06 July 2021

6 July 2021 - Smashing Pumpkins - Rhinoceros

A lot of people like to request Smashing Pumpkins as posts on this blog.

What they don't know is that I was a fan from the very beginning.  This song, one of the few the band still performs live from their debut album, Gish, was their second single - although the "single" was really the EP Lull.  It remains to this day one of my favorite songs.  It starts slow and quiet and builds to a frenzied wall of noise.  

By the way, D'arcy isn't really throwing the ball backwards, people.  It was filmed in slow motion and run backwards.   

I did not choose a modern performance of the song for the live showcase.  I *did* choose one from 1991, which highlights just how important D'Arcy's bass was to the band's sound. The song is more subdued than the original for a longer time, but eventually builds to the noise.   

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