|Single by The Smashing Pumpkins|
from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
|Released||January 23, 1996|
|Format||Vinyl record (7" and 12"), CD and cassette|
|Producer||Flood, Alan Moulder and Billy Corgan|
|The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology|
|Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness track listing|
"1979" is an alternative rock song written by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and was the second single from their third album, 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The Smashing Pumpkins are an American Alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third album by American Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released October 24 1995 on Events 393 - Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) A gramophone A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an Optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio The Compact Cassette, often referred to as audio cassette, cassette tape, cassette, or simply tape, is a Magnetic tape sound Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Virgin Records is a British Record label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, Simon Draper, and Nik Powell A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both William Patrick Corgan Jr (born March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove Village Illinois) is an American Singer, Songwriter, In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Flood is the professional Pseudonym of the British Post punk / Alternative rock Record producer Mark Ellis, whose Alan Moulder (born 11 June, 1959) is one of Britain's premier Alternative rock Record producers. William Patrick Corgan Jr (born March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove Village Illinois) is an American Singer, Songwriter, The Smashing Pumpkins are an American Alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988 " Bullet with Butterfly Wings " is a song by American Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. "Zero" is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the third single from their third album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third album by American Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released October 24 1995 on Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt-rock or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of William Patrick Corgan Jr (born March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove Village Illinois) is an American Singer, Songwriter, The Smashing Pumpkins are an American Alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third album by American Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released October 24 1995 on The song was nominated for the Record of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video. The Record of the Year is one of the four most prestigious Grammy Awards presented annually U2 holds the record for most awards with a total of 7 2000s Grammy Awards of 2008 The White Stripes for " Icky Thump " The following is a list of MTV Video Music Award winners for Best Alternative Video. According to Corgan, the song is about making the transition from youth to adulthood.
The song features loops and samples, which were previously used (to a lesser extent) on album tracks such as "Hummer", but never before on a single; Corgan calls it "not the typical Pumpkins song. In Electronic music, a loop is a sample which is repeated Loops may be repeated through the use of Tape loops delay effects cutting between In Music, sampling is the act of taking a portion or sample, of one Sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording " The song was popular with critics and fans, becoming a "somewhat surprising hit. " It proved so popular that it later spawned a second single, "The 1979 Mixes", featuring remixes of the song. A remix is an alternative version of a song different from the original version It was featured in the box set The Aeroplane Flies High and appeared on the band's greatest hits album Rotten Apples. The Aeroplane Flies High is a five-disc boxed set released by The Smashing Pumpkins. Rotten Apples is a Greatest hits Compilation album by the Alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins.
"1979" was the first Smashing Pumpkins single with obvious electronic influences. Electronic music is music that employs Electronic musical instruments and Electronic Music technology in its production The electronic elements of "1979" were explored more in depth in soundtrack songs "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" and "Eye," and continued in select tracks on the follow-up to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore. " The End Is the Beginning Is the End " is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. " Eye " is a song by the band The Smashing Pumpkins, which featured on the soundtrack of the David Lynch film Lost Highway. Adore is the fourth studio Album by American Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. As James Iha said in 1996, "The future is in electronic music. James Yoshinobu Iha ( Japanese 井葉吉伸 Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ Jēmusu Iha) born March 26, 1968 in It really seems boring just to play rock music. "
According to statements in interviews, Billy Corgan worked nonstop after the Siamese Dream tour and wrote about 56 songs for Mellon Collie, the last of which was "1979". Siamese Dream is the second studio album by the American Alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27 1993 on Virgin Records As the Mellon Collie sessions came to a conclusion, "1979" was just a couple of chord changes and a snippet of a melody without words. This article describes musical chords in traditional Western styles When the time came to choose the songs that were to appear on the album, producer Flood said that "1979" was "not good enough" and wanted to drop it from the record. Flood is the professional Pseudonym of the British Post punk / Alternative rock Record producer Mark Ellis, whose This, however, inspired Corgan to finish it in four hours. The next day, Flood heard "1979" once and decided immediately to put it on the album.  Corgan considers "1979" the most personally important song on Mellon Collie. 
Controversial Milwaukee band The Frogs have stated at concerts and on their website that the main guitar riff from "1979" was influenced by the riff in their song "Pleasure". The Frogs are an American Rock music band founded in 1980, in Milwaukee Wisconsin, by brothers Jimmy and Dennis Flemion. In Music, a riff is an Ostinato figure a repeated Chord progression, pattern refrain or melodic figure, often played by the Rhythm  Frogs guitarist Jimmy Flemion gave Billy Corgan a demo containing "Pleasure" in 1993. Flemion and his brother Dennis are good friends with Corgan, and Dennis was the touring keyboarding for the Pumpkins during the 1996–1997 tour, following the heroin overdose by Jonathan Melvoin. Dennis Flemion is a founding member with his younger Brother Jimmy, of controversial independent rock band The Frogs. Heroin ( INN: diacetylmorphine, BAN: diamorphine) is a semi-synthetic opioid synthesized from Morphine, a derivative Jonathan Melvoin ( December 6, 1961 - July 12, 1996) was an American musician active in the '80s and '90s 
"1979" is one of the most frequently performed songs by the Pumpkins, having been played at most of the Pumpkins' concerts since 1995. 
