On this day in Rock music history (Oct. 23rd 1995)......The Smashing Pumpkins released their 3rd studio album titled 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'. The 28-track album was released as a two-disc CD and triple LP. The album features a wide array of styles, as well as greater musical input from bassist D'arcy Wretzky and second guitarist James Iha. Propelled by the album's lead single, "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", it debuted at #1
on the US Billboard 200. To date it remains the band's only album to top the Billboard 200. It spawned 5 more singles—"1979", "Zero", "Tonight, Tonight", the promotional "Muzzle", and "Thirty-Three"—over the course of 1996, and was certified diamond by the RIAA, equivalent to over 10 million units sold. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness earned the band 7 Grammy Award nominations in 1997, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year ("1979"), as well as 9 MTV Music Video Awards nominations, 8 of which were for "Tonight, Tonight", including "Video of the Year". Not only did they all become hits on both mainstream rock and modern rock stations, but "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "1979", "Tonight, Tonight", and "Thirty-Three" also became the band's first Top 40 hits, crossing over to pop radio stations.
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