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Old 02-04-2010, 03:01 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Set the Ray to Jerry Appreciation Thread

Soooooooooo good.





Killer groove with beautiful guitars and drums, and a perfectly driving bassline. Lyrically and musically this song is bliss. I got to hear it live once and it made my day. I didn't know this song existed until like 2004 though. I wasted my life up until then.


Let's hear some love for this track, you little fucks!!!

(Also idgaf if this thread has been made a billion times, it needs to be made infinity times - and you can't search for the terms "set" "ray" or "to" either, even if you use "set the ray to jerry" all in quotes..)

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:13 PM   #2
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Yea, it's pretty good.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:25 PM   #3
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I certainly appreciate this song

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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I recently read some review on TAFH and said that Set the Ray was the worst from the 1979 single. Fuck them.

Have you listened to the '92 demo? It's awesome as well.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:21 PM   #5
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i hadn't listened to this song since the "revival" or whatever you want to call it. this song embodies the spirit of the old pumpkins. truly amazing.

also, jimmy's drumming is so understated and graceful. gotta love it. it will be missed.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:30 PM   #6
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http://forums.netphoria.org/smashing...074-strtj.html

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:33 PM   #7
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I like how the phrases are made up of five bars instead of the usual four.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:55 PM   #8
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i hadn't listened to this song since the "revival" or whatever you want to call it. this song embodies the spirit of the old pumpkins. truly amazing.
it embodies that spirit so well because it's got all four members playing on it, live.. which imo is the best way to hear the smashing pumpkins.

and yes, one of jimmy's finest pumpkins moments.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 05:17 PM   #9
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Ugh. It is a beautiful song, but I associate it with some of the saddest and darkest months of my life. It was then when I discovered the song on Judas 0. This, Winterlong, Waiting and a few others make me feel

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:25 PM   #10
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It is a great track...I saw it live too and I believe it was the first time they played it since 97 or 98? So I was going bazurk.

Or maybe that's when I heard Radiohead play Talk Show Host live...I can't remember now.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 06:38 PM   #11
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2nd fave song of all-time.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 10:41 PM   #12
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Yeah, song's great, duo's right, he's so awesome just like this song.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:21 PM   #13
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Excellent choice.

 
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:47 PM   #14
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nice music... pussy lyrics

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:40 AM   #15
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I like it, but 'want you / need you' lyrics are pretty terrible.

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 12:43 AM   #16
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I dunno, sometimes I think that says it all. "I want you/I need you" is exactly how you feel sometimes, simple as it may be. But he sings it rather Billy-esque, and I love that. It's more than just "I want you/I need you" ya know?

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 02:05 AM   #17
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This song is so simple yet amazing!!!

I've heard the version from QaoS, but is there any evidence of a studio version from the Siamese Dream recording sessions existing??? That would be pretty cool.

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:08 AM   #18
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my favourite SP song

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:23 AM   #19
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eurgh this is an absurdly good song

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 03:30 AM   #20
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In my top 10 if not top 5 Pumpkins songs.

Also, one of the few Pumpkins songs that has been covered decently. What was that band called? Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer or something?

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Old 02-05-2010, 04:37 AM   #21
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so long ago so far away

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 04:52 AM   #22
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Old 02-05-2010, 05:03 AM   #23
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This song is so simple yet amazing!!!

I've heard the version from QaoS, but is there any evidence of a studio version from the Siamese Dream recording sessions existing??? That would be pretty cool.
here:
YouTube - Smashing Pumpkins - Set the Ray to Jerry - 1993 demo

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:29 AM   #24
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No, that's the QaoS version. '92.

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:24 AM   #25
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I take it I'm going to be labeled as crazy if I said I prefer Cherry.

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 09:43 AM   #26
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I take it I'm going to be labeled as crazy if I said I prefer Cherry.
I prefer Cherry as well, but it doesn't diminish STRTJ's greatness at all.

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:25 AM   #27
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Set the ray to jerry = ok

Widow wake my mind = awesome!

Lol!

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:33 AM   #28
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Set the ray to jerry = ok

Widow wake my mind = awesome!

Lol!
Just.... don't.

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:10 AM   #29
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I prefer "today" to STRTJ, I also prefer plume to STRTJ. BUT I prefer plume to today. StRTJ is better than blew away though. Then there is the comparison of STRTJ and Disarm. This is a virtual tie in my book. Some days I like STRTJ better, somedays Disarm....guess it depends on my mood. If I compare STRTJ to Bleeding the Orchid....no contest, Bleeding the Orchid ROCKS!! Once I broke up with a girlfriend while driving in my car to it!!! Maybe that is why I like BTO so much!! She was a real bitch and orchids are so beautiful. And to bleed an orchid.....what exactly does that mean anyway? To me it meant that this beautiful girl riding shotgun...i wish she would bleed. Maybe she was already that day and hence the breakup. Enough of that. Lets take a Zwan song and compare it to STRTJ. How about baby lets rock....good song but doesnt have the depth of STRTJ so I go with STRTJ on this one. XYU kicks STRTJ's ass!!! No contest. One time at band camp....we tried to play XYU and what a fiasco!! We couldnt play STRTJ because we didnt have a bass guitar. O well, I asked the camp counselor if he knew of anyone who had one. And he said no, unfortunately, or we probably would have tried to play STRTJ since it was duovamp's favorite song on TAFH. What is a duovamp anyway? I do know vamps are gay, and to be a duo-vamp...meaning 2 vamps? Kinda confusing. This is in a nutshell what I think about STRTJ. I could really go on all day long, let me know if you really want to know more about my feelings of STRTJ...... Scale of 1-10 I give it about a 7.8

 
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:47 AM   #30
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That one hi hat in the third verse.

That is where it's at people.

You know what I'm talking about.

 
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