The Smashing Pumpkins
Gish


4.5
superb

Review

by ZEROthirtythree USER (12 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 127 replies | 23,055 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


1 of 3 thought this review was well written

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Gish was a sublimely spiritual body of work. "Not in a God way, but in a personal way," asserts singer/guitarist Billy Corgan.

"It's got a lot to do with me exorcising old demons, getting my act together, overcoming a lot of my shortcomings. It's an extremely personal record."

The son of a professional funk/jazz guitarist, weaned on the lessons of Bowie, Zeppelin, and The Stooges, Corgan began his musical career in the mid-80's, relocating from his native Chicago down to Florida with a group called The Marked. "Being in that band taught me everything I had gotten into music for was total garbage," he declares. "The whole sex, drugs, and rock and roll thing. It was shallow, everything the Pumpkins [sic] are not."

Corgan came to his senses and returned to the Windy City, forming Smashing Pumpkins in 1988. With bassist D'arcy, guitarist James, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, they embarked on an instant buzz-generating series of gigs that included the opening slots for acts like Jane's Addiction, The Buzzcocks, and Caterqaul. Producer Butch Vig (Garbage) helms the boards for Gish,resulting in the toughest,most traditonally "Rock" sounding album of SP's repatiore.

Band:
Billy Corgan (songwriter, guitar, vocals)
http://www.billy-corgan.com/bios/billy/gish2.jpg

James Iha (guitar)
http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music/980...kins/james.jpg

D'arcy Wretzky (bass)
http://www.musicfanclubs.org/smashingpumpkins/darcy.jpg

Jimmy Chamberlin (drums)
http://landslide.2007.org/omnipedia/jimmy.jpg

1. I Am One - "I Am One" sets the tone for the rest of the album. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlain lays down an impressive kinetic beat, Billy Corgan sings some grinding vocals, guitarist James Iha plays catchy melodies, and D'arcy surges forward her bass. Don't think that because The Smashing Pumpkins made hard-rockers, they used nothing more than simple power chords. As you can tell between this track and the next, "Siva," they both feature arpeggiated chords that are beyond simple. Brilliant track. 5/5

2. Siva - Now comes the neo-psychedelic jam "Siva." It is similar to "I Am One," but with a more effective riff. Here is what Billy said about Siva:
"I always knew I'd write a song called "Siva." Well, originally it was "Shiva" with an "h," and that's the god of destruction and sex but I then I read about it and I realized that that's not what I wanted the song song to be about at all. I didn't want the song to be identified with a specific god. It has more to do with, well, there's yin and yang and there's Siva a shakti(sp?). So it's the male aspect of Hinduism. That's not really what the song is about at all but it's hard to explain. " 5/5

3. Rhinoceros - This was one of the earliest Pumpkins songs to find it's way onto an album. "Rhinoceros" has sort of a psychedelic flavor to it. The song is pretty meh, until kickin' guitar solo comes into play. This song combines both mellow and rocking side of the pumpkins. It's the longest track on the album, at 6 minutes in length. 4.5/5

4. Bury Me - This is a extremely cathcy rocker, with a bassline that brings the song all together. It's sang by Billy and James; James is rather odd in this one though. :P Here is what Billy said about Bury Me:
"Bury Me is the type of song that I literally wrote the whole song and just brought it to the band and then it was just fine tuning. "5/5

5. Crush - "Crush" is a romantic tune with lyrics that are nominated as the best on the album. "And this feeling shivers down your spine, Love comes in colors I can't deny, All that matters is love, love, your love"
4/5

6. Suffer - "Suffer" includes lines like "All that you suffer is all that you are" and "too late to recover peace of mind/too late to recover me" - the song takes a turn in the middle and just.. simply rocks, I can't even describe it, the song just emits an aura, a feeling. Electro guru Tricky sampled the backbeat from "Suffer" on his sex-soaked album "Maxinquaye". 4/5

7. Snail - Corgan's favorite from the album is this one. Here is what Billy said about Snail:
"Um, probably the song the consistently stays with me is 'Snail'. Because its a song that like it wasn't, it didn't, it wasn't one of those songs when you play it you say, 'hey this is a really great song'. We had to work on it and work on it, and kept it in my mind, and kept thinking about it." With lines like "Flower chase the sunshine" it sounds cheesy, but I love it. Best song on the album. 5/5

8. Tristessa - "Tristessa" is spanish for sadness. But this song isn't very depressing, but rather upbeat. With a vast acoustic sound and verse that is so empowering it seems to be an anthem for which is the heart of all of the Smashing Pumpkins. 4/5

9. Window Paine - "Window Paine" is almost as mood-inducing as "Rhinoceros," and takes it's time by resting on one or two chords, which build up to an explosive, cathartic climax. A very dark and gloomy jam. 4/5

10. Daydream - Here we have psychedelic-pop song, sung by the lovely D'arcy. The song is a cover of Blondie's "Daydream." Even though it wasn't recorded using the best instruments, it's still interesting. That hidden track at the end of "Daydream" is weird. Billy sings "I'm going crazy." 3.5/5

"Gish" is short, but it helped Smashing Pumpkins put their foot in the door, and paved their way to being one of the most important alt-rock bands of the '90s.

