The black turtleneck to Kurt Cobain's flannel shirt, Billy Corgan brought an auteur's sensibility to Nineties alternative rock: He didn't smash guitars, he stroked them into ecstatic swells of heaviosity as he cooed composition-book poetry. With 1993's Siamese Dream – which, like the band’s debut, Gish, has been beautifully remastered and loaded with extras, including a hometown show on DVD – Corgan built a monument to art rock and OCD. His dizzy, acid-softened side lent songs like "Hummer" their poignancy – and animates the best bonus material. Are those bongos on "Blue"?
From The Archives Issue 1145: December 8, 2011