Fruit Bats Announce Full-Album ‘Siamese Dream’ Cover & Share ‘Today’
Fruit Bats (Eric D. Johnson) will release a full-album cover of The Smashing Pumpkins‘ 1993 record Siamese Dream exclusively on vinyl through Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious subscription series on August 21. Fruit Bats unveiled “Today” from the “strictly limited-edition LP.”
Siamese Dream was the sophomore studio album from Smashing Pumpkins. The LP includes such beloved songs as “Cherub Rock,” “Today,” “Disarm” and “Soma.” Butch Vig co-produced the record with Billy Corgan and over 10 million copies of Siamese Dream have been sold worldwide.
Eric D. Johnson shared the following of his decision to cover Siamese Dream:
In 1993, I was the prime age to be swept up in alternative radio. But truth be told, while I loved Nirvana and Jane’s Addiction, in my heart I was still secretly wearing a hole in my cassette copy of Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits (1974–78). Somehow, Smashing Pumpkins spoke to all sides of me—angsty on the surface but really filled with a kind of Midwest mysticism that spoke directly to my 17-year-old-kid-from-Illinois brain. It’s also the first tape I ever listened to while driving a long distance alone. I’m pretty sure my version of this album is based on subconscious memories of that drive. I played all the instruments on this. And no, of course I’m not going to be able to recreate Billy Corgan’s crushing, epic guitar tone. Nor could I dream of touching Jimmy Chamberlin’s floaty (yet ever-shredding) drumming. This version is all about hazy memories for me, and how Corgan’s brilliant pop hooks can travel through time and exist in any possible instrumental configuration.
Stream Fruit Bats’ cover of “Today” below:
Siamese Dream Tracklist
- Cherub Rock
- Geek U.S.A.
- Space Boy
- Sweet Sweet