Pissy Pumpkins Unplug On Chris Isaak Hour

Last night’s Chris Isaak Hour featured Billy Corgan and his now departed bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin in a predictably petulant Q&A intercut with sweet acoustic performances to remind us why we still care about the Smashing Pumpkins. Along with their touring musicians, Chamberlin and a harmonica-playing Corgan were joined by horns and violin on four post-Zeitgeist tracks plus an Issak-assisted cover of “Nowhere Man.” Isaak is a charming, able interviewer, getting the Smashing frontman to open up about the fans who hate their music, his dad who hates his singing, his former bandmates who have no talent, and Kurt Cobain who “wasn’t necessarily the nicest person.” Cobain and Corgan had a “strange” relationship, he says, because “the night I threw Courtney Love out of my apartment is the night she famously walked down the street and ended up in his bed.” Chamberlin also makes some petty comments about former bandmates James Iha and Darcy Wretzky, claiming their only contribution to the band was “high fashion” and implying they didn’t know how to play their instruments. The performance segments were more successful. Watch…

“Owata”

“99 Floors”

“The Rose March”

“Sunkissed”

“Nowhere Man” (With Chris Isaak)

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Owata” (Chris Isaak Hour) (MP3)
The Smashing Pumpkins – “99 Floors” (Chris Isaak Hour) (MP3)
The Smashing Pumpkins – “The Rose March” (Chris Isaak Hour) (MP3)
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Sunkissed” (Chris Isaak Hour) (MP3)
The Smashing Pumpkins – “Nowhere Man (Feat. Chris Isaak)” (Chris Isaak Hour) (MP3)

Now we blame Chris Isaak for Chamberlin quitting the band, right? FYI drummer auditions have been pushed back to 4/14. Good luck everybody.