Smashing Pumpkins are a fairly polarising band – what with Billy Corgan’s tendency to be a total cock, but if you ever get home at 2am after a night on the tiles and just want to chill on the couch for a while before hitting the sack, a Smashing Pumpkins special on Rage is as good as a pug in an Eames chair. To a lot of people The Pumpkins’ “hits” are familiar enough to be the sonic equivalent of a reliable pal that lives overseas. I suppose that’s my relationship with them: I don’t have all the albums or anything but I’ve got a collection of the singles and I wouldn’t change the station if “Disarm” came on. Same goes for Elton John.
Passion Pit have done a cover of “Tonight, Tonight” for the Levi’s Pioneer Sessions ” but instead of a piece of grandiose rock, he’s instead created a synthy underwater symphony” – as per the description on the website. Damn. The best thing about that song is the ridiculous orchestral shit – timpanis and gongs, etc.
Take a listen.
Passion Pit – Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins Cover) by MCMLXXXVIII
In the following video Michael Angelakos, the main dude from Passion Pit, describes exactly what he did in order to
butcher turn the song into a synthy underwater symphony.