Voltage Factory Playlist 02 June 16

This week on The Voltage Factory I featured the debut album from The Smashing Pumpkins, Gish, which came out this week in 1991. It wouldn’t be until the Chicago outfit’s next effort, 1993’s Siamese Dream, that they would receive mainstream success, despite the fact that bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, et al were getting widespread acclaim in 1991. Labels were too focused on the Pacific Northwest at the time, and needed to exhaust the region before searching elsewhere for music with loud guitars and self-deprecating vocals which were the flavor du jour. Gish is an under-appreciated album, and was sort of forgotten for the most part when Siamese Dream hit big, yet for many hardcore fans of the group, it remains their defining work.

There was a bunch of new music to get to on the show, including new stuff from Band of Skulls, Dinosaur Jr. and Boston’s very own Crash Midnight, who have a slamming new track called “Roxy.”

Digging around the #VoltVault, I came across a band called Skrape who I initially discovered back in 2001 when their debut New Killer America came out. There wasn’t anything special about the Orlando act, but played right, they could’ve filled the void left by Pantera who were unknowingly on the way out. Unfortunately, they straddled the line between traditional and nu-metal with a slant toward the latter which would prove to be a death knell shortly.

Most people are familiar with one of two times where Aerosmith covered The Beatles; the first was “Come Together” from the soundtrack to the ill-fated film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which came out in 1978, which also got legs when it appeared on the band’s Greatest Hits two years later. They also took on “I’m Down” for the comeback album Permanent Vacation. But before either of them, they recorded “Helter Skelter” during the 1975 sessions for Toys in the Attic, an interpretation faithful to the original which didn’t see the light of day until the expansive rarities set Pandora’s Box was released in 1991 – and now it’s this week’s Killer Cover.

Here are some highlights from this week:

Classic Album Spotlight: The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (25th anniversary)
Volt Vault: Skrape – “What You Say”
Killer Cover: Aerosmith – “Helter Skelter”
Double-shot: The Afghan Whigs

As always, after a new show runs, I’ll be posting the playlist here before the rebroadcast. There is an opportunity to hear it again as the Voltage Factory repeats the following Monday at 10:00pm EST on VanyaRadio. The full playlist is after the jump.

Smashing-Pumpkins-1992 Gish
The Smashing Pumpkins circa Gish, 1991.

02 JUNE 16 Full Playlist

Hour One:
Rollins Band – “Illumination”
Megadeth – “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”
Armored Saint – “Win Hands Down”
Band of Skulls – “Black Magic”
Dinosaur Jr. – “Tiny”
Supersuckers – “Something About You”
D Generation – “Helpless”
Crash Midnight – “Roxy”
Skrape – “What You Say”
Marilyn Manson- “Mobscene”
Type O Negative – “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”
Alice in Chains – “Check My Brain”
Smashing Pumpkins – “Snail”
Tiger Army – “Knife’s Edge”

Hour Two:
TV on the Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
Stone Temple Pilots – “Big Bang Baby”
Smashing Pumpkins- “Tristessa”
Temple of the Dog – “Pushin’ Forward Back”
Hole – “Violet”
Muse – “Super Massive Black Hole”
Rob Zombie – “Foxy Foxy”
Aerosmith – “Helter Skelter”
AC/DC – “Baby Please Don’t Go”
Smashing Pumpkins- “I Am One”
The Afghan Whigs – “Blame Etc.”
The Afghan Whigs- “Debonair”
Manchester Orchestra – “Shake It Out”
Hawthorne Heights – “Silver Bullet”

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