Smart Studios

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Smart Studios
Recording studio
Opened1983
Closed2010
OwnerButch Vig, Steve Marker
Location1254 East Washington Ave, Madison, Wisconsin

Smart Studios was a recording studio in Madison, Wisconsin owned by Butch Vig and Steve Marker, setup in 1983 to produce local bands. It is where The Smashing Pumpkins' Gish was recorded.

Other artists that recorded there include Nirvana, Soul Asylum, along with Vig and Marker's own band, Garbage. The studio survived various mishaps, including flooding, and in 2003, a backhoe crashing through the walls of the downstairs studio.[1] On May 1, 2010, the studio closed its doors because of financial difficulties.[2] A documentary entitled The Smart Studios Story (2016) interviewed artists and producers who recorded there, including Billy Corgan.

Albums[edit | edit source]

Artist Album Year
The Smashing Pumpkins Gish 1991

Sessions[edit | edit source]

Session Artist Album(s) Producer(s) Engineer(s)
December 1990-March 1991 – Smart Studios The Smashing Pumpkins Gish Butch Vig Billy Corgan
March 1992 – Smart Studios The Smashing Pumpkins Butch Vig Billy Corgan
Summer 1990 – Smart Studios The Smashing Pumpkins Butch Vig Billy Corgan
Winter 1991 – Smart Studios The Smashing Pumpkins Butch Vig Billy Corgan

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.nme.com/news/music/garbage-75-1383829
  2. David Wahlberg (January 9, 2010). "Smart Studios closing March 1". Madison.com. TownNews. Retrieved October 19, 2015.