The Smashing Pumpkins 1993-11-21

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November 21, 1993 – Washington, DC, US
Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins
Rock Invasion tour
DateNovember 21, 1993
VenueWUST Music Hall
Coordinates38°55′5″N 77°1′26″W
LocationWashington, DC, US
Venue typeClub
PersonnelBilly Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin
Order of bandsSwervedriver, The Smashing Pumpkins

Setlist[edit | edit source]

  1. "Rocket
  2. "Quiet
  3. "Disarm
  4. "Today
  5. "I Am One" (with rant) [6:30] 
  6. "Drown" [4:43] 
  7. "Hummer" [6:06] 
  8. "Geek U.S.A.
  9. "Siva" [7:41] 
  10. "Soma
  11. "Cherub Rock

Encore one[edit | edit source]

  1. "Bye June(tease) 
  2. "Mayonaise

Encore two[edit | edit source]

  1. "Sinner" [Judas Priest(tease) 
  2. "Victim of Changes" [Judas Priest(tease) 
  3. "Bury Me
  4. "The End" [The Doors(tease) 
    1. "Silverfuck" [13:18] 
    2. "Over the Rainbow" [Harold Arlen / Yip Harburg(tease) 

Banter[edit | edit source]

Iha: I see one evil hand. I see two evil hands!
> Quiet
(BC immediately before drums kick in: Welcome to the rock show!)
BC: Thank you.
> Today
I Am One
(BC midsong: All I ever wanted was everything and all I got was shit. All I ever wanted was everything and all I got was shit. What is you is what you'll get and that's nothing. What is you is what you'll get and that's nothing! Nothing can be taken from me that hasn't already been taken. Nothing can be taken from me that hasn't already been taken! Behind every flapping jaw is an idle mind! Behind every flapping jaw is a closed eye. And inside every heart there is a devil named jack shit. And of my negative attitude, I am positive! So, gimme a little more of that nothing! Give me a little something of that nothing. Come on come on come on come on come on come on come on gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! What you got? What you fuckin' got?! Nothing! What do you fuckin' have?: nothing! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Huh? Give me a little more something of that nothing! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme nothing! Nothing, nothing, nothing! There’s nothing! There’s nothing! There’s nothing!)
BC: Um...thanks for being here. Hope you're in a good mood, we are...for a change. But, you must know, them Smashing Pumpkins do not take requests. We are not...a jukebox. And we kinda have a rule: the more you yell for something, the less likely we are to play it, so.... (crowd yelling) What do you want me to say?
Iha: We will do Freebird though for one song.
> Hummer
BC: Hi.
Iha: And now we will rock you.
Geek U.S.A.
(BC alt last line: I really love the U.S.A.!)
Various crowd members: Freebird! Freebird!
Iha: Hey, we just played Freebird, didn't you recognize it?
Guy in crowd: Freebird!
BC: You wanna hear Freebird? (crowd cheers) Okay, this is what you do: you go home, okay, and you stick your head up your ass. Okay? And if you stick it up far enough, you'll hear Freebird, I promise you. Thank you very much.
(BC after guitar solo: So what do you want? What's the matter, the rock show's not enough for you? You're not part of the bored generation, are you? Yeah, you know, the bored generation, B-O-R-E-D? That's the generation I'm from. What? What? Come on, be a man. “Just keep playing”? ... Just keep rockin', dude. (sings) All this pain smothers me, like a motherfuckin’ bomb that you can’t see. Tell me, tell me what you’re after. I just wanna get there faster. (25 seconds pass with crowd yelling) (speaking) What, man, we can’t go any higher, I don’t know what you want. According to these gentlemen, they would like D'arcy. That's all they want, D'arcy, I don't know what that means. Do you want her to just jump in the audience for you, is that what you want?
D’arcy: Hell yeah.
BC: Yeah. Well, there’s a safe gesture.
Crowd member: We want you, Billy!
Iha: See, he doesn’t make music [unintelligible word], heh heh.
