Yo, this be Reuben. Forget I was ever here? I don’t blame you. As per, all apologies for my frequent absence from this site. Maybe once school finishes for the summer I’ll write some more. Anyway, I thought I’d get the ball rolling a bit with a quick li’l RRR, which is exactly the same as Milo’s MMM series, but BETTER.
Whether that statement is true or not, this single by The Smashing Pumpkins is a fantastic song. Before hearing 1979, I knew little about the band other than the fact Billy Corgan’s a bit of a twonk with a naisly voice (mainly from The Simpsons, but yunno). I assumed it was all mopey rubbish, but I assumed wrong. Although I still don’t have a huge appreciation for the band’s overall work or their discography as of yet and I haven’t found many songs that have similar pulling power to this one, this single shows at least a sprinkling of why they’re considered in such great light and makes me want to try some more. Here’s the video:
From 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1979 is just so damn chill. It’s one of those grungey songs that has a brilliant calming quality, with a steady mid-paced hi-hat driven beat running through the whole thing and dreamy guitars and vocal effects giving it a really unique and sleepy feel. The vocal melodies from Billy Corgan are catchy as hell and soothing, as in this instance at least his strange voice works as it weaves in and out of the threading guitars and soundscapes. There’s an interesting contrast in the song, too, between the general melancholy feel Corgan brings to the music and the care-free, youthful lyrics and blissful melodies. Moreover, the track’s got a comforting sense of familiarity to it, as it’s kinda cyclicle and has a repetitive nature, but it always does enough different to stay fresh.
At the end of the day, there’s little bells or whistles here, it’s just simple, free flowing music, and it encapsulates the time period in the song title perfectly. It took me a while to properly get into it, but this song could go up in my estimation more as one of the best songs of its decade.
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