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OriginChicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1990–1994
LabelsTVT Records
Associated actsThe Smashing Pumpkins, Catherine
Past membersBilly Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Kerry Brown, Mark Rew, Neil Jendon, Cliff Fox

Starchildren was a side project of The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. From 1990 to 1994 the band played a few scattered live shows, each usually featuring a different lineup of band members with only Corgan having constant involvement. The band officially released two songs, "Delusions of Candor", an original composition by Corgan, and a cover of "Isolation" by Joy Division.

In 2024, a recording of the August 18, 1990 live performance was released as part of SP on the Radio 1988-89 / Starchildren Live 8.18.90. This release included four songs written by Corgan that were previously unknown to fans: "Past Midnight", "Faeding", "Lolly" and "Reasons To Shine".[1] The final Starchildren track, "Blue Light", was previously performed live by The Smashing Pumpkins on March 30, 1990.

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First appearing in 1990 (then billed as Star Children), Corgan gave the motto of the band as "Be repetitive for nuisance's sake."[2] Little is known about the early incarnation of the band, other than they played at least two shows at the Cabaret Metro with varying members including Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Neil Jendon, Cliff Fox, and Kerry Brown (the latter three members of the band Catherine).

In 1994, the band emerged with a more visible presence playing a June 18 show that received coverage as an incognito Smashing Pumpkins show, despite it being a traditional Starchildren performance.[3] The performance that night featured several songs that would later make their way onto Smashing Pumpkins' releases. Songs performed included The Cure cover "A Night Like This" and the James Iha penned "The Boy" which were later released in The Aeroplane Flies High box set, as well as an early version of "Here Is No Why" from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

Although Starchildren was already closely associated with the band Catherine due to the groups' frequently overlapping members, this association was taken to another level by the 1994 release of the split 7" vinyl record "Songs about Girls" / "Delusions of Candor". One side of the record featured the Catherine song "Songs about Girls" while the reverse featured the Starchildren tune "Delusions of Candor". "Delusions of Candor" featured then-Smashing Pumpkins tour manager and guitar technician Bob English on bass,[4][5] and Chamberlin on drums. This is the only original Starchildren composition released to date.

In 1995, the band's cover of Joy Division's "Isolation" appeared on the tribute album A Means to an End: The Music of Joy Division.

In January 2010, Corgan and Kerry Brown announced plans to start a new record label, which was to include releases of new material from Starchildren.[6] The label dissolved before any songs were released.

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References[edit | edit source]

  2. "Smashing Pumpkins." Chicago Tribune, 1990/09/07.
  3. Kot, Greg (June 15, 1994). "Smashing Pumpkins, Incognito". Chicago Tribune.
  4. "Starchildren".
  5. "Smashing Pumpkins discography".
  6. "Billy Corgan Launches Record Label, Signs the Germs (!!!)". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 7, 2011.