The Smashing Pumpkins 1992-01-15

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January 15, 1992 – Hilversum, NL
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
ArtistThe Smashing Pumpkins
DateJanuary 15, 1992
VenueVPRO Radio
LocationHilversum, NL
Venue typeRadio studio
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin
Order of bandsThe Smashing Pumpkins

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Snail
  2. "Kill Your Parents
    1. "Siva" [6:22] 
  3. (interview)
  4. "Crush
  5. "Silverfuck" [9:35] 

Banter[edit | edit source]

BC: Hello?
BC: This next song is called Kill Your Parents.
Kill Your Parents
> Siva
Interviewer: Billy, welcome in the studio.
BC: Hello
Interviewer: You wanted to request a record on this show a record from Queen.
BC: Mm hmm.
Interview: Are you a Queen fan?
BC: Yes.
Interviewer: Why?
BC: They're just an amazing band and there's not really been another band like them, I think. And then, obviously Freddie Mercury dying makes it kinda more obvious, I guess, now.
Interviewer: Are they an influence on your music?
BC: Mm hmm, yeah, very much so. And uh, I think when you look at, you know, all the bad disco '70s period, they were one of the coolest bands around, so, I mean, growing up at that time....
Interviewer: You got influenced by them.
BC: At least not mustache wise, but music wise.
Interviewer: The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the Smashing Pumpkins is the dynamic intention in the songs. Is tension a key word for the Smashing Pumpkins?
BC: Umm, I think sex would be the key word.
Interviewer: Why?
BC: ‘Cause our music’s kinda like having sex. Heh heh heh.
Interviewer: Can you explain a bit?
BC: Well, sometimes you go fast and sometimes you go slow. Heh, sometimes you stop. Heh heh.
Interviewer: Okay, that explains it, heh heh. Sometimes it seems like there's several songs in one song...
BC: Yeah.
Interviewer: ...aren't you tempted to make three songs out of that?
BC: Yeah, sometimes I am, but um, I guess maybe it's the fear of dying or something that makes me want to cram as much into one song as I can.
Interviewer: How do you write songs?
BC: Unfortunately I kinda sit around and wait for it to happen, you know, like a thunderbolt from heaven or hell and uh, it's not the best way to write songs but there's something about an inspired moment that's kind of untouchable. So um, once I have the inspiration part, then it's kind of a somewhat mechanical process to not play the same thing over and over for five minutes until you bore everybody out at the door.
Interviewer: Do you do something to create that inspiration?
BC: Can you ask me that again, I didn’t hear the last part.
Interviewer: Do you do something to create that inspiration?
BC: Yeah, I try not to, know, watch too much TV and uh...
Interviewer: Don't poison your mind.
BC:'s kind of a zen concept, yeah, you know? Obviously your mind has to be somewhat open and um, there's a certain mental preparation necessary for that when those moments in your life come that you can seize them and take the opportunity, so there is kind of a mental awareness that's necessary at all times. Beyond that, I don't know, there's no black and white way to write a song.
Interviewer: It seems like your songs are more based on hooks, guitar riffs than on melodies, huh?
BC: Oh, I would disagree. I would very much disagree. See, I can write guitar riffs all day but it's very much the marriage of melody and the guitar, you know, that I think makes what I do a little different than say someone who just writes guitar riffs. Sometimes the best guitar riffs don't make for a very good song and there's a lot of great guitar riffs that we throw away.
Interviewer: The dynamic of the sound of the Smashing Pumpkins, doesn't that make the band very hard to record?
BC: Yes, very much so. It's probably gonna take about 10 years off my life, trying to record our band properly.
Interviewer: You have been here on the Eine Abend in Wien Festival that's five months ago, what did change for the band since then?
BC: Since then? Oh, um, I've had about three nervous breakdowns and um, the band sold a lot of records in America and we did a couple tours, we toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a whole national tour in America and um, you know my mother likes me again.
Interviewer: Is that the nicest thing about success?
BC: Success is such a weird thing, you know? I don’t want to sound like I'm detracting from anything but so much comes with it and um....
Interviewer: Like what?
BC: I don't wanna say responsibility because that's not necessarily the right way to explain it, but I think as you open up doors for yourself, you're also kind of obligated to walk through them, if you push yourself up to a point, you should keep going. So having pushed our band to the point of this, we just want to keep on going and with that comes a lot more stress and strain and preparation, I don't know, whatever, I mean our lives are kind of -- you know, we don't live like normal lives, we live these kind of weird troll existences, so I mean, yeah, you know, I have some money in the bank and yeah, people know who I am, but I'm not a normal human being anymore, so it’s just strange--
Interviewer: You look quite normal to me.
BC: It's a strange trade-off, um, underneath this walks a psychopath.
Interviewer: Last question: Are there any concrete plans for an album, a new album?
BC: Yeah, but I don’t know, we may come back to Europe and we may do the Lollapalooza festival and we may do a lot of things, so our next album may not come out -– I know our next album at least won't come out until 1993 but I don't know, we're gonna be one of those bands that never puts out a second record, it would’ve been the greatest record in the world but we didn’t quite make it.
Interviewer: Okay, you’re gonna do two songs for us now, Billy.
BC: Mm hmm.
Interviewer: Okay, you can walk over to the other stage.
BC: Okay.
> Silverfuck