Smashing Pumpkins: Billy Corgan (vocals, guitar); James Iha (guitar); D'Arcy (bass); Jimmy Chamberlain (drums).
First released in 1994 in VHS format as VIEUPHORIA, this collection of pre-MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS live tracks finds the groundbreaking Chicago quartet captured live during their marathon 1993-4 world tour in a variety of international settings, from London and Chicago to Spain and Japan. In addition to the original 10 live tracks featured on the video, including a half-time version of "Disarm" from British TV, and an unplugged "Cherub Rock" from a European MTV show, EARPHORIA features snippets of demos dotted throughout the proceedings, such as the opening "Sinfony" and the intriguing "Bugg Superstar," while the anthemic (and self-descriptive) closing instrumental jam "Why Am I So Tired" is something of a percussive tour-de-force for ace drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Also available in DVD format, the set will be an education for those who wish to delve a little deeper into the Pumpkins' oeuvre, as well as an obvious must-have for Pumpkins completists.
What the critics say...
Rolling Stone (12/12/02, p.100) - "...Documents the kind of dynamic back-and-forth that comes along in rock very, very rarely."
Uncut (1/03, p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...The band's not quite tight, but that just makes Corgan's and co-guitarist James Iha's unpredictable detonations all the more powerful..."
CMJ (12/02/02, p.6) - "...EARPHORIA stands as an amazing display of a band that was just beginning to reach the pinnacle of both its commercial success and artistic output....This is a very welcome walk down memory lane..."
- Quiet - (live, in Atlanta 1993)
- Disarm - (live, 1993)
- Cherub Rock - (live, acoustic on MTV Europe 1993)
- Today - (live, Chicago, Illinois 1993)
- Bugg Superstar
- I Am One - (live, Barcelona, Spain 1993)
- Soma - (live, London 1994)
- Slunk - (live, Japan 1992)
- French Movie Theme
- Geek U.S.A. - (live, Germany 1993)
- Mayonaise - (live, acoustic)
- Silverfuck - (live, London 1994)
- Why Am I So Tired