Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness whether it was your favorite album from The Smashing Pumpkins has to be respected as their pinnacle and most epic work! I remember I finally caught up with my friends and got my first c.d. player around the time the Bullet With Butterfly Wings video debuted on MTV. As a huge fan of Siamese Dream I was anticipating seeing this and I was floored, mouth agape at the result. While I loved the music of Siamese Dream this was a completely different experience. I felt like SP had hit the pulse of something huge. The video and song was dirty, grimy and dark but at the same time it was stylish, glamorous and Billy definitely seemed like he was claiming rock royalty as he sat in his dark throne! No longer was SP a dreamy, fuzzy, spacy rock band! They had woken up to rock every angsty teen by with style and capture that essence like never before! After I didn't get MCatIS for christmas (and instead got *cough* Mariah Carey *cough*) I did what any young guy had to do and scrounge every dollar and piece of change they could to finally purchase what they anticipated in a fashion that only a youth understands. When I finally got this c.d. I WORSHIPPED it like nothing before or since. Like an Indian with a buffalo I used every part without waste! When I wasn't listening to the music I would just look at the lyric book and read them like they were passages from a poetry collection. I loved everything down to the little drawings corresponding with each lyric! I even loved the way the text looked. I gawked at all the bizarre drawings which I have a cool interview with the artist, Frank Olinsky, right here at this link: http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/ciu/59/76/3533024128a0bcd38e646010.L.jpg I remember how cool these guys looked! Billy in his silver pants and best band shirt to ever be marketed IMO, the Zero shirt! James with his glossy whatever look! The bright colored flying jimmy! D' Arcy with the WTF carrot picture! To me they were my icons of cool! I have paint spots still on that booklet from bringing that booklet to Art class and painting from it. The case is busted, the pages worn and so many light scratchs on each disc that I call that album old faithful since it still plays without a skip. That c.d. represents a time, a feeling and just an overall feeling for me. It also shows how whether it be a c.d., a cassette or record the experience is such a part of the enjoyment that Mp3s will never give you! Now I've barely even touched on the music itself which is next!