The Smashing Pumpkins – [2000] MACHINA II / The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music

A true case of an underground release. Uncompromising hard rock, akin to Nine Inch Nails marrying AC/DC, straight from vinyl.

Yes, this is a release by the Smashing Pumpkins, released by the artists partly in protest against their record label. The original release consisted of only 25 hand-pressed LPs, which found their way to radio stations and devoted fans, with instructions to duplicate and spread the record. And so it did. This version was digitized by a radio station, so hopefully this is as close as possible to the band’s intentions, and those are: rock hard.

2.02. The Smashing Pumpkins – Cash Car Star

Slick is the bass lines, tight are the kick drums, frantic are the guitar riffs. Yeeeah, nobody understands, but everything’s to like!

2.08. The Smashing Pumpkins – Home

A wonderful song, whose slightly distorted mastering gives this otherwise calm track a rough edge.

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