Overall: 4.5/5



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br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 17th 2004



2125 Comments


Good work ZERO, I still have to buy this album and MACHINA to complete my Pumpkins collection. My favourite song on the album would be "Siva".

EDIT: Wow, D'arcy is really pretty. I don't think I ever realised.

bruise_pristine
July 17th 2004



66 Comments


This is ultimately my favorite Pumpkins album & flawless IMO. Siva & I Am One are great tracks & I couldn't think of any other tracks that should kickstart this album & then to end the album with Daydream is another genius addition not to mention the greatness of Snail. Everything about this album is great & it's a classic.

Badmoon
July 17th 2004



384 Comments


Nice review, and sweet picture of Billy :thumb:

I don't have this album, I have been meaning to buy it though. And my friend named his cat Gish :p.

siva_chair
July 27th 2004



1 Comments


I cannot choose what is my favorite Pumpkins album. They are all so great. Definetly one of my main musical/guitar influences. :thumb:

ShineOnYouCrazyDiamond
July 27th 2004



22 Comments


dont have this album, but you have convinced me to get it. good review

moderaterock222
July 27th 2004



121 Comments


Its a really great album, its just straight forward and rocking most of the time, i love it. Good review also. Id give the albuma 4/5

Wanker
July 27th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. i thoroughly enjoyed it :thumb:

gish is one of those albums that should have gotten more recognition if it weren't for another, more popular band at the time. *cough* nirvana/nevermind*cough*. ahem, excuse me.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 27th 2004



2125 Comments


:lol: Billy was so strange looking back in the Gish days. Actually, he is always strange looking.

:lol: The videos of this album are all terrible. Good thing the music makes up for it.

Wanker
July 27th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha yeah. billy even said in an interview that they did a lot of LSD back in those days. and on the dvd, jimmy mentioned something about not being allowed to put saran wrap over someones face. weird stuff.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 27th 2004



2125 Comments


Yeah, on the DVD someone said that they were taking heaps of LSD

ZEROthirtythree
July 27th 2004



234 Comments


[QUOTE=br3ad_man]Yeah, on the DVD someone said that they were taking heaps of LSD[/QUOTE]

Billy said it himself.

But I like the "Rhinoceros" video.

Rock'n roll
July 27th 2004



9 Comments


Great album. :thumb:

Rock'n roll
July 27th 2004



9 Comments


good reveiw

br3ad_man
Emeritus
July 28th 2004



2125 Comments


[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree]Billy said it himself.

But I like the "Rhinoceros" video.[/QUOTE]

ahhh, ok...I can never tell Billy's voice, it always sounds different to me.


Rhinocerous is the one in the red room right? I guess it's not bad, but it's nowhere near up there with their best. And the video for "Siva" is terrible.

moderaterock222
July 28th 2004



121 Comments


I think those video's have just aged badly...

Billy looks a bit like Justin Hawkins in that picture posted.

Wanker
July 28th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think the gish videos are great. those two and the cherub rock video all have a really trippy vibe to them, which suited their musical style at the time seamlessly.

ZEROthirtythree
July 29th 2004



234 Comments


[QUOTE=ez2remember]HEY WHO IS SPIKEY?????? I just wanted to know what she/he looks like so i could watch out for em.
:chug: gotta love it[/QUOTE]

she is a member of this forum. she will be at the same concert as you.

Shadowed Reflection
September 12th 2004



274 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=br3ad_man]ahhh, ok...I can never tell Billy's voice, it always sounds different to me.


Rhinocerous is the one in the red room right? I guess it's not bad, but it's nowhere near up there with their best. And the video for "Siva" is terrible.[/QUOTE]
The whole reason i got into the pumpkins is when i heard tonight tonight, bullet with butterfly wings and disarm on the radio, i knew due to a certain simpsons episode that that was billy corgan of the SP singing. I downloaded millions of their songs trying to find these songs because i didnt know the name of any of them. These millions of songs got me into them. So in conclusoion, i rekon that billys voice is recognisible, but he has many different singing voices, you just have to of heard them all.

I got gish today, its pretty good. Snail is my faveourite track. Too bad there werent more tracks. I always thought drown was on this album, they shoodof put it on.

If Billy took LSD himself, then why did they kick Jimmy out for drug abuse?

Wanker
September 12th 2004



139 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=br3ad_man]ahhh, ok...I can never tell Billy's voice, it always sounds different to me.


Rhinocerous is the one in the red room right? I guess it's not bad, but it's nowhere near up there with their best. And the video for "Siva" is terrible.[/QUOTE]

yeah, back in that day, they only got 40,000 dollars to make a video. I think they spent it well though

[QUOTE=Shadowed Reflection]If Billy took LSD himself, then why did they kick Jimmy out for drug abuse?[/QUOTE]

because he and the keyboardist took heaps of heroin on the mellon collie tour. The keyboardist died and Jimmy had to go to rehab. He wasnt kicked out permanently though. He was at rehab during the production of Adore, but he came back for Machina and Machina II.

Glue_it_back
September 12th 2004



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review eventhough its a bit bias :p



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