Smashing Pumpkins – 1979 (1996)
“We were sure we’d never see an end to it all…”
Pure unadulterated nostalgia.
Un-adult-erated. That’s what adolescence was for me; all adults were NPC’s. It was simply my friends and I let loose upon an unsuspecting world. This music video captures the essence of that era perfectly.
If you were a teenager in the 90’s and can watch this without feeling wistfully nostalgic I’m sorry to be the harbinger of grim tidings but the machine has defeated you and you are dead inside.
It harkens back to a time in my life when I was free from all responsibilities, there were no uncertainties and, subsequently, no worries. A time when the most important things to me were my friends, my angst, and where we were all going the coming Friday night.
Most of my youthful hijinks are summarily covered here: Aimlessly driving the streets with no destination in mind. The wanton destruction of other peoples property. Being together as a group, yet still feeling infinitely alone. Fucking with people just because. Raging out at everything, yet never truly knowing why. The completely reckless house parties. Billy Corgan serenading you from the back seat of the very car you’re riding in…
All captured and distilled into 4 minutes and 22 seconds of youthful hedonism at its purest.
The way it ends, without warning, truly mirrors the end of youth itself.