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Originally Posted by reprise85
had to be around 98-99
GISH month happened
-only with a month delay, just for technical reasons.
June finds the band in the studio, working on the followup to Adore in Chicago. It is also the beginning of Gish Month on the official web site, featuring early interviews, a special t-shirt, and to top it all off, a live chat with Billy and James, which was supposed to feature only Gish questions.
The live chat with Billy and James for Gish month is cancelled because of a server crash. The chat is rescheduled for July.
The band is still working in the studio, with the only new development being the announcement of the albumss's tentative release date being pushed back to February of 2000. The aborted chat from Gish month is also rescheduled for this month.
The rescheduled Gish chat takes place, with somewhat disastrous results.
Web chat with Billy Corgan and James Iha on July 14th, 1999 - 1999-07-14
(lookup on archive.org)
Web chat with Billy Corgan and James Iha on July 14th, 1999
we will commence in 2 mins. the band has arrived!!!!!
is everybody ready??????
ok, one question at a time please…
hi i just want to say that i love you and seeing you at the 930 club was incredible. i went thru hell to get tix and i ended up paying $60 each but i got pished up front near james and it was incredible!!!!! i love you!!! why did you choose to do la dolly vita? and do you listen to Gish much because Billy forgot the words to Siva at the show and started to sing "who do you love?"
we played la dolly vita to get back to the good old days of rocking and singing sweet songs…but i'm old now and i often forget the words
Why wasn't La Dolly Vita included on Gish?
WHat would you say to someone who wants to start a band with a sound that no one has ever heard of before, something new, something different with no labels attached, but can't find anybody who wants and feels the same way and care as much about music and the band?
we decided to not put la dolly vita on gish because we didn't feel we could top the sub pop version…and we wanted only new things…
'I Am One was the first kind of 'pumpkins song', how did you make the transition of making songs like that other than songs like 'Not Worth Asking'?
Good Luck. I'm Just kidding, I think it's great if you have a unique sound and a unique idea about music, it just takes a lot of patience to get recognized.
we actually had many more "rock" songs before i am one, but it was probably the first definitive pumpkin rock song…that transition happened when we started to have confidence in our own sound
i have heard many of the outtakes from the Gish period like Jennifer Ever, East++ Why werent any of these great songs released??
i suppose those songs will be released someday, but at the time they seemed very passe…now they seem fresh again
if there's one thing you could do with the recording of Gish over again, what would it be?
What do you think you would be doing if none of you ever met?
believe it or not, i wouldn't change much…i wished maybe i could have written a few more new songs at that time…
Were any of the songs on Gish "chemically" enhanced?
yes, we often scrubbed the tapes with draino
I suppose I would be in college still, writing many papers and reading many books about botany, psychology, and rock mythology. Maybe I would still be living at home with my parents, who happen to be very nice people.
For Billy: There was a period when you wrote songs with amazing dynamic, stylistic, and structural changes throughout that helped push up the level on your music. I've noticed from the Arising tour songs and Adore that this is no longer something you try to do. Why is that?
Were any of the songs on Gish "chemically" enhanced?
people often question why we bothered to change, but i think that a question like this almost answers itself…we were as great as we could be at those types of songs, and we bored with them and moved on…it's called progress, but people often see progression as regression, but i feel we have always moved forward…
At the time, I was drinking a lot of diet pepsi, now don't go judging me too quickly, I had a lot of stress, music, and college papers to finish. If I can be candid, I also had a few latte's down at the local cafe.
Wea re only 7 minutes into it.
Will the only Gish outtake, Jesus Loves His Babies, ever be released?
i lied…there are more…
Hey Bolly, what is that heart or symbol on the back of Gish????
Who the hell is Bolly?
What is your favorite Gish-era song to perform live?
What is your favorite Gish-era song to perform live?
i would have to say that siva was probably the best live song from that era…and it seems in my addled mind that we played many different versions of that song
On the last tour we did, we really enjoyed playing "I am One". It was surprisingly fresh and fun to play.
Pre-Gish, was their a key event that got the band noticed?
what kind of cars do you guys drive?
I have a Volvo.
Whats the new album going to be called?
I have a Volvo.
i think what changed everything for the band before pre-gish was recording our own demos in this guy's basement…we spent all our money to record 19 songs, and that is when everything changed for us
Why 'i'm going crazy' was added at the end of daydream?
