It’s comforting to know that whatever The Smashing Pumpkins look and sound like in the present day, Gish will still exist as a time capsule remaining in pristine condition.
Corgan played all the guitar and bass parts on Siamese Dream not Gish, which is quite well summarised by the man himself on the recent masterpiece show Zane Lowe did for Siamese Dream. As I understand it, in the early days Billy and James spent lots of time writing together....
Anyway, it's still a great album, pumpkins at their most consistently tripped out, hippy, and psychedelic- they had their moments after that but never as consistently. Suffer is an amazing song, understandably sampled by Tricky on the track Pumpkin from Maxinequaye.
WRT: Snail. I saw them at Wolverhampton Civic Hall Sept 93 on the Siamese Dream tour, Billy started throwing flowers into the crowd as he sings the words "flowers". An epic gig, still ranks in my personal top 5 live experiences.
He certainly wrote some really good songs within the Smashing Pumpkins discography. I was more broadly trying to get across that Billy has always been the driving force behind the band. I could have dedicated more space to the other members, but Corgan is at the heart of everything significant they've ever done.
As for James' contributions to the recording process - I was merely going off past interviews, but I wouldn't be surprised if Corgan's recording of the other members' parts was overstated in the press.
Still, completely agreed that this is a wonderful album. Their finest in my opinion.
Now I feel depressed...