“Geek U.S.A.” is, perhaps, one of the greatest hard rock songs ever written. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions, hitting almost everything positive aspect that early Smashing Pumpkins records were capable of. It is masterfully heavy but yet intricately designed in a way that feels both loose and technical at the same time. It is tied with “Mayonaise” as my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song and their differing styles show how versatile this band really is.
The guitar and drum work on the song is something to be admired. Billy Corgan’s guitar solo in the song was ranked as the 54th greatest guitar solo ever by Guitar World magazine. When the guitars are being played together in unison, it sounds so thick and heavy. When they are each playing something separately, both are essential and add immensely to the song’s overall value. Jimmy Chamberlin’s drum work was described by producer Butch Vig as “one of the most amazing drum performances I had ever heard.”
One of The Smashing Pumpkins’ biggest strengths was their ability to play with dynamics and tone over the course of a song or record. “Geek U.S.A.” switches between fast hard rock riffs, slow, moody melancholy, mid-tempo rock, and blistering shredding before landing at a feedback-heavy dirge to close out the tune. You hear arrangements like this and it’s no wonder the album was late and over-budget. Corgan was a workhorse in the studio, but the results heard over the course of Siamese Dream were well worth the painstaking effort that went into its creation.
Making (slow) progress with the third color. When this one is done, it’ll be roughly 1/3 done. Even at this pace, I should finish by Halloween. Would be awesome if I can do it before October starts. Stitching should improve overall. I’m finally over the break up, cut all contact, and anything tied to him is in the dumpster now. ❤️
My new love is Zonna. She’s fully comfortable at home now. Didn’t even lift her head when I rattled pans in the kitchen to make something.
My German family has never had pumpkin in sweets before like we do in America so today I made this veganized pumpkin “cake” (usually they’re bars but they only had a cake pan). I’ve been craving pumpkin and wanted to bake and sitting with them while we all tried it together was so nice. These moments are what makes recovery so worth it. Happiness is worth it.
Started adding the second color a day or so ago. And found out I missed two stitches of the first, bah! Not like I can’t go back and get them. And of course they are nowhere near each other. 😄 Slow progress while I make sure Zonna is okay (she’s eating better and the medicine seems to be helping her ears). I should get this done before Halloween, it’s less than 3k stitches total.
I have a good feeling that this is the Halloween where Kinnie will be done ^_^ Or at least, a lot more done than she was last year. I hope to have her completely painted. I don’t think I’m going to try and make her a new outfit though (unless I somehow end up with a lot of extra time), her sock dress is good enough.
I am much less sure about how far along Jackie will be (she was my original sculpted jack o’lantern head, but she turned out so large, I put her on a Barbie body, and made Kinnie for her original MH body), as she needs a bit more sculpting still.
Some WIP shots of the Halloweeny wolf collab from twitter! His eyes are uv-reactive AND glow-in-the-dark, and his jack-o-lantern nose marking glows in blacklight, too! He’ll be for sale later on in the month!