BC: I'm the last thing you want. You don’t get it, do you? You just don't get it. See, I gotta push you like this to get you to do anything. It's not about music, it's not about rock and roll, it's not even about us! You're all fuckin' jaded, get it? Oh, what, I don't know, I don't feel it, I don't see it, I don't fucking know? I do know. (crowd yelling) Hey, sorry, sorry to offend you, you know. (crowd yelling) See, now you're angry, now you're fuckin' angry, now I get some emotion from you! See? Fuckers. I have to make you more angry to enjoy the show, is that what you want? (crowd yelling) Hey dude, if I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about, what are you doing standing out there and what am I doing standing up here? (crowd roars and band kicks into end of song))
> Cherub Rock
BC: Thank you!
[encore break]
BC: Thank you.
Bye June (tease)
BC: (singing off mic) Bye June, you’re going to the moon...
D’arcy: You're embarrassing me.
BC: (singing off mic) ...hope you get there soon. (speaking on mic) Do you know my what? Fuck my fuck? My fuck is empty but I offer it to you still. Yeah, [2-3 unintelligible words].
Iha: We’ll put this in [unintelligible 1-2 words].
BC: I'm glad we'll share the same diseases.
Iha: Do you still have that terrible chafing around your mouth though? Yeah. I’m sorry, sorry, I didn't mean it.
BC: Thank you.
[encore break]
BC: [cuts in] ...bad pigs? I'm sorry, please forgive me, [2-3 unintelligible words].
Iha: (Satanic voice) You must repent, you must.
BC: (laughing) Please forgive me, heh heh heh heh, please forgive me.
Iha: (Satanic voice) You must repent, [unintelligible word].
BC: (laughing) Please forgive me.
Iha: (Satanic voice) [unintelligible - possibly “as you know, I am diseased”?].
BC: Ha, ha!
Iha: (sounding more like Yoda now) You must repent!
BC: (laughing) Please forgive me. (normal) Sorry about that. Only a sinner could repent so hard.
Sinner (tease)
Iha: As Rob Halford would say (imitating) “sinner, sinner, sinner!”
Victim of Changes (tease)
BC: Whiskey woman, don't you know you are driving me insane.
Iha: That is from the book of the Priest.
BC: D'arcy Wretzky, are you ready soon?
Iha: Tonight, we’re gonna rock it like--
Bury Me
Iha: Thank you.
(song on tape segue begins playing through band’s PA)
Iha: Damn, kickin’ that dope jam again!
BC: Tommy, turn it up so the people can hear it.
Iha: Damn, that dope ass rhyme!
(Silverfuck intro begins)
(BC: (singing) Come on, let’s go to the ride. C'mon let's go to the ride. C'mon, let's take a ride. Come on, come on, let’s take a ride, yeah. ... (speaking) Come on, come on, come on, come on, let’s go for a ride. (singing) Oh baby, you're my pretty womans. Take a chance on romance.
Iha: And he walked on down the hall.
BC: I already [1-2 unintelligible words]. Here's another song about nil and nothing.)
Silverfuck / Over the Rainbow (with The End tease in intro)
(BC after “bang bang, you’re dead” part: What's the matter, nobody feel the need to get on top of people's heads anymore? Have you lost your nerve? Come on, time to bodysurf. You've seen it on MTV, come on, let's recreate it here. (redneck voice) "I mean, shit, I saw it in a Pearl Jam video, I guess I'm supposed to do it", there you go! (normal voice) Oh, yes! See? Everyone admires you now. Television created it but people perpetrated it. Just let 'em fall on their heads! They have to have somebody holding them up, right? Just let 'em fall. Why should your entertainment value be cribbed upon because somebody wants to be on top of your head? I appreciate you being here and I want you to, like, have a good time and not have people kick you in the head. Anyway, enough speeches for one night.
Guy in crowd: What about Freebird?!
BC: Heh heh heh. Well, all I have left is lullabies, you know? (sings) Somewhere over the rainbow way up high, birds fly over the rainbow, why, oh, why, can’t....
Crowd: I!!
BC: Heh heh! No, wrong answer. (band kicks in for end of song))
BC: Hey, just remember, it's all a big lie, rock is dead.