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Peel Sessions is an EP from The Smashing Pumpkins, featuring songs recorded live on September 8, 1991 for John Peel's Radio 1 show, though minor overdubbing was later added. According to the Pisces Iscariot liner notes, the band was two hours late due to a technical misunderstanding, limiting the amount of material they were able to record. Three songs were recorded, including "Siva" and the previously unreleased songs "Girl Named Sandoz" and "Smiley". "Girl Named Sandoz" is a cover of The Animals, and is a reference to Sandoz Laboratories, where LSD was invented. The EP was released under Hut Records in the UK in June 1992.
"Stand Inside Your Love" is the second single and lead international single from 2000's Machina/The Machines of God. At the time, Corgan called it the only "true" love song he'd ever written. He told VH1 Storytellers, "'Stand Inside Your Love' is one of those rare songs that seems to write itself really quickly... As far as the song goes, it's sort of a love song that rocks, which is pretty rare, even for me." The single's cover depicted the alchemical androgyne, a significant symbolic representation within alchemy, which basically represents the perfect union between man and woman when joined as a single entity. "Stand Inside Your Love" charted in at least 8 countries and peaked at #2 on the Alternative Songs chart.
- ...that Gish was named after silent film icon Lillian Gish? In an interview, Corgan said his grandmother told him "one of the biggest things that ever happened was when Lillian Gish rode through town on a train".
- ...that a music video was recorded for "I Am One" in 1992, but because the band was unhappy with the results, it wasn't released until 2001 on the Greatest Hits Video Collection?
- ...that "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" contains approximately 70 guitar tracks, while "To Forgive" consists of only one live guitar take?
- ...that the cost of recording Siamese Dream was $250,000 over budget? Virgin Records grew impatient with the costs and being behind schedule, but the band refused to cut corners if it meant they had to compromise the sound.
- ...that Billy Corgan briefly worked with basketball superstar and rapper Shaquille O'Neal? Corgan began work on a track loosely inspired by Dr. Dre, but the collaboration fell through. The drumbeats that survived were used in "Eye", which appeared on the Lost Highway soundtrack.
July 16, 2021
- Billy Corgan and Sumerian Records CEO Ash Avildsen announce they are in talks to release reissues of Zeitgeist, Mary Star of the Sea, TheFutureEmbrace and Chicago Kid through Sumerian.
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Today in history
- Happy 66th birthday to the one and only Butch Vig!
- 1994: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Saratoga Raceway; Saratoga Springs, NY, US [Lollapalooza 1994]
- 1998: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Radio City Music Hall; New York, NY, US – $419,175 donated to Hale House from ticket proceeds (for both August 1 and August 2)
- 2001: (New Order featuring Billy Corgan) Thunderbird Stadium; Vancouver, BC, CA [Area Festival]
- 2005: (Jimmy Chamberlin) The Spot; Derby, UK
- 2012: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Hisense Arena; Melbourne, VIC, AU
- 2013: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Dolina Trzech Stawów; Katowice, PL [OFF Festival]
- 2015: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Susquehanna Bank Center; Camden, NJ, US
- 2018: (The Smashing Pumpkins) PNC Bank Arts Center; Holmdel Township, NJ, US – First 30th Anniversary show; feat. Chino Marino, Courtney Love, Peter Hook, Dave Keuning, Mark McGrath