Peel Sessions is an EP by The Smashing Pumpkins, released in 1992. The songs were recorded live on September 8, 1991 for John Peel's Radio 1 show, with exception of some minor overdubbing. All recordings later appeared on Rarities and B-Sides, and all but "Smiley" were included in the deluxe reissue of Gish. "Girl Named Sandoz", originally performed by The Animals, later appeared on 1994's Pisces Iscariot. The title is a reference to Sandoz Laboratories, where LSD was invented.
The band showed up two hours late to the sessions due to a technical misunderstanding. Billy Corgan spoke lowly of the experience, citing the poor treatment by the production crew, but added that this in turn forced the band to give a more powerful performance:
||Recorded for our first bbc session, we were led like lambs to the slaughter by a bored ex-rock star (who was assigned to us as session producer) and his chief assistant (a cockney who hated our too-loud sound). we were mocked for asking any question, and each and every request to change a sound was met with a fake turning of the knobs; to which i yelled "do you think i'm deaf and can't hear you haven't done anything?" the upside from this charade was that in anger we played with ferocious might; one of the few documents we have in studio that captures the way we were meant to destroy music and each other be exalting in its ad infinitum power.
|— Billy Corgn, Pisces Iscariot reissue liner notes
The album's cover photo was taken by James Iha.
|2.||"Girl Named Sandoz"||Eric Burdon, Vic Briggs, John Weider, Barry Jenkins, Danny McCulloch||3:38|
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- The Smashing Pumpkins
- Dale Griffin – producer
- Mike Engles – engineer
- Robin Marks – engineer