One of my favorite bands of all time, one of the most beautiful songs ever made, and a completely brilliant execution of Stop-Motion camera work; all of these things can be said about The Smashing Pumpkins song ‘Thirty-Three.’
The music video for was directed both by Billy Corgan and then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk. It is a series of images shot in stop-motion, ending with a re-enactment of the Mellon Collie album cover. Jimmy Chamberlin is notably absent from shots of the band. Because the group’s videos so often avoid the literal interpretation of lyrics, the video for ‘Thirty-Three’ was created with images closely related to the words of the song, as an intentional stylistic departure.