I've heard that Billy started playing guitar because his father was a jazz guitarist…. James, what got you started on guitar?
because we really were going and have gone crazy
where did the name tristessa come from?
a jack kerouac book of the same name
the sacred heart that appears in the back of Gish says "Souvenir de Ste-Anne de Beaupr�". did you ever go there?
i went there once in a dream… a woman spoke to me…her name was lillian…she said you shall play the rock, and it will make many cry not so real tears…then many years later you will ask…what happened?
why was the bass so pronounced on Gish as opposed to your other albums?
Friends of mine, all had guitars and I just thought it would be "cool" to play, and then I realized it was really hard to play, so it sat in my closet for a year (the guitar, that is) and then one day my friends came over to "jam", so I was forced to "jam" and it was pretty exciting, and from being forced to play, I learned how to play guitar. This dates back to pre-school.
that was before we realized we wanted the guitars really loud all the time
for billy and james: looking back over 10 years time, what do you think Gish stood for and offered for audiences and for you as a band then, and what artistic or personal insights does it offer you as a band at present looking back upon those early days?
i felt at the time that gish was ahead of it's time…of course nobody in 1991 thought so except us, but time was on our side and i'm proud it has become such an influential and respected album
hey Billy,what was that bell thingy around your neck in the jacket to Gish?
what was it like to have gish released along with other albums like nevermind by nirvana and ten by pearl jam
i think i've answered this before, but i wore those bells for two years to remind me, over and over again, to remember
Many people have the opinion that the guitar solo on Tristessa is one of the best ever. Do you agree?
no i do not…i'd have to lean towards the aeroplane flies high or cherub rock
Will I get to see you guys at Woodstock next week????>
no, because they offered jewel more money
There was a lot of really good music during the early 90s and Nirvana and Pearl Jam certainly had great records. It was very exciting to play with bands of their caliber during that time, although it was never a competition between any of these bands. Basically because none of us sounded the same, except for the loud guitars.
<<>> Can we ever expect to see something like a Gish/Siamese Dream anniversary show? Or maybe even a tour? You have been my favorite band ever since lolla, and I really miss seeing a lot of those songs played live. The last two times I saw you guys in Detroit, it was 95% new material.. Is that how its going to be from now on?
actually the next tour is going to be a marked reunion
Is there a meaning behind the word "Gish," or is it just a nonsense word?
the meaning of the word gish is i don't i will i was
I want to thank both of you for giving us something to listen to and relate with instead of being stuck with Ricky Martin and Backstreet Boys songs.. and I'm not sure if this question already got through or not, but what lessons did you learn in the making of gish that contributed to the success of the band?
How was Butch Vig patient during the making of gish?
he had one of those electric cattle prods…he used that everytime something was out of tune
Maybe you can help us out – I heard that the Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin love Gish. We also heard that "The Boys" covered "I am One".
How is bugg?
Bugg is fantastic. He's a good man. Actually, he's a good dog.
i hate to be redundant…but this is a gish chat…
what is the song snail about…..what did u write it about?
snail is about this little guy i found on the beach one day, i took him home, and now he plays in that chicago band local h
The lyrical similarities between I Am One and some of the new songs are noticable. Did Billy realize that?
everysong is ripped off from every other song
During Gish, what was your favorite moment during the whole recording process??
when the album was all done, at 7 a.m., and i went into a corner and fell asleep on my book bag
Is there any hidden messages in any of the Gish songs?
yes, if you listen to rhinocerous backwards, it says…"listen to adore"
Do you two miss anything about the gish and pre gish days?
i miss when it was simpler to just get in a van and drive to a show…to play new music and not have people wonder what does it mean in context with the old…the simplicity is what i miss
what do you think is the most powerful track on Gish?
i would have to say snail
Billy, on the cover of Gish, your hat looks like it has a little Star Of David on it. I can't make it out clearly, so I could be wrong, but is that what it is? What is that suppossed to symbolize?
don't you know…i'm jewish
how did you feel playing with Jane's Addiction when you were just a "new band"?
Billy, what was it like opening for THE RHCP back during the GISH era?
It was the first time we played with a real heavy band, and they were awesome. It really opened our eyes in using a heavier sound to get the music across.
it was great…they treated us with so much respect, and so many of the shows from all three bands were great
<365> Are there studio recordings of songs you played live like What You Wanted and I Am My End?
no unfortunately, there are not
how much and how long did it take to make gish?
the album cost about 30, 000 dollars and took 46 days from start to finish
The million dollar question: What does James say before "Bury Me", if it is James at all?
