The Smashing Pumpkins 1993-06-30
|June 30, 1993 – Hilversum, NL|
|Live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Artist||The Smashing Pumpkins|
|Date||June 30, 1993|
|Venue type||Radio studio|
|Personnel||Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlin|
|Order of bands||The Smashing Pumpkins|
June 30, 1993 was The Smashing Pumpkins' second performance for VPRO Radio (after January 15, 1992). All songs are acoustic and can be found on the Pluggelectric bootleg.
Setlist[edit | edit source]
- "Spaceboy" (acoustic)
- "Dancing in the Moonlight" [Thin Lizzy] (acoustic)
- "Rocket" (acoustic)
- "Cherub Rock" (acoustic)
- "Today" (acoustic)
- "Disarm" (acoustic)
- "Soma" (abandoned) (acoustic)
- "Soma" (abandoned) (acoustic)
Banter[edit | edit source]
[Dutch introduction, followed by question asking about the title “Siamese Dream”]
BC: A siamese dream is a dream between two people who are connected in ways that are good and bad. Like how siamese twins would be connected...in the way that maybe there's an advantage to them being twins and connected and there's a disadvantage because they can't separate. It's a good and bad thing. I don't believe in good things, I believe in good and bad things. Yin and yang and plus and minus.
[Dutch DJ question about “Spaceboy”]
BC: I almost feel that I'm the same way that, even though maybe I wasn't physically handicapped, that there's something about me that always made me stand out in ways that I didn't want to stand out. I mean, people called me names before I knew what they meant. When I was five years old, people told me I was conceited and a megalomaniac and–-and I was just trying to be me, whatever that means, so...um, I don't know, I've never felt in my entire life like I...was belong to any club, group, clique, so I've always had this perspective of being on the outside. Even if I didn't want to be, I felt I was there, so there's this strange kinship between me and my brother because, even though I'm not the same as him, we've almost arrived at the same point.
[Dutch DJ question about Phil Lynott and “Dancing in the Moonlight”]
BC: ‘Cause I like Phil Lynott and I kinda feel bad that--here's this identifaction thing again--I feel like he was a really good songwriter and he's been really overlooked because, maybe because he was a...a black man or I don't know if he was black but he was West Indian and he grew up in the strangest of surroundings: a black man in Ireland has not gotta be the easiest thing and I'd heard stories about how like they would show up to play, like people would hear the music and then they'd show up to play and people would leave and they wouldn't be allowed to play because he was black and...and sometimes I wonder if like, because he wasn't your typical rock star kind of person. And then when I listen to his songs, there's a kind of...you feel like you know the person kind of in a strange kind of way.
[Dutch DJ asking about how “Siamese Dream” is different from “Gish”]
BC: I feel like it's a lot more personal and it's a lot more representative of who I am. I think on the first album, although I love it very much, I think I was trying to prove things to myself and to other people and I think I don't feel that way any more. I don't feel I have anything to prove, so now I feel comfortable just being what I am, which is a songwriter who plays heavy...and quiet.
[Dutch DJ question]
BC: I can't help but be completely candid and honest. I decided somewhere along the road that I was never gonna be like the rock star that I had read about in a book. That I was gonna be this different kind of rock star, who's like a normal person and is honest and doesn't feel the need to impress everyone with how good he dresses and how cool he is and things like that. I mean, the only thing I care to impress with is my music, so...when I decided that and I gave up all that other stuff, I just felt a lot more comfortable. I stopped trying to play, like, somebody else's game and I started playing my game, now I just try to be good at what I do and not worry about it.
Dutch DJ: Isn't it difficult if you have to open up to so many different people that you sort of spread yourself thin?
BC: Um...I feel like butter on toast.
BC: This is Moonlight--Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy.
Dancing in the Moonlight
BC: Ready? (counts into song)
Soma (abandoned after about 7 seconds)
BC: Wait. It’s the...it’s out of strobe. (counts in again)
Soma (abandoned halfway through 1st chorus)
BC: Aw hahaha!
Iha: WAAAAHH! God!
BC: It’s never–-it’s never gonna happen. Can’t play our own songs.
Iha: (laughing) What happened that time?
BC: Do you want us to try once more or should we quit now? Once more? Okay.
Iha: (laughing hard) Surely we are setting ourselves up.
BC: How ‘bout I just do it by myself? (gently strumming, singing) Nothing left to say. (stops strumming and singing) Ready?
Iha: Only interpretation.
BC: (counts into song)
Soma (abandoned after 1st line of 1st bridge)
BC: Fuck! Fuck fuck fuck!