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On this night in 1996 you were listening to... Smashing Pumpkins

A Friday Flashback to get your weekend started…

Billy Corgan in the Tonight, Tonight video
Billy Corgan in the Tonight, Tonight video


Ah, the sweet sounds of mid-90s post-grungers Smashing Pumpkins, with the wonderfully nasal Billy Corgan (hope he doesn’t read this – sorry, Billy) at the helm.

This May 1996 single came from their groundbreaking Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness double-album (which at least two staff members owned on tape), and the video was obviously inspired by George Méliès, who himself broke ground in the movie world.

Tonight, Tonight perfectly captures the Pumpkins’ transition from earnest indie band to genre-shattering experimenters with a love for the melodramatic, and it still sounds incredible 17 years on.

In the intervening years, the band members went their separate ways, Corgan was inspired by Paris Hilton at one point, and things went a little bit weird, but when the Pumpkins were at their best, by god were they brilliant.


On this night in 1997 you were listening to… Eternal>

On this night in 1998 you were listening to… All Saints>

Every Friday Flashback you could possibly want…>

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