Billy later stated that in '92, "we were the best rockband that we ever could
have been." He felt that in this time period, the band had attack, style,
thinking, and aggressiveness.
- Spiral Scratch magazine did an article on the Pumpkins entitled "Fuck Off..
We're From Chicago!" The article describes Gish explaining that Billy
spent four months in the studio perfecting it. It also told that it took from
December 1990 until March 1991 and ended up costing $20,000, a modest budget
then. James was asked how Butch Vig was added to the project, "Just a phone
call really. People had suggested to us working with him before." In addition,
the article continues to draw upon the band's history and Billy describes the
Marked as "Hindu-influenced gloom."
- "Daughter" was included on a 7" one-sided flexidisk included only in subscriber
copies of the April 4, 1992 issue of Reflex magazine. This was the first issue
to test the "subscriber only" distribution method in hopes of raising sales,
but the project failed and the magazine shut down six months later. Therefore,
the numbers of existing copies are extremely low. Also, the track is identical
to the one on the 1989 "Moon" demo tape.
- Guitar Player magazine featured a profile on the band entitled "Exploring the
Outer Frequencies." Of special interest, Billy describes his take on
"Rhinoceros", the song from Gish as "I recorded 17 tracks of feedback
for that one. I wanted it to sound like World War I airplanes dive-bombing
around your head. I took three or four guitars and put them through a stereo
vibrato; then I took about six guitars through a Leslie going the other way. I
then unblended in some guitars to smooth things out."
On the 27th, Jimmy Chamberlain joined Pearl Jam onstage for one song at the
Alumni Hall in Milwaukee, WI.
On the 28th, Billy, James, and D'Arcy came on stage during Pearl Jam's encore
for two songs. Jimmy Chamberlain had probably accompanied the band as well.
They played "Window Paine" and a cover of "I Got a Feeling" by the Beatles,
D'Arcy's favorite band.
- The band played at the Tourhout/Werchter Festival in Tourhout, Belgium. They
were asked at the last minute when Pearl Jam cancelled due to illness.
The band did two acoustic appearances. The first one was an in-store show at
Blackout Records in Chicago, on the 11th. The second was on the 23rd at the
- The band played at the Reading Festival in Reading, UK on the 29th that proved
to be a very disastrous show and nearly led to a break-up. On the "In
Conversation" CD, Billy describes the show in frustration as "when
fifty-thousand people talk, you can definitely notice, so there's that pressure
to really be good. And then you know, you don't get a soundcheck, you're
walking onto a big, huge stage, you have people working there who normally
don't work, your stuff, instead of being ten feet away is twenty feet away, so
it makes the sound different. And that's nobody's fault, but if you get used to
working under similar conditions, it all gets thrown to the dogs." Billy
smashed up his equipment during an ill-tempered set. Among it, was his guitar
and apparently it had struck the record company President in the head. Halfway
up the bill, the Pumpkins had been expected to "do a Nirvana" and liven up the
event similar to how the Seattle band had been the year before. It didn't
occur, and sadly the atmosphere of failure increased by the presence of Nirvana
headlining slot the following day. Billy later admitted that the band was upset
at each other and "it was one of a handful of times where we've let each other
The "I Am One" single was released on Hut Records. The CD features the b-sides
"Plume" and "Starla". The 10" featured
has "Bullet Train to Osaka" and "Terrapin" for additional songs. Terrapin was a
song that was recorded live at Rose Records in Chicago, IL on 06.23.91. The
Australian version has different cover art.
- However, touring had now taken its toll. Jimmy Chamberlain, the drummer, was
hitting the bottle. D'Arcy and James, who had been dating, had now broken up
and were finding life in a band intolerable. Billy was going mad.