The Summer 1990 Smart Studios sessions was the first recording sessions with producer Butch Vig, for the "Tristessa" Sup-Pop single.
The first time I met Butch Vig was when we walked into Smart Studios to record what became our Sub Pop single "Tristessa". I knew who he was by name and reputation, but didn't know anything else about him. I think [I liked] the fact that he wasn't pretentious; he was a hard worker and he wasn't intimidated by the scope of what Jimmy and I were trying to do. In fact, he seemed to welcome it. Then, in turn, he asked us to play at a higher level than we even knew we could play at, which just fueled our, "Alright, if you meet us there; we'll meet you here." That started this really incredible relationship between Jimmy, Butch, and I – we tended to feed off of one another's insanity.
— Billy Corgan, "Smashing Pumpkins: A Studio History", Tape-Op, Sept/Oct 2016