For me that was a godsend because I was used to doing records for all the indie labels and we only had budgets for three or four days. Having that luxury to spend hours on a guitar tone or tuning the drums or working on harmonies and textural things. I was over the moon to think I had found a comrade-in-arms who wanted to push me, and who really wanted me to push him.
The band powered through the recording sessions in record time, but the pursuit for perfection took its toll. Wretzky stated that she wasn't sure how the band survived it and Corgan told MTV that he suffered a nervous breakdown trying to finish. People ask if it's a political album. It's not a political album, it's a personal album. In a weird kind of way, Gish is almost like an instrumental album -- it just happens to have singing on it, but the music overpowers the band in a lot of places.
I was trying to say a lot of things I couldn't really say in kind of intangible, unspeakable ways, so I was capable of doing that with the music, but I don't think I was capable of doing it with words.
The first official single off the album was " Siva. He initially titled the song "Shiva," unaware of the connotations of the name's usage in Hindu culture, but he removed the "h" to lessen the association.
The song would also be the muse for the band's first music video. Gish was met with largely enthusiastic reviews. On the month of its release, Chris Heim of the Chicago Tribune credited producer Butch Vig for helping the band achieve a "clearly defined" and "big, bold, punchy" sound for the album. Heim also indicated that the varied styles of the album would be a good addition to the alternative music culture of Chicago at the time—a culture that was sometimes perceived as inaccessible for new bands.
Many substantive reviews of Gish emerged only with the release of Siamese Dream , when mainstream critics took their first look into the back-catalog of a band whose popularity was exploding.
Derek Weiler of the Toronto Star noted that songs on Gish contained "either galloping riffs or trippy feedback hazes" and that the latter were especially effective and entertaining.
In , Gish and the Smashing Pumpkins earned recognition at the Chicago Musician Awards, for which local music publication Illinois Entertainer polled readers and Chicago music industry figures such as critics, writers, and club owners. In separate polls, readers and industry figures chose Gish as the "best local album". Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha won individual honors for their performances on the album, and the band as a whole earned the "best hometown national act" award.
Gish spent one week on the Billboard , peaking at number later re-peaking at number upon its re-release ;  however, the album reached number one on the College Music Journal chart, which tracks airplay and popularity on college radio stations. Until the release of the Offspring album Smash in , Gish was the highest-selling independently released album of all time. Gish would later be reissued under the Virgin label, and was certified platinum on February 5, In , after the success of follow-up Siamese Dream , the album was given a slight remaster and redesign and was reissued on the Virgin label.
In , the Smashing Pumpkins announced a 17th anniversary box set re-release of the album that would include older bonus material, but this set experienced delays. Those involved in the making of Gish are: . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Gish disambiguation. Alternative rock  hard rock  psychedelic rock  grunge . Caroline Hut. Butch Vig Billy Corgan. Sample of "Rhinoceros", taken from the band's debut album Gish and also featured on the Lull EP Retrieved July 24, Chicago Tribune.
Retrieved September 3, American Songwriter. Retrieved October 28, Phoenix New Times. Retrieved EQ Magazine. We're From Chicago! Spiral Scratch. Rockline Radio Show. Retrieved February 10, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed. Omnibus Press. ISBN Entertainment Weekly. An essential listen for any alternative rock fan. Prior to Gish my only exposure to The Smashing Pumpkins was by way of a Simpsons gag , so I was glad to expand on that.
This introduction has been pleasant in ways only debuts can be. The music tempers murkiness with edge, occupying a peculiar space between psychedelia and grunge. Tracks in their vein, which slow things down to the point of drug-riddled meditation, are Gish at its best. Their loose, thoughtful control really hit the spot.
Not that everything is just right. Several songs are longer than they justify.