Spring 1993 – Soundworks, Chicago

Produced by Billy Corgan/James Iha and Kerry Brown

Post-Siamese Dream b-sides sessions.


Though it’s rarely played live, “Glynis” is one of the Pumpkins’ finest non-album tracks, and can only (officially) be found on the 1993 No Alternative compilation. An old Speak & Spell “hello” starts the song, and the soupy solo in the middle is the result of double-tracked guitars fed through a vintage Electro- Harmonix Bassballs pedal. The song is a dedication to former Red Red Meat bassist Glynis Johnson, who passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1992.[1]

Billy Corgan on "Glynis": The song "Glynis" is about this girl Glynis who was in a band called Red Red Meat in Chicago, and they're still a band now. She was very sick for a long time and no one knew what was wrong with her and then she found it she had AIDS and she died two months later. And it's not that I knew her very well; we'd played with them, and I've known of her for a very long time. There were things written about her and theres a lot of people who know her better than I. But it really effected me because, not so much--and I don't mean to undermine one person's passing--but it effected me more the way people talked about her dying, and the way people moralized about it, than it did the fact that a human being's life had passed. [2]


Billy Corgan on "Blew Away": written by and produced by the man himself, welcome to james. quiet and cool and whispered. this is a beautiful song. the only song we have ever done that i was not 9did not stick my nose into)and i am glad i didn't. not to be confused with blue. and if you love her… blew away has kerry playing drums cause jimmy was on vacation.[3]

Billy Corgan on "Blew Away": a tune that perfectly captures the james iha i met in 1987, long before he too was swallowed under the great big wave of an assumed success. i will say had little to do with this song beyond arranging it, being gratefully left out of the recording process for once. starry-eyed and countrified, this is a strong effort for a lazy eye. [4]

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  1. Richard Thomas, "Signal To Noise: The Sonic Diary Of The Smashing Pumpkins", Electronic Musician, October 1st, 2008
  2. Billy Corgan, interview, No Alternative video, 1994
  3. Billy Corgan, Pisces Iscariot liner notes, October 1994
  4. Billy Corgan, Pisces Iscariot Remaster liner notes, July 2012