No Alternative

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No Alternative
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Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1993
LabelArista, Legacy
FormatCompact disc, 2×LP

No Alternative is an alternative rock compilation album of various artists, including The Smashing Pumpkins with "Glynis". It was released in 1993 to benefit AIDS relief. It was released with two different versions of album art: the standard version depicting a boy (without the Nirvana song listed on the back and liner notes), and the alternate version depicting a girl (some with and some without the Nirvana song listed on the back and liner notes). The song "Glynis" is a dedication to former Red Red Meat bassist Glynis Johnson, who passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1992.[1]

A television special hosted by MTV and a VHS home video release featured live performances, music videos, and information about AIDS.

On April 20, 2013, as part of the annual internationally celebrated Record Store Day, No Alternative was released for the first time on vinyl as a special 20th anniversary edition LP, limited to 3000 copies with stamped numbering.[2] Stereogum lauded the album in a retrospective piece, saying that "it captures the American alternative scene at its commercial, cultural, and critical peak."[3] In an interview with Radio New Zealand, producer Paul Heck discussed the history of the Red Hot Organization and the anniversary of No Alternative, saying that the response from the musicians asked to contribute was "overwhelmingly positive" and that some artists even wrote songs specifically for the compilation.[4]

No Alternative climbed to number 56 on the Billboard 200 in 1993, becoming the most commercially successful benefit album of the year.[5] It was certified gold (500,000 copies sold) in 1995 by the RIAA.

Tracks of interest[edit | edit source]

8."Glynis"Billy CorganThe Smashing Pumpkins4:53

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 9, 1993 Arista 07822-18737-2 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
April 20, 2013 Legacy • Arista 88765482911 2 LP (numbered) US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]

Chart performance[edit | edit source]

Chart (1993) Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 56

Certifications[edit | edit source]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Home video[edit | edit source]

No Alternative
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Video release by
LabelPolygram Video

This video release was a similar compilation benefiting the Red, Hot and Blue Foundation. Other the bands that performed include Nirvana, Urge Overkill, and Bob Mould. The video also contains a brief interview with Billy Corgan along with two songs performed live to an MTV audience from the October 31, 1993 performance.

Tracks of interest[edit | edit source]

5."Hot Heads" (film short) 
10."Glynis" (live) 
11."Today" (live) 

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
1994 Polygram Video 800 630 460-3 VHS US Discogs [2]
1994 Polygram Video 630 460-3 VHS US Discogs [2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Richard Thomas, "Signal To Noise: The Sonic Diary Of The Smashing Pumpkins", Electronic Musician, October 1st, 2008
  2. "No Alternative (20 anniversary edition)". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  5. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "No Alternative - AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  6. "No Alternative". Billboard. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  7. "American album certifications – Various – No Alternative". RIAA. Retrieved November 9, 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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