The Corner

On Smashing Pumpkins

There’s no article. I’ve just checked the cover of the band’s first album, Gish. It happens to occupy a special place in my memory. Right after I asked my wife to marry me, at the center of the Diag in Ann Arbor, we walked over to South University Avenue, ate some ice cream, and went in a record store. I bought a copy of Gish, by Smashing Pumpkins. About a month later, I saw the group perform at St. Andrew’s Hall in Detroit. I moved to Washington, D.C. the next day.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.