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  • Audio CD (April 23 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi, Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000008QWF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Smashing Pumpkins ~ Zero

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International version of this EP originally released in 1996. Features 6 non-LP tracks, 'God', 'Mouths of Babes, 'Tribute to Johnny', 'Marquis in Spades', 'Pennies', 'Pastichio Medley' & the album version of 'Zero'. Virgin. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins's double-disc album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" became an instant rock classic. And one of the top songs on that album, was "Zero," a sizzling hard rock song with Billy Corgan's despairing lyrics. The "Zero" EP is just as enthralling, a little tapestry of unhappiness.

"Intoxicated with the madness, I'm in love with my sadness!" Corgan wails in the title track. It transitions into the quieter but even more despairing "God," and the more pensive look at superstardom, "Mouths of Babes." Corgan takes a break from misery in "Tribute To Johnny," a twisting rock song that highlights his ability to make the guitar bend to his will.

Bitterness and revenge are at the heart of "Marquis of Spades," another sizzling hard-rocker where Corgan snarls, "And all I see is empty/'Cause now I'm one of them/So adored/The slink of impotence/That money can afford!" With "Pennies," the sound softens down to a solid non-hard rock song; even Corgan's vocals sound more relaxed. And finally it climaxes with a twenty-three minute medly that veers from murky, plodding bass to a blistering riff. Often it changes with no warning, as if Corgan and Co. are just randomly changing their minds.

"Zero" is a pretty unusual EP -- most EPs are just to show a sampling of the band's work, or keep the fans satisfied between full-length albums. But "Zero" is actually more cohesive than many LPs. The underlying themes seems to be devoted to the emptiness, scorn for empty fame, and to lost love (of course!).

The music veers a lot closer to the hard rock side of the Smashing Pumpkins, with only a brief reprieve in "Pennies." And that's not what you'd call dreampop either.
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Format: Audio CD
Many people who don't own the Aeroplane Flies High box set will at least recoginze this CD, becuase it was sold separately for a time. All of the songs here showcase the Pumpkins at what they do best, grungey, metallic hard rock. After the familiar title track, things are kicked off with "God," one of Corgan's best uses of a soft chorus-loud verse song structure. If you've heard this song, chances are you probably love it. "Mouths of Babes" is pretty good, "Tribute to Johnny" is not all that memorable, but the best moments come during the second half. The raging "Marquis in Spades" (which is one of my favorite Pumpkin b-sides) sits nicely nest to the mellower, wistful "Pennies" (another one of their best b-sides, in my opinion). The closer, "Pastachio Medley" is 23 minutes worth of spare riffs left over from the Mellon Collie sessions. Some of them are actually pretty good. My favorites are the ones that occur at around 8 minutes and 45 seconds into the track. There is an electronic sounding drone followed by a great acoustic riff, and I think both of these sound great (I don't know their names, though).
Anyway, if you're into the hard rocking side of the Pumpkins (as I'm sure most fans are) then you won't want to be without this. This is just as essential as Mellon Collie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Littman on Oct. 24 2006
Format: Audio CD
My favorite SP single. Mouths of Babes is my favorite song, God is a close 2nd. such vicious rock. the other songs are really good too, and Pennies is perfect pop songwriting. its too bad some of these harder tracks didn't make it on to Mellon Collie. ahh well. I usually skip past the medley. although there are some good riffs on there.
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By Sasa Janjac on May 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
Zer0, I collected singles and I have around 100 of them, but nothing comes near this. Marquis in Spades, God ... realy good sound. Buy it
S.J.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not A Zero in Quality, Though March 15 2005
By Samhot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins always made quality music that made the final cut, in regards to their studio albums. But, what's more astounding is the quality of the music that never made the studio albums; you know, the tracks that either got tacked on as B-sides, or, were just not released at all. These B-sides to the _Zero_ single are *no* exception to this rule, as these are some of the best things The Smashing Pumpkins have ever made, and they have made *tons* of stunning stuff.

Like the other B-side-filled EP's deriving from the _Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness_ album, each start off with the track of the single, then are followed by the B-sides. "Zero" is a raging anthem. Likewise, the rest of the EP -- with the exception of the melodic alt-pop of "Pennies" -- shows off the Pumpkins' overdriven, distortion-filled rock. "God" is a perfect example of this; the verses are soft, while the chorus rages with an intense, overdriven madness that was the Pumpkins' niche. "Mouths of Babes" features a tasteful riff on the pentatonic (in descending mode) that opens the track, and eventually closes it off (and is repeated, but the key is changed in the final motif, before the track cuts off.) "Tribute to Johnny" is a fusionesque metal instrumental; a little bit of funk, a little bit of jazz, and loads of distortion. Perfectly shows just how talented and diverse these pumpkins were. It's tasteful and chewy as well, while "Marquis in Spades" is a more plodding, but equally heavy, well-distorted number. "Pennies" gives you a breather from all of the distortion of past, and leads into the very interesting (to say the least) "Pastichio Medley." This is a 23-minute smorgasbord of spliced-together riffs taken from dozens of Pumpkins' songs that were either unfinished, or just plain unreleased. The overdriven extremeties that were so common to The Pumpkins' niche are here, indeed, but there are also moments of quiet to be found, and the occasional vocal.

