Sunday, March 11th, 2012
"We Only Come Out At Night"
Fanfarlo covers The Smashing Pumpkins
iTunesBack in high school, like many others, I was a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan. Siamese Dream was the jam. Played the cassette to death, eventually replaced it with a CD and if it were possible, the laser in my discman would have burned right through it. And yet, I didn’t take to Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness at all – too many reasons to get into here, but they’re probably the obvious ones. In fact, I think I listened to the whole thing maybe once, ever, and cherry-picked the songs I liked onto mix tapes before falling off of the Pumpkins bandwagon completely.
All of which is to say that I have no recollection of the existence of the song, “We Only Come Out At Night” whatsoever. It wasn’t a single, so it wouldn’t have been inescapable on MuchMusic and the radio and whatnot, and yet the jaunty little tune seems to have become enough of a favourite that it was the band’s encore closer around 2008 – maybe they even closed their V Fest 2007 appearance with it, I don’t know, I’d left by that point – and spawned countless amateur covers on YouTube. And also this one by Anglo-Swedish pop outfit Fanfarlo. They recorded it for a 2010 iTunes session and, while on paper the idea of a pop band such as they covering an ’90s-alt band such as the Pumpkins would seem irreconcilable, this one quite suits their sound. See above about “jaunty”.
Fanfarlo released their second album Rooms Filled With Light last week and will be in town at The Mod Club next Saturday – March 25 – as part of Canadian Musicfest. Smashing Pumpkins – that is to say Billy Corgan and whomever is playing with him at the moment – have been busy both releasing new music – Teargarden by Kaleidyscope is an ongoing 44-song series/album that’s being made available free to subscribers – and an album comprised of songs from that series entitled Oceania is supposed to be due out this Spring. Oh, and both Siamese Dream and Gish were reissued in fancy deluxe formats last year… I think I may have to get that Siamese Dream one. High school me would have loved it.