Billy Corgan took over SiriusXM alt rock station Lithium today at 3pm PST and played some songs that influenced him during his life. At the very end he talked about the upcoming reissues of Gish and Siamese Dream. Here is the track list that Billy had chosen for the broadcast!
Billy’s Playlist while hosting SiriusXM Lithium
Alice in Chains – Down in a Hole
Billy starts with asking what does alt rock means to people now and how he doesn’t know what it means to him anymore. He reflects on how at a time that MTV didn’t even have a name for it and it was called “post modern” rock. He went on with talking about how he “stupidly” thought that Alice in Chains was “to heavy for alt. music”. When he saw them back in the day he thought they were too heavy for them and too classic rock. He went on to saying they are “back as good as ever”. Followed by which he said he would listen to “Down in a Hole” every morning while recording Siamese Dream. Then how years later he ended up singing this song with Alice in Chains when they reformed in 2006.
Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick
Billy said in the late 80’s at the start of the grunge era when he would hear certain songs and say ‘something is really happening’. He went on to say how music seems to comes from an obvious direction but occasionally a song comes from nowhere.
Cure – 100 Years
Billy said that bands in the 80’s setup so that alternative music could be successful in the mainstream. This song defined Billy’s “Gothic Kingdom”.
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Cutter
Billy thinks Echo and the Bunnymen has yet to get its due, and claims that U2 has ripped off them. He hopes no one gets mad at him for saying that. Billy hopes that in the future they will get their proper due. He talked about how Flood (one of the producer of Mellon Collie & Adore) worked on this track and without the bands approval did this weird musical mix at the start of the song and the band originally rejected it and did their own version but came back and went with the mix Flood had done.
Sisters of Mercy – Alice
Billy said when he was a gothic young man how he would stand on the corner of Austin & Addison in Chicago with his big Robert Smith hair and would have his sexuality challenged by big Italian men yelling at him out of fast moving cars. Billy was going to the Teeny Club when people were having their gothic moments this song influenced him. He talked about pre-internet days where you couldn’t look up about bands and bands like this would have a cloak of mystery surrounding them, and even if you read an interview you couldn’t find where they were able to get such an interesting sound.
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Arabian Knights
He says this is one of his favorite songs and can’t explain it. Billy feels it’s important to point back to bands that influence you. Billy said that Siouxsie and the Banshees were able to unlock certain rhythms and feelings that are still in alt rock today.
Blacks Sabbath – A National Acrobat
Billy said the band would commonly be asked what are your some of your musical influences and when Billy would say “Black Sabbath” the interviews jaw would drop. He went on to talk about how it wasn’t cool to like bands like that at the time but that now Black Sabbath has gotten their dues. Billy mentions how the band would occasional play this at the end of one of the pumpkins song.
Queen – Somebody to Love
Billy said growing up he knew that Queen was special. He admits ripping off Queen occasionally as well as not knowing what it meant to be Queen. He had a tough time on choosing which song to play but ultimately chooses to play “Somebody to Love”.
Cheap Trick – Heaven Tonight
Talking about Cheap Trick he recognized them as the preeminent Chicago and called them one of the greatest band in music. Billy said of this song (which he calls a dark song) he gets a sense that its about suicide where he envisions this guy in a white Camaro with his really hot girlfriend off a cliff.
Smashing Pumpkins – Starla (2011 mix)
Billy “shamelessly” talks about the reissues. He talks about Starla and how the band would get these calls from management saying they needed a song for a b-side in 3 days. Billy said that the band worked on Starla starting at 11pm – 7am and he didn’t even have lyrics for the song. He said there is a beauty in the song that he might otherwise ruined if he had to gone over it.