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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins - The End of the Beginning of the End

Speaking of the bad movie soundtrack music video, this one wins wins an award.

The Smashing Pumpkins were at the height of their popularity, between the release of "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" and "Adore."  They released a handful of synth-driven electronic/industrial pop songs on soundtracks and compilations.  The songs were a departure from their more eclectic rock style and everyone thought the next album would sound the same.

"The End is the Beginning is the End" is one of these singles, released for the epically terrible "Batman and Robin" movie.  The song is pretty good for 90's rock and it actually won a Grammy in 1998.  But as the with movie, the music video is epically terrible.

The band plays over sized gothic instruments in a giant computer generated Batman cowl.  Hilarious scenes of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr Freeze pop up behind Billy Corgan's head as he is trying scream out his angst y lyrics.  It is a travesty.

Billy Corgan was at his peak when this song was released and it marked the beginning of the beginning of the end. Share/Bookmark

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