Case and point: if you are a diehard Pumpkinhead (like myself; The Pumpkins are my top favorite when it comes to the "alternative" bands from the '90s scene), you will *not* want to be without this single, or the others that came from the _Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness_ sessions. If you are lucky enough to own _The Aeroplane Flies High_ boxed set (the complete, _Mellon Collie_-derived singles/EP's in one boxed set, and with a booklet of complete lyrics, photos, etc.) then you will already own this single. Recommended indefinitely.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Zero May 15 2004
By Sasa Janjac - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Zer0, I collected singles and I have around 100 of them, but nothing comes near this. Marquis in Spades, God ... realy good sound. Buy it
S.J.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow, very impressive ... Dec 31 2004
By Jerry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is practically the only "Single" type cd i own. This one is worth buying since all the songs on it equate to about the length of a full-on album. Don't be fooled about the last song on the single though ... i at first found it a "waste of time", yet after a while it really started to mesh with the whole album even though it sounds like a collection of guitar instrumentals. All the other songs are soooo awesome! "God" is god .... trust me. Overall this cd is very intoxicating - even with no alcohol - crazy huh? Give it a try.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
At least we got to hear this stuff. April 19 2002
By "jaylimmo" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wherein Billy C. proves he's a pumpkinhead by showing us the heavy cards he had up his sleeve all along but left off the album. "God": a crushing stomp along the lines of the superior "Bullet with Butterfly Wings"; "Mouths of Babes": a mid-tempo Aerosmith-like tune that should DEFINITELY gone on MC; "Tribute to Johnny": funny mid-seventies riff-homage; "Marquis in Spades": dumb title for their most Judas Priest-like song yet; and "Pennies": an absolute POP GEM that should have been a single on its own. Then there's the "Pastichio Medley" of 72 song fragments, from which they could have constructed at least five heavy rawkers which would have rivaled gish. An A+ for generosity, a C- for frustration.
Far from "Zero" March 21 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Smashing Pumpkins's double-disc album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" became an instant rock classic. And one of the top songs on that album, was "Zero," a sizzling hard rock song with Billy Corgan's despairing lyrics. The "Zero" EP is just as enthralling, a little tapestry of unhappiness.

"Intoxicated with the madness, I'm in love with my sadness!" Corgan wails in the title track. It transitions into the quieter but even more despairing "God," and the more pensive look at superstardom, "Mouths of Babes." Corgan takes a break from misery in "Tribute To Johnny," a twisting rock song that highlights his ability to make the guitar bend to his will.

Bitterness and revenge are at the heart of "Marquis of Spades," another sizzling hard-rocker where Corgan snarls, "And all I see is empty/'Cause now I'm one of them/So adored/The slink of impotence/That money can afford!" With "Pennies," the sound softens down to a solid non-hard rock song; even Corgan's vocals sound more relaxed. And finally it climaxes with a twenty-three minute medly that veers from murky, plodding bass to a blistering riff. Often it changes with no warning, as if Corgan and Co. are just randomly changing their minds.

"Zero" is a pretty unusual EP -- most EPs are just to show a sampling of the band's work, or keep the fans satisfied between full-length albums. But "Zero" is actually more cohesive than many LPs. The underlying themes seems to be devoted to the emptiness, scorn for empty fame, and to lost love (of course!).

The music veers a lot closer to the hard rock side of the Smashing Pumpkins, with only a brief reprieve in "Pennies." And that's not what you'd call dreampop either. Billy Corgan lets rip with his guitar in the instrumental tracks, twisting and deeply distorting the sound; he's backed by the excellent Jimmy Iha, the outstanding drumming of Jimmy Chamberlain, and the solid bass of D'Arcy Wretzky.

Corgan's voice is high and thin; it takes a bit of getting used to. Which makes it especially surprising that he is so flexible -- he snarls and serenades equally well. His writing is on top form, including in the non-"Zero" songs: "And the mouths of babes sing revolution/ And the mouths of babes scream disillusion/ You can't break what's already broken/Cause from the mouths of babes comes nothing!"

It's not the epic art-rock experience that "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" is, but the Smashing Pumpkins EP "Zero" has the distinction of being a cut above your average album. It rocks. Literally.


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