Gish

~ Release group by Smashing Pumpkins

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Gish is the debut album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released in May 1991 through Caroline Records. Frontman Billy Corgan described Gish as a "very spiritual album".

Despite initially peaking at only number 195 on the Billboard 200 upon its release, Gish was eventually certified platinum (one million copies shipped) by the RIAA.

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Gish CD 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) 261 651, CARCD16 5012984991620
Gish Vinyl 10 Caroline Records (UK, 1973-1976, Virgin sub.) CARLP16
Gish 12" Vinyl 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) 1705 017046170512
Gish CD 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) CAROL 1705-2 017046170529
Gish Vinyl 10 Hut Recordings HUTLP2 5020803002013
Gish CD 10 Hut Recordings HUTCD2 5020803002020
Gish Cassette 10 Hut Recordings HUTCS2
Gish CD 10 Virgin Japan (1988–1992) VJCP-28068 4988037013421
Gish CD 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) HUTCD12 5020803002020
Gish CD 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) 0777 7867542 6
Gish Vinyl 10 EMI Music Publishing Korea VKPL-0089
Gish Cassette 10 Caroline Records (US pseudo-indie label) CAROL-1705-4 017046170543
Gish CD 10 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and its subsidiaries) VJCP-25129 4988006698239
Gish CD 10 Hut Recordings CDHUTX 2 724383966325
Gish CD 10 Hut Recordings CDHUTX 2 724383966325
Gish Vinyl 10 Hut Recordings HUTLPX2
Gish Cassette 10 Hut Recordings HUTCSX2
Gish Vinyl 10 Virgin Records America 7243 8 39663 1 8 724383966318
Gish CD 10 Virgin Records America 7243 8 39663 2 5 724383966325
Gish Cassette 10 Virgin Records America 7243 8 39663 4 9 724383966349
Gish 12" Vinyl 10 Virgin Records America 5099990959615 5099990959615
Gish 2×CD + DVD 10 + 18 + 11 Virgin Records America 5099990959622 5099990959622
Gish CD 10 Virgin Records America SPCD1 5099967928828
Gish Vinyl 10 Virgin Records America SPLP1 5099990959615
Gish 2×CD + DVD 10 + 18 + 10 Virgin Records America SPCDX1 5099990959622

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Wikidata: Q1128899 [info]
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"All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure," Enoch Powell once observed. The same laws apply to pop lives, of course. Just compare the current dispiriting demise of R.E.M. with the glorious prime-time swansong of The Smiths, or contrast the adulation of Kurt Cobain - forever 27 - with the scorn heaped on his rival Billy Corgan, whose ongoing self indulgence and increasingly haphazard music have so tarnished the reputation of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Which is why this lavish re-issue of the band's debut is a perfect opportunity to rediscover why his band were, for a while, so exciting and absurdly gifted. Formed shortly after Guns N' Roses had exploded into global fame, and releasing 1991's Gish a few months before Nirvana's Nevermind wrestled US rock in a new direction, it would be easy to see the Pumpkins as a mutant trapped between triumphalist hair metal and neurotic grunge. That would explain the album's tussle between thunderous rock bravado and squealing guitar solos on songs like I Am One, with the soul-baring neurosis of reveries like Suffer.

However, this theory shortchanges Gish's lovely complexity, and overlooks the sheer range of Corgan's musical tastes and the outrageous raw talent with which he channelled them. The ghost of UK shoegazing is also present in the narcotic throb of Window Paine, while Corgan's psychedelic leanings are given full rein in the shifting, shimmering sweetness of Crush.

The extra tracks included on the re-issue are further evidence of Corgan's fanboy obsessions, taking in full-blooded prog-rock on the sprawling Starla, abandoned to shoegazing FX-freak-out on Honeyspider or revelling in numbskull-riffed sleaze-rock on Plume. There's even Beatlesy acoustic whimsy on Jesus Is the Sun, though this is one of those hidden treasures that could happily have stayed hidden.

Given these warring musical instincts, it's remarkable in retrospect how coherent Gish is, how confidently it shifts between the guitar-revving of Siva and the soft seductions of Rhinoceros. It's also a surprisingly small and subtle album. Corgan's ambitions would soon vault the band to the glorious heights of Siamese Dream, a record as ambitious and beautiful as anything else released in the 1990s, and then on into the bloated follies that would destroy this loveliest version of his band. Captured here, however, the band is still full of the future, and as fascinating and beguiling as such things always are.