SF Flood immediately approved and Corgan considered it “the most personally important song” WK on the album.

The song was nominated for Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.


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First posted 4/20/2023.

Monday, November 13, 1995

Squeeze released Ridiculous



Released: November 13, 1995

Peak: -- US, 50 UK

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: new wave


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Electric Trains [4:03] (10/30/95, 44 UK)
  2. Heaven Knows [4:34] (5/27/96, 27 UK)
  3. Grouch of the Day [3:27]
  4. Walk Away [4:43]
  5. This Summer [3:39] (8/21/95, 32 UK)
  6. Got to Me (Wilkinson) [3:45]
  7. Long Face [4:31]
  8. I Want You [4:03]
  9. Daphne [3:44]
  10. Lost for Words [1:59]
  11. Great Escape [3:27]
  12. Temptation for Love [3:37]
  13. Sound Asleep [4:38]
  14. Fingertips [5:40]

Songs written by Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 55:59

The Players:

  • Chris Difford (vocals, guitar)
  • Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar, keyboards)
  • Keith Wilkinson (bass)
  • Kevin Wilkinson (drums)


3.033 out of 5.00 (average of 17 ratings)

Quotable: ”Smart and stylish pop music for discerning listeners” –

About the Album:

”After nearly 20 years of recording, it would be easy to write Squeeze off as spent creative force – certainly their mosty recent albums have seemed like somewhat forced attempts to recapture the glory days.” AMG Ridiculous isn't an embarrassing attempt to rewrite previous hits, but rather, a natural progression executed with a dignified maturity rather than resignation.” AMG

”This…album came out to little fanfare in the States, though Squeeze continued to be a solid draw in their homeland England, with a back catalog justifiably revered by their following.” CDU Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, “the only original members left and still the band's primary songwriters” AMG “offer up…smartly written and arranged odes to the ins and outs of life and love.” CDU The pair “seem content to have passed the Brit-pop torch on.” AMG

”The record is jammed with distorted guitars, fat bass lines, plodding electric organ lines, and echoey drums. They get totally carried away with shameless Baby Boomer pandering on the record's one obvious potential hit ("Electric Trains"), a relatively upbeat effort with an enthusiastic beat and groovy string and backing vocal arrangements.” JA ”This is smart and stylish pop music for discerning listeners. The hooks are subtle and yield their rewards slowly but unshakably.” CDU

Electric Trains is a heartfelt reminiscence back to a boyhood transition from the hobby mentioned in the title to a guitar and a band.” CDU

Grouch of the Day is a moderately successful attempt at emulating [The Beatles’] Revolver [with it's] bouncy, reverby 12-string sound.” JA

Long Face is a moody, thoroughly modernized electronic dance number with a breathless, distorted Chris Difford lead vocal.” JA

I Want You gets a big bombastic string arrangement.” JA

”As the band are wont to do, the album's name shows up as simply a word in Daphne which has a chorus of ‘Daphne, don't be ridiculous’” CDU and “a warped country-western vibe that's a little amusing.” JA

"Great Escape has a funky chorus worthy of Midnight Oil.” JA

”The gorgeous Temptation for Love finds Tilbrook dueting with one Cathy Denis whose parallel singing is like a soft drop shadow.” CDU “The very mellow love song…sounds much like early 70's Stevie Wonder.” JA

When all is said and done, this album falls into the same pile as most of Squeeze’s output – a collection of well-written and sung shoulda-been hits that go nowhere fast. Then again, “catchy” isn’t enough to make an album a classic and while this album may be able to boast of catchiness, it can’t call itself a classic.

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First posted 3/16/2006; last updated 2/7/2022.

Saturday, November 11, 1995

Oasis chart with “Wonderwall”



Writer(s): Noel Gallagher (see lyrics here)

Released: October 30, 1995

First Charted: November 11, 1995

Peak: 8 US, 6 CB, 9 RR, 33 AC, 30 A40, 5 AA, 9 AR, 110 MR, 2 UK, 5 CN, 11 AU, 8 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, 3.0 UK, 4.2 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 955.0 video, 1732.78 streaming


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About the Song:

The English rock band “Oasis had a lot of shining moments, but ‘Wonderwall’ was their brightest.” CT They burst out of the gate with their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe, racking up four top-40 hits in the UK. While they charted a few songs on the Billboard alternative chart, they didn’t make the Hot 100 until “Wonderwall,” the third single from sophomore album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? The song reached the top 10 in the U.S. and ten other charts.

The band’s guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher wrote the song, but his brother Liam sang it. The song’s worldwide success made him “to many the frontman of the decade.” CT Originally titled “Wishing Stone,” the final title was inspired by George Harrison’s solo album Wonderwall Music. WK “Wonderwall” refers to “a schoolboy’s wall to which posters of footballers and pop stars are attached,” SF but also creepily references a ‘60s movie called Wonderwall: From Psychedia to Surrealism in which a voyeur makes holes in his wall to watch his neighbor. SF Noel initially said he wrote it for his then-girlfriend and later wife Meg Mathews but later claimed it was about “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself.” WK

All Music Guide’s Chris True called it “one of the best love songs ever written” CT and Shawn M. Haney called it “a British rock anthem resonating with hope.” SH British fans agreed, naming it the best British song of all time in Virgin Radio poll in 2005 and again in 2016 in a Radio X poll. WK U2’s The Edge and Blur’s Alex James have both said they wish they’d written the song. WK

Two different videos were made for the song. The first won the British Video of the Year at the 1996 Brit Awards. The song was also nominated for Grammys for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Vocal Performance.


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First posted 1/27/2021; last updated 8/24/2023.