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Don’t Stand So Close To Me

It’s been a weird bunch of hours.

Yesterday, we met with a potential client. A soon-to-be label and an artist. Perhaps our first, aside from phone calls and emails. It went well.

Bob called twice. I didn’t answer either call. The third time I picked it up. Bob said, “How’s about some Smashing Pumpkins this weekend at Virgin Music Fest?”

I had asked him about this a few months ago. But I sort of forgot about my inquiry.

Now, I wasn’t all that jazzed about seeing a festival show with the lineup as a whole. I did really wanted to see The Police and Bob knew this. However, Dieselboy, Explosions in the Sky and Bad Brains weren’t poor fare, either. So Sunday was to be fun.

Then a few minutes later we get a call from Bob again. “How about you come over here and I give you my passes so you two can see The Police tonight? I’m done here.”

Somehow we scrambled together to get Lily out of the house and to GrandDad and Nan’s. Not sure how, but we did. She was pretty fussy, but they made it for a few hours.

Anyways, The Police, last night, were pretty wild. It started off awesome. Message in a Bottle. Then it sorta lost it’s “umph.” There was little chemistry. And Sting’s bass work was all over the place, but I think that is a typical thing with him. It surprised me with Stuart Copeland’s drumming. He’s incredible, but his timing was a little off last night. Not something I’d ever expect from someone of his caliber. Regardless of the little things, the show was awesome. It was the Police, goddamit! And they rocked our asses off.

Tonight is the Billy Corgan Experience. I mean the Smashing Pumpkins. And I am already fucking exhausted, but ready for it.

But what was really fucking exciting for me was being so fucking excited to see a show. It was the first time in a long ass while. I love that energy. I love that feeling. And I still have it in me. It’s good I am not dead inside.

Top 10 Favorite Smashing Pumpkins Songs

Well, Billy’s done it again. He’s releasing another record, Zeigteist, today. This time, I believe, with only Jimmy as the other original member. Sadly, I am less than interested. In fact, I don’t know of a Smashing Pumpkins song I listened to post-Mellon Collie. I never even purchased Adore.

But the fact remains that from 1989-1996 Billy and the Smashing Pumpkins or rather the Billy Corgan Experience released a shit-load of great material.

I first heard the Pumpkins on the Singles Soundtrack. It came out the Summer of 1992. I bought it because it had grunge greatest hits all over it. Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam. All the Top 5 bands of the era. There was this song at the end that stood out for me. Not to mention the 3 minutes of crazy-ass feedback. It was Drown and it was by the Smashing Pumpkins. I mentioned it to my friend Karin that I really liked this cut. She then got a cassette tape from her brother. It had some Sex Pistols record on side one and the Pumpkins’ GISH on side two. I took it with me to summer camp that year. I wore the shit out of it. Then the following summer Siamese Dream broke and the rest is history.

In January of 1996, I was privileged (Thanks Jessie!) to see them at the grand-opening of the new 9:30 Club in DC. It was the 3rd city of a 3-city tour to test out the MCIS tour. 45 minutes of an acoustic set and then and hour and a half of a massive-electric-rock-your-balls-off set. It forever changed my life, but it never got better than that night.

  1. Drown (Singles soundtrack)
  2. Bury Me (Gish)

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  3. Hummer (Siamese Dream)
  4. Galapogos (Mellon Collie)
  5. La Dolly Vita (Tristessa 12″)
  6. Snail (Gish)
  7. Blue (Lull EP)
  8. Starla (I Am One single)
  9. Set The Ray To Jerry (1979 single)

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  10. Frail and Bedazzled (Pisces Iscariot)