Thursday, June 24, 2010

Passion Pit cover The Smashing Pumpkins, no casualties

The Smashing Pumpkins' sprawling, disjointed double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is a rock masterpiece. Stuffed to the brim with crunching guitars, impossible drum fills and baroque flourishes, it is a jaw-dropping document of an insanely prodigious songwriter at the top of their game. 15 years later, I would still recommend it to anyone with who can withstand (a) the appalling title and (b) the nasal trumpeting that Billy Corgan refers to as "my singing voice".

Massachusetts inide-popsters Passion Pit are clearly fans, as they've chosen to cover the album's soaring opener, Tonight, Tonight, for some Levis promotional thingy. The results are pretty damn good, too. Have a listen.

Passion Pit - Tonight, Tonight

If you like that - check out the original over at Youtube (embedding disabled by request), which has a fantastic video inspired by the 1902 Georges Méliès film Trip to the Moon. And the aforementioed jeans manufacturer is offering a free download of the Passion Pit track to anyone who hands over sensitive personal data on their official website.

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