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The Smashing Pumpkins
Date 1989-03-16
Venue WZRD-FM Studios
Location Chicago, IL, US
Venue Type Radio Studio
Capacity Unknown
Lineup Corgan, Iha, Wretzky, Chamberlin
Order of Bands The Smashing Pumpkins
Surfaced Recordings
Pre-FM #1a
Source Pre-FM
Format Reel
Equipment Unknown
Length 12m
Complete? No
Lowest Circulating Generation "Mashed Potatoes" CD
Notes Venus in Furs and My Eternity only. Contains slightly more banter at the start of the show than other versions.
Pre-FM #1b
Source Pre-FM
Format CD
Equipment Unknown
Length 5m
Complete? No
Lowest Circulating Generation "Pisces Iscariot" official release (2012 deluxe reissue only)
Notes Venus in Furs only.
Pre-FM #1
Source Pre-FM
Format Reel
Equipment Unknown
Length 62m
Complete? Yes
Lowest Circulating Generation Reel-? > ANA-2 > CDR
Live Music Archive 16-bit download
Notes Probably from the station master reel. Cut/repeat in Nothing and Everything.
FM #1
Source FM
Format ANA
Equipment Unknown
Length 61m
Complete? Yes
Lowest Circulating Generation ANA-1 > CDR
Unsurfaced Recordings



  • Venus in Furs [The Velvet Underground]
  • Snap
  • My Eternity
  • East
  • Cinnamon Girl [Young]
  • There It Goes
  • Nothing and Everything
  • Under Your Spell
  • Rhinoceros
  • Sun
  • Spiteface


  • First performance of Rhinoceros
  • Final performance of Under Your Spell
  • Last performance of There It Goes until 2012-10-02


