Posted August 12, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes

Fruit Bats Make a ‘Siamese Dream’ Come True

Fruit Bats
Fruit Bats

Fruit Bats’ full-album cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ LP Siamese Dream will be available Aug. 21 exclusively on vinyl via Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious subscription series.

The limited-edition LP will feature artwork by Morgan Keys. The band has issued its dreamy cover of “Today” as the album’s first single. 

“In 1993, I was the prime age to be swept up in alternative radio,” says Eric D. Johnson in a press release. “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.”

A first-of-its-kind vinyl record club featuring landmark albums reimagined by your favorite artists, Sounds Delicious finds participating artists playing any full-length album they love and reimagine it from front to back. The label produces the recordings on limited edition vinyl packaged in beautifully designed jackets and exclusively releases them to members of its subscription series.


Jeff started writing about rock ’n’ roll some 20 years ago when he stood in the pouring rain to hitch hike his way to see R.E.M. on their Life’s Rich Pageant tour. Since that time, he's written for various daily newspapers, alt-weeklies, magazines and websites. Feel free to comment on his posts or suggest music, film and art to him at [email protected].