Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness turns 25 …

The Smashing Pumpkins release one of the most important albums of the 90’s grunge era on October 24, 1995. It was nominated for 7 Grammys in 1997 and sits at #483 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Wisco and the MadCity have a soft spot in their collective hearts for “Nevermind.”  The album was produced by Butch Vig and the band traveled out to Vig’s Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin, recording from April 2 to 6, 1990.

On April 6, the band played a local show in Madison with fellow Seattle band Tad. Vig began to mix the recordings while the band hung out in Madison, giving an interview to Madison’s community radio station WORT on April 6th.

“Nevermind” was released on September 24, 1991 and was responsible in part for bringing both alternative rock and grunge music to a mainstream audience.  It’s #17 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and in 2005, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, which collects “culturally, historically or aesthetically important” sound recordings from the 20th century.

Nirvana — September 9, 1992

During the MTV Video Music Awards, Nirvana play “Lithium.” Some of you might remember Krist misjudging the fly-ball after he tosses his bass high in the air near the end. The resulting smack in the noggin staggers him pretty good  Still — an awesome performance.

BTW, that’s Guns ‘N Roses basist Duff Mckagen at the end of the performance yapping, “Hi Axel!” into the mic. Cobain and Axel Rose had been feuding for awhile and it looked like this was the night things would come to head.

Cobain had once said GNR was a band “with nothing to say.” Later, Rose said at a concert that both Cobain and Courtney Love were “fuckin’ junkies.”

At these MTV Music Awards, Love and Rose run into each other backstage and Love mockingly asks Rose if he’d “… be the godfather to their new baby.” On and on it goes, ending with Cobain’s suicide.


The debut album from Pearl Jam is released on August 27, 1991. It’s #209 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Pearl Jam was the phoenix of Mother Love Bone, which came to a tragic end with the death of lead singer Andrew Wood in 1990. Ten is the group’s most successful album. Fans have stuck with the group through the years and are rewarded with the best seats to every show and a steady stream of exclusive singles. Fittingly, the club is called The Ten Club.