DJ: This is The Smashing Pumpkins on The Wizard, WZRD Chicago.
Venus in Furs [Velvet Underground]
Corgan: Hey man, turn up the bass.
DJ: Hey, that sounded really great. What were the name of those last two cuts?
Corgan: Um, the first one was a Velvet Underground song, Venus in Furs, and the second one was Snap.
DJ: Right, right, The Velvet Underground, that's off the uh, the banana LP right?
Corgan: Right
DJ: Uh, do you guys have any cassettes out or LPs that are available or anything yet? Corgan: We're gonna be on the uh, Light Into Dark compilation that's being put out. Um, the record release party is tomorrow, it's five bands: Poster Children, Price of Priesthood, um, Gold September and Ghost Swami and us. That's tomorrow at the Metro, um, we are putting out our own cassette also.
DJ: Great.
Corgan: We haven't decided the title yet.
DJ: Great, hey well listen, everybody out in the listening audience, call us up, feel free, call us up, 794-2861, we'd like to hear your response. It sounds really great in here, so continue on, this is The Smashing Pumpkins playing live on WZRD Chicago.
Corgan: We have a little request for more bass.
[Wretzky laughs]
Corgan: Just a little request.
My Eternity
Corgan: Yeah
DJ: That was hot, that was really hot, what was the name of that one?
Corgan: There's no title to it yet.
Wretzky: The Rock Song.
Corgan: Mommy.
Iha: It's called, uh...
Corgan: Um...
Iha: I wrote the song.
Corgan: Children of the World Part 3.
Wretzky: Singing Out of Tune.
Iha: Opus of the Nations.
Corgan: Singing Out... Singing Out of Tune.
Wretzky: Yeah, that's more like it.
Corgan: Uh, uh, uh, uh... so...
Iha: You want us to do more?
DJ: Yeah, of course, you guys sounded really great, hey, your own man, let your own man say, how does it sound over the air?
Unknown: Great, it's great.
DJ: Alright, that's your own man, it sounds really great, believe us. And uh, once again I just want to tell the audience if you're just tuning in, you're listening to a live performance on the air right now by the Smashing Pumpkins, and why don't you plug that show again tomorrow and the record and everything?
Corgan: Um... huh? Oh yeah, oh by the way we'll be playing at the Cabaret Metro tomorrow night.
Iha: And uh, we open up for um, That Petrol Emotion next Friday with uh, Voice of the Beehive.
Corgan: Uh oh. This is called Cinnamon Girl
Unknown: One. Yeah.
Cinnamon Girl [Neil Young]
Corgan: Ouch.
DJ: Yeah! That sounded really great, uh, I think Neil Young would be proud, to say the least.
Corgan: Thank you, man.
DJ: Yeah. I really liked that a lot. Hey you know, I hope you've got more 'cause you know, we'd love to hear it. You know, like another half hour if you've got it at least, you know.
Corgan: Um, well we've got some more, it's just uh, we've got to take it easy on my voice, I'm just a little sick.
DJ: Yeah okay, plus yeah, tomorrow, night, right, right. Well, do some instrumentals. You're listening to The Smashing Pumpkins playing live on WZRD Chicago.
Corgan: Alright, we're gonna regroup, hold on a sec.
DJ: Okay.
Corgan: Talk a lot, man.
DJ: And uh, they got on the air 'cause I saw them play live and they sounded really great, so hopefully you'll go out and see them play live. They're playing tomorrow night with four or five other bands at the Cabaret Metro and as they said, they're opening for That Petrol Emotion, so that ought to be a really great show. Um, also, listen, if you're in a local band and you want to get your chance at playing live on WZRD, what you do is send us a cassette, it's that simple. Send us a cassette or a record, it doesn't matter, to: WZRD, 5500 North Saint Louis Avenue, Chicago IL 60625-4699. It's real simple. And right now we want, like I said, we're listening to The Smashing Pumpkins playing live on the air, and we'd like to hear from you. It sounds really great, that Neil Young song that they just did was live, that was not a recording. What you're hearing is live. I know it sounds really great, but it is live. Call us up, 794-2861 is the number, we'd love to hear from you.
Corgan: Alright, this is an old song called There It Goes
There It Goes
Nothing & Everything
Corgan: Hey man.
DJ: Wow, I liked that one a lot, I really like that one a lot. Hey we're getting some really great audience response, too.
Wretzky: Oh no
DJ: But we'd like to hear some more. 794-2861 is the number here. This is a live performance by The Smashing Pumpkins. They're playing down here on your radio, it's no charge, but tomorrow night go see 'em by all means, they're playing with 4 other fine bands for their record release party. And not only that, the follwoing they're backing up That Petrol Emotion, isn't that right?
Corgan: That is correct.
DJ: That's great man, that's really great. Local music hitting it big, and we're doing live on WZRD Chicago, with The Smashing Pumpkins
Corgan: Should we play again?
DJ: Hey, by all means.
Under Your Spell
DJ: Alright, hey listen, I got a call from a guy out there named Wolf, he says it sounds really great and he's looking forward to seeing you under a howling moon or something like that. But he's looking forward to seeing you and...
Corgan: Thanks Wolf.
DJ: You sound great, man.
Wretzky: Wolfie! Thanks Wolfie.
DJ: 794-2861 is the number here, and you're listening to The Smashing Pumpkins, they lugged down all their equipment and they want to hear some response, and we want to hear some response. They're doing this for free, so call us up and let us know what you think. 794-2861 is the number here. Have you got some more for us?
Corgan: Yeah, we got a couple more, we're gonna try a new song.
Wretzky: No!
Corgan: Against the protestations of the band.
Wretzky: No, no.
Corgan: This is called Rhinoceros.
Wretzky: No!
Corgan: Yes, yes!
Wretzky: No!
Chamberlin: Is that that real slow one?
Corgan: That's that real slow one, yeah.
Chamberlin: Okay. One, two, three, four!
Corgan and Iha: Very good, very good, very good, very good (screeching noises)
Corgan: Alright. Oh here he comes again, I see the light on. Never mind. You can come out and talk, we're only gonna do two more songs now.
DJ: Okay, I wanna tell you that uh, Fran from Jack Scratch, a good buddy of mine and one of the great guitar players in Jack Scratch just called up to say you guys sound great. And we're getting some other positive calls, too. 794-2861, feel free to call in by all means. This band is playing live, The Smashing Pumpkins, playing tomorrow night at the Metro, and they're playing tonight live, right here on WZRD Chicago.
Corgan: And the last song is called, as soon as James retunes.
DJ: Let me just say one thing, you guys got a lot of fans out in the audience, they're really calling up, definitely, and they really like the sound, they really like the sound a lot. Hey, why don't you plug the show one more time before you leave?
Corgan: Alright, the show is um, tomorrow night, uh, it starts at 10:30, there's five bands, we're the fourth band, not that you should skip anyone else, but we'll probably be going on at about 12:30. You wanna show up late and be cool, you know.
Wretzky: You gotta work.
Corgan: And uh, if you're one of the faithful, you can hear it. This little pop number that we've written up for everyone. Uh, uno, dos, tres, quatro
Corgan: Thank you.
DJ: Hey, that was a really great show. Hey thanks for coming down, everybody.
Corgan: Thank you Joe Gaza
DJ: Hey, thank you for coming down. Hey, the radio station and Sean and Greg did a really fine job here, definitely. Hey, thanks again for coming down. Once again, The Smashing Pumpkins playing live tomorrow night and backing up That Petrol Emotion. That should be uh, some really great shows. Hey, break a leg tomorrow night.
Corgan: Thank you very much.
DJ: Take it easy, thanks again.