WHen you recorded Gish, Did you have any problems????
yeah, we were totally broke and i lived with a smelly hippie
did the band get along during the recording of gish?
who's toes are those in the picture of bugg, in gish?
I believe those are my toes.
yes, we got along great…and as a matter of fact we've always gotten along great…all the rest is media hype
Billy: When are those meanings to the lyrics going to be done?
How is Bugg doing? Does he still hang out with the band?
Bugg still has his "paw" in executive managing the band.
How long did it take you all to play old songs again with Jimmy back in the band?
believe it or not, everybody remembered all the old songs on the first try
To Billy- how does it feel hearing the Gish songs after so many years?
When you were recording Gish and touring , what did most of your meals consist of? Considering money was tight, I would assume lots and lots of twinkies.
when i listen to gish…it makes me think of us rehearsing with no heat, getting lost in the van, eating shitty pizza because that was the free food the club had promised us…we spent alot of time together, and that's what i hear when i see gish
Billy, I hate Gish
We got 20 dollars per day to eat when we were on tour, so we ate a lot of junk. I imagine there were some twinkies involved.
before gish, i would say we have about 50 songs…many that have never been bootlegged
Billy> Can we change the subject to the new album>?
what new album???
what band influenced you the most to create the "gish sound"
What Gish song took the most time to record and why?
probably rhinocerous…i think it took 38 days
have you ever noticed that the Collective Soul song "Heaven let your light shine down" sounds JUST like the into to Snail
yeah, it's ironic that he had the same inspiration at the same moment as me
For billy and james: At the beginning of bury me, there's someone saying something like "Boys, let's do it" right before the bass kicks in, who is that, and what the hell does he/she say?
it benjamin disraeli, former prime minister of great britain, saying not now edith
Billy, what was ur last job before you went into recording gish?
i was working at a used record shop that sold show tunes
James what is the one most thing you enjoy out of life?
what is the impression you would like people get you listening Gish from beginning till the end?
I enjoy being completely domestic, grocery shopping, walking Bugg, and Rocking the world. I guess that's 3 things.
i would hope that they would be taken on a mystikal journey of digital warlocks and analog martyrs
why does everyone look so strung out on the gish cover?
Where is the red van?????
i sold it to my dad, and he still has it
WHAT SIZE BRA DOES DARCY WEAR?
a friend of mine told me that he saw you guys in iowa in a small club during gish era, and that you smashed pumpkins all over the place and the manager got pissed and made you clean it up..is this true or is he a fucking liar?
where does the song "jackie blue" fit into the gish era equation? was it to get your name out or to make some money?
Did you tour with Gish in Europe?
yes, we toured for about six weeks during the early part/winter of 92, and i still say it was the best the band ever played
A lot of these qiestions could be easily answered by the interview posted on this site. Doesn't this piss you off?
During the recording of Gish, was it like a close knit family working together towards a common goal, or did you guy fight a lot, pulled each other's hair, and called each other names??
how do you feel about computer?
how did you come with the name "Smashing Pumpkins"?
What do you think of the new trend of the boy bands?
do you believe in fate?
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THESES STUPID QUESTIONS YOU`RE GETTING ASKED?????
It is your friend, and your enemy. I have a computer at home, but my roomate uses it. One day I will understand the Internet and the world of computers but for the moment I still use pen and paper for writing songs, organization, and letter writing. Also I don't type very well. My friend Adam is typing for me.
Do you guys like pro wrestling? If so who is your favorite wrestler?
my fave is mankind/wwf…greatest wrestler of all time
do you say "hose" after "she knows" in rhinoceros? and why?
i heard saying that you like "Placebo" ….. are they an influence for you?
when you did gish, did you seem to get a lot of calls from highschool friends?
If you were on a deserted island, who would you like to be with, Britney Spears or Jennifer Lopez?
do you love me???
yes i love you very much
what exactly does "the world is a vampire " mean to you guys?
Billy, before you became one, how did you envision yourself looking as a future rock star
Over the years, and especially during Gish and Siamese, a lot of high school people I knew came out of the woodwork. There was one concert where the "Bully" of our school called me out of the blue asking for tickets, and I was told after the concert that he called and I wondered why are you calling when you used to hate me. Well, he didn't just hate me, he hated everyone.
do you think you're a "grunge" band, again ?
Billy and James: what are your favorite bands at this point in time? And are you into all of the new death pop stuff?
What is "new death pop stuff"? That sounds wild. I think we will name the new album that. Thank you.