...I really want to be the Smashing Pumpkins.
Sure, Billy Corgan is, um, calling him a vocalist is a little charitable, and some of his lyrics come off like they were written by an angsty 14-year-old girl.
But, on the other side of the coin, for all his pretension it's clear that they're also a band that, despite all their success, still considers music somehow important in ways that I don't think anyone would ever accuse Nickelback (who admittedly I kind of like) or Creed of. And, if you want epic, huge guitar sounds and massive riffs, these guys were about as good as the 90's got.
I've got Mellon Collie going right now, and despite a kind of iffy drum sound and some occasionally wince-worthy lyrics, I can't help thinking how much fun it must have been to be up on stage playing this stuff, with these huge, skull-crushing-yet-ethereal guitar riffs swirling around you. It's larger than life, somehow.
I really like the Smashing Pumpkins and I always have. I have 4 or 5 of their albums and my favorite is probably Siamese Dream, although I really liked the electronic almost-industrialish approach they later took with songs like "Eye" and "Ava Adore." When I was in high school, I remember listening to "The End Is The Beginning Is The End" a lot.