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Old 08-12-2017, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default Has listening to the Pumpkins changed your life?

alt title == smashing pumpkins appreciation thread

I dunno, I don't know where I'd be right now if I hadn't downloaded Rotten Apples 6 years ago.

Despite the protestations of noonoo, Jimmy Chamberlin has been an incredible influence on me. When I first started playing drums, I was listening to mostly Nirvana, trying to copy Dave Grohl, and broke a ton of sticks and a few crash cymbals. Then I started to listen to the Pumpkins, and realize what a genius Jimmy C is.....I only ever started to give a shit about rudiments cause of that double stroke roll in the middle section of Quiet. It was only when I started to listen to Jimmy and the Pumpkins I started to learn how to play my instrument dynamically and gracefully, how to play offbeat snare hits, how to be a musician.

The first guitar I bought was a black Les Paul cause that's kinda what Iha was playing on the Mellon Collie tour.

The Pumpkins were an incredible band, and really started to get me into proper music and just made my life better in innumerable ways.

maybe that's why I have like 4 thousand posts on here. jesus.

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:19 AM   #2
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for the worse because now i have to see your shitty posts everyday

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:21 AM   #3
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haha

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:23 AM   #4
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still got it

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:33 AM   #5
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I'm still mostly overall a Primus fan

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:44 AM   #6
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it made me retarded

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:44 AM   #7
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i dont know if my life would have been significantly different or if i just would have found some other band, but it feels like they influenced me greatly. playing guitar and songwriting were a big part of my life for awhile. feeling like someone understood my pain was incredibly powerful as a teenager. the music and lore is intertwined in my life in a way that nothing else is, even though i barely listen to them now.

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:57 AM   #8
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yes.

if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have posted here, if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't have met someone from here that introduced me to lots of music and a record store where I saw an ad of a band searching for a bass player. if it wasn't for that band, I wouldn't have been in my current one, I wouldn't have met my gf, I wouldn't live in this house.

least I could do was buy all their albums.












the ones up till 2000, that is.

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:58 PM   #9
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i dont know if my life would have been significantly different or if i just would have found some other band, but it feels like they influenced me greatly. playing guitar and songwriting were a big part of my life for awhile. feeling like someone understood my pain was incredibly powerful as a teenager. the music and lore is intertwined in my life in a way that nothing else is, even though i barely listen to them now.
my serious answer is basically this, although I do wonder what sort of negative influence billy corgan has had on my mental health

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:59 PM   #10
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my serious answer is basically this, although I do wonder what sort of negative influence billy corgan has had on my mental health
i can field this one. my life has gone significantly downhill since 2007.

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:39 PM   #11
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I'm still mostly overall a Primus fan
Primus Sucks!

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:31 PM   #12
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As a formative youth, they taught me ("gave me a language of" you could say) what rock/pop music was capable of, with regards to songwriting, performance, production, emotion, live show, imagery, etc.

 
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:46 PM   #13
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Well, I do have lace sensor pickups and a Big Muff nano.

 
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:47 AM   #14
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for the worse because now i have to see your shitty posts everyday
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:33 AM   #15
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I'd say SP was definitely a game changer for me. Someone asked the other day who my favorite bands were in order and I kind of struggled whether I should still be putting SP at the top for sentimental purposes.

I got into SP in 95. I was in eighth grade and my cousin a couple years older was super into them so I was vaguely familiar with siamese dream. Back then I think it helped that i was so tangible. MCIS was had such amazing packaging and so did TAFH. The music was great, but you also didn't have access to any song at any moment, so when you paid 24.99 for a cd you damn well revisited the album quite a bit. SP was really the first band I took a deep dive on.

I think today intro was the first snippet of something I learned on guitar (along with come as you are riff). If i sit and play guitar long enough I will always end up playing and SP song at some point.

 
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:20 AM   #16
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Yeah, the pumpkins were the first band who really spoke to me. I learned to appreciate all sorts of art because of them - it was like a switch.

Also, I live with someone I met on the oboard in 2001. I wouldn't have met her nor moved to the UK otherwise. I also met my best friend there. Half the people who were really influential in my life were pumpkins fans.

 
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:38 PM   #17
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for the worse!!

 
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HOW DARE YOU!!!!

 
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:04 AM   #19
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wHATcOLOR nailed it.

 
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Every time I lose a strand of hair on my head, I reassure myself that it's okay, because Bill PC is bald and it's cool - or at least at one time it was cool. Otherwise I'd only have Michael Stipe and Steve Harvey as role models. So, thanks for easing my fear of male pattern baldness.

 
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:28 PM   #21
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yes, I fell back in love with the band after being a casual fan my whole life nearly 8 years ago, at that point i was very interested in the guitar and Billy's exploration of what the guitar could do gripped me. obviously i connected with the songs, and the concept of being an 'everything band' - that could rock in 700 different ways, that could go acoustic, crazy, cyber weird, retro medieval, whatever. Mellon Collie was kaleidoscopic (lol) and revelatory for me at the time. I had always had MCIS and SD around and appreciated them but was daunted by them the same way i'm daunted by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy now. as well as their ambition, work ethic, & complete dedication to craft.

 
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:31 PM   #22
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Yes

 
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:38 PM   #23
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Old 08-16-2017, 05:39 PM   #24
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id pay good money to see that shit. whatcolor is a god among men.


also tsp made me shave my head, learn to play all the riffs and the easy solos too.

 
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:14 PM   #25
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and yeah as a guitar player Billy was hugely influential for me. specifically his frequent use of vibrato, octave chords, his scooped mids clean tone, and unique chord voicings.

 
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scooped mids clean tone sucks!

 
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Mellon Collie was kaleidoscopic (lol) and revelatory for me at the time.
it brought a garden of tears to my eye

 
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I've stopped using consonants when I speak. I'm only using them here for ease of comprehension.

 
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