Although it did not appear on the soundtrack, "1979" was featured in the 2006 film Clerks 2, becoming one of the first Smashing Pumpkins songs to later be licensed for commercial use. Clerks II is the sequel to Kevin Smith 's 1994 movie Clerks, and his sixth feature film to be set in the View Askewniverse However, the band had recorded songs specifically for soundtracks in the past ("The End Is the Beginning Is the End" for Batman & Robin and "Eye" for Lost Highway). " The End Is the Beginning Is the End " is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. " Batman & Robin " is a 1997 film from the Batman film series starring George Clooney as Batman, Chris O'Donnell returning " Eye " is a song by the band The Smashing Pumpkins, which featured on the soundtrack of the David Lynch film Lost Highway. Lost Highway is a 1997 Psychological thriller directed by David Lynch. The song is also featured on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack.
The music video for "1979" was directed by the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who had previously directed the music video for "Rocket". A music video is a Short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music most commonly a Song with lyrics Jonathan Dayton (born 7 July 1957 in Alameda County California) and Valerie Faris (born 20 October 1958 in Los " Rocket " is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the fourth and final single from their second album Siamese Dream, and was This team later directed the music videos for "Tonight, Tonight", "The End is the Beginning is the End", and "Perfect". "Tonight Tonight" is also the name of a song by Finnish band The Rasmus from the album " Hell of a Tester. " The End Is the Beginning Is the End " is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. The video stars Larry Capelli and Giuseppe Andrews, the latter of whom reappeared in the "sequel" to the "1979" video, "Perfect". Giuseppe Andrews (born April 25, 1979) is an American Actor / writer / director known for his roles as Lex in the 1999 Film
The video follows a day in the life of disaffected teenagers living in suburbia. South San Jose (cropjpg||thumb|A suburban development in San Jose California. It is based on Corgan's idealized version of teenage life, while also trying to capture the feeling of being bored as a teenager. Originally, Corgan wanted a scene of violence, in which the convenience store seen at the end of the video was trashed by the teenagers, but Dayton and Faris convinced him to go for something more tame. The band members had bit parts in the video; James Iha appears as a convenience store clerk, D'arcy Wretzky as an irate neighbour, and Jimmy Chamberlin as a policeman. A bit part is a supporting acting role with at least one line of dialogue James Yoshinobu Iha ( Japanese 井葉吉伸 Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ Jēmusu Iha) born March 26, 1968 in D'arcy Elizabeth Wretzky (born May 1, 1968 in South Haven, Michigan) is a rock musician best known for her work as a bass player with Jimmy Chamberlin (born June 10 1964 is an American Drummer, songwriter and producer. Band manager "Gooch" plays Jimmy's partner. 
Upon finishing the video shoot, the band flew to New York to perform. However, all tapes of the footage were accidentally left sitting on top of a car, and were lost as the driver departed. The group later flew back to reshoot the entire video again. 
Originally, the band approached another director (possibly Spike Jonze) to film the video for "1979". Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel October 22, 1969) is an American director of Music videos and commercials and an Academy His idea was that all the band members were residents in an alien hotel and they were all going to have especially made alien-elephant masks. Extraterrestrial life is Life originating outside of the Earth. This video would have cost over a million dollars. 
The "1979" video was highly acclaimed. It won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video in 1996. The following is a list of MTV Video Music Award winners for Best Alternative Video. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) It was one of Canadian cable television music channel MuchMusic's Countdown number-one videos of 1996. MuchMusic (often referred to only as Much) is a Canadian English language Cable television Specialty channel owned by CTVglobemedia The Much Music Countdown is a ninety-minute Music video program block that airs on Canadian music television station MuchMusic. Billy Corgan considers it the Pumpkins' best video, calling it "the closest we've ever come to realizing everything we wanted. "
Tracks 1, 2 and 4 are by Roli Mosimann. William Patrick Corgan Jr (born March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove Village Illinois) is an American Singer, Songwriter, James Yoshinobu Iha ( Japanese 井葉吉伸 Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ Jēmusu Iha) born March 26, 1968 in Roli Mosimann is a Drummer, Electronic musician and Record producer whose contributions range from industrial to pop. Track 3 is by Moby, who remixed the song pro bono. Richard Melville Hall, also known as Moby (born September 11, 1965 in Harlem, New York) is an American DJ 
"1979" was the Smashing Pumpkins' highest-charting single, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. Hot Modern Rock Tracks (originally called Modern Rock Tracks) is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in ''Billboard'' magazine since September Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (originally called Mainstream Rock Tracks) is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on Mainstream rock Notably "1979" peaked at number 54 on the U. S. Hot Digital Songs in 2005, nine years after first being released. The Hot Digital Songs chart ranks the best-selling digital singles in the United States, according to Billboard. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
U-Melt has covered the song on numerous occasions. U-Melt is an American Jamband from New York City, USA Formed in 2003 this quartet's sound includes elements of a wide variety of musical genres including  Toronto band Jacksoul recorded the song for their 2006 cover album My Soul. Jacksoul, sometimes written jacksoul, is a Canadian band that plays Soul, R&b, and Jazz music with smooth funky rhythms and melodies  Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas recorded a cover, which was released exclusively on iTunes. Matchbox Twenty (or MB20, MBT, M20, originally spelled Matchbox 20) is a Grammy-nominated Rock band formed in Orlando Robert Kelly Thomas (born February 14, 1972, in Landstuhl, Germany on a US military base is an American rock recording artist and iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application introduced by Apple Inc
|"1979" from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness|
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|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single|
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