Kerry Brown, music producer and musician
|Birth name||Kerry Paul Brown|
|Born||December 5, 1963|
|Artists||The Smashing Pumpkins, Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren, Catherine, Backwards Clock Society|
|Wikipedia||Kerry Brown (musician)|
Kerry Paul Brown (born 1963) is a record producer, movie soundtrack producer, music editor, composer, artist manager, and a musician. He was the drummer in Chicago alternative rock band Catherine in the 1990s. He was married to D'Arcy Wretzky of The Smashing Pumpkins at that time, who served as a second singer for Catherine's final album, Hot Saki & Bedtime Stories. He played drums for The Smashing Pumpkins on the song "Blew Away" and he produced "Starla" & "Plume" for the album Pisces Iscariot, as well as "Believe", "...Said Sadly" and "The Boy" with James Iha.
As a musician[edit | edit source]
Brown wrote for, played drums for, recorded, and produced, his band Catherine from 1985 to 1998. They performed a one-off two song reunion set at a Smashing Pumpkins concert at the Riveria Theatre in Chicago on October 14, 2011, featuring Billy Corgan on guitar. He also performed drums on The Smashing Pumpkins track "Blew Away" among his many various producer/engineer stints for the band. He played hand drums in Spirits in the Sky, a short lived live band that featured Corgan, Dave Navarro, Mark Tulin, Ysanne Spevack, and Mike Byrne. Brown was the drummer in a one-off group called Backwards Clock Society, which featured Tulin on bass and Corgan on vocals and guitar. The one and only Backwards Clock Society show was held on November 8, 2009, at The Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA. The show was a benefit for Laura Ann Masura. Future bass player of The Smashing Pumpkins Nicole Fiorentino was performing with Light FM at this show, and was pointed out to Corgan by Brown at this show.
- Total shows:
- First performance: The Smashing Pumpkins 1992-07-23 at Metro, Chicago, IL, US
- Last performance: The Smashing Pumpkins 2011-10-14 at Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL, US
As a producer[edit | edit source]
The Smashing Pumpkins' 2007 album Zeitgeist was recorded in Brown's home studio. At least 300 Smashing Pumpkins songs have been recorded in his studio during the 2000s in demo format, including original versions of many songs that later appeared on the eighth Smashing Pumpkins album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.
In 2009, he joined Billy Corgan and others in the band Spirits in the Sky. During breaks from touring, in September 2009 he went with Corgan to Chicago to begin work producing The Smashing Pumpkins album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.
Brown has also worked with Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, Courtney Love, Ysanne Spevack, Kelley Deal, Nina Gordon, and Cheap Trick – all acts The Smashing Pumpkins or its individual members have also worked with. Brown also founded Rolling Live Studios, which on January 9, 2021 hosted the A Bowie Celebration livestream event, featuring Corgan and Mike Garson performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity".
|1996||The Aeroplane Flies High|
|2009||Teargarden by Kaleidyscope|
|2010||Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor|
|2010||Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare|
Studio sessions[edit | edit source]
Startone Records[edit | edit source]
In January 2010, Brown announced that he is starting a record label with Corgan. This record label was to be called Startone Records and the roster includes Starchildren, The Electric Prunes, The Strawberry Alarm Clock and YaHoWha 13. However, the status of their collaboration for the label is unclear as it was announced that Brown and Corgan will no longer be working together as of December 2011.
Relevant credits[edit | edit source]
- 1993: "Blew Away" from Pisces Iscariot – production and drums
- 1995: "Believe", "...Said Sadly" and "The Boy" from The Aeroplane Flies High – production
- 2007: If All Goes Wrong – audio mixing
- 2008: "Superchrist" – production, mixing
- 2010: Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor) – congas, production
- Band member (drums, percussion)
- Played a few shows at the Cabaret Metro, presumably on percussion
- Former band initially with D'arcy Wretzky
Awards[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Bekkala, Steve. "Biography: Catherine". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
- "Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins break with producer Kerry Brown". Hipsters United. December 9, 2011. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012.