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Topic: Billy Corgan – Chicago Songs 2004

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On slunken wrote:

In 2004 Billy announced some obscure project called \"Chicago Songs\".

As it looks like, this \"Bobby Franks\" song is maybe the only material left from that period, from that project.

Does any of you know more about this? I love this! It has this \"I Am One Part II\" feeling.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoCfcqpuPF4[/youtube]

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Cool As Ice Cream wrote:

check out all the april dates: http://www.splra.org/wiki/index.php?title=Bc2004

clips from the \"church sessions\":
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itq1Y7x_NHQ[/youtube]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LdjjcvLIRk[/youtube]
there are more clips (6 in total), but i couldn’t find them on youtube.

an incomplete recording from the show at the metro is also available.

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On Arthur wrote:

The only thing I know is what I just found on sp.com. The question there is

\"Goofing around on the internet and I found all these old journal entries from Billy Corgan about writing, rehearsing, and eventually recording and performing a bunch of acoustic songs about Chicago. Has anyone heard this stuff? Where can one get one hands/ears on this stuff? For the curious, I read about this stuff and many other things at Billy Corgan’s Live Journal page. I believe this was from the spring of 2004 . . .\"

And the YouTube video was a response to this question… Sidenoted Chicago Song if I remember well, so I took that as a title. For me this little era after Zwan and before the reformation of the Smashing Pumpkins concept is a blank spot somehow. I was only into Pumpkins, a little into Zwan and then found new bands to follow. Anyway, the original question intrigues me. Maybe here are also people that can help. So I guess the questions would be

-Are there more songs like this from this period?
-Did Billy ever talk about this again in interviews?
-Did he cooperate with more people besides this flute person in the video?

Well, anything you know about this project…

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Arthur wrote:

Hahaha and that’s what happens when Cool As Ice Cream edits his original question \"what do you want to know exactly\" while I was typing the answer! :P

Thank you Cool!

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Anonymous wrote:

Here’s a ‘lil rip from an Amateur-made disc that I picked up in Paris about three years back. :)

http://www.sendspace.com/file/il50l3

It’s a bit quiet and incomplete, probably the Audio #1 source:

http://www.splra.org/wiki/index.php?title=Bc2004-04-19

The World’s Fair
Black Irish
Black Sox
Friends as Lovers, Lovers as Friends
Say Goodbye
Prairie Song
Bobby Franks
White Lights
Riverview
White City
El-A-Noy
Columbus (cut).

I believe Columbus was recorded from inside a Tennis racket or something (?). :?

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On Superlordspamulon wrote:

I believe Columbus was recorded from inside a Tennis racket or something (?). :?[/quote:67ufaewv]

Do you mean… tennis court?

So apparently I don't post very often these days
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On Cool As Ice Cream wrote:

-Did Billy ever talk about this again in interviews?
-Did he cooperate with more people besides this flute person in the video?[/quote:1oq8uo2p]
– I don’t think he cooperated with other people on the Chicago songs.
– He talked about the sessions on his website. These blogs are archived here: http://billycorgan.livejournal.com/tag/blue+entry Definitely check out his post from June, where he tries to explain how he experienced it all.
– During the Chicago songs recordings, he posted blogs with pictures on http://www.integralnaked.org. I’m not sure if these are still available.

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On Arthur wrote:
I believe Columbus was recorded from inside a Tennis racket or something (?). :?[/quote:39bl2ijp]

Do you mean… tennis court?[/quote:39bl2ijp]
I just gave it a listen, very nice material! Definately a tennis racket, by the way. Absolutely no tennis court. :lol:

And thanks you all, these are little gems to me, it’s funny how you discover new things every now and then. That June 2004 Live Journal part is indeed very interesting. The way Billy switched between fighting for and fighting against, his love for James, all the artists he is thanking… cool. And this put a smile on my face (the French will know what I mean :wink: ):

until next time, au resevoir….

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On bullettwoutbutterflywings wrote:
-Did Billy ever talk about this again in interviews?
-Did he cooperate with more people besides this flute person in the video?[/quote:67fgjnyv]
– I don’t think he cooperated with other people on the Chicago songs.
– He talked about the sessions on his website. These blogs are archived here: http://billycorgan.livejournal.com/tag/blue+entry Definitely check out his post from June, where he tries to explain how he experienced it all.
– During the Chicago songs recordings, he posted blogs with pictures on http://www.integralnaked.org. I’m not sure if these are still available.[/quote:67fgjnyv]

that second link says it is under constrution.

"shiny, let's be bad guys"--jayne cobb-the hero of canton
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On mr.benway wrote:

Hello Freaks… :wink:

here are some videos from the chicago sessions:
– \"The World’s Fair\"
– six little clips from the recording session
:arrow: http://rapidshare.com/files/108691483/t … s.rar.html

the blog entrys from integralnaked
:arrow: http://billycorgan.livejournal.com/tag/ … .org+entry

Have fun…
Mr. Benway

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On Arthur wrote:

Thanks mr.benway, and welcome to the boards here. Let’s hope you enjoy it here for a few more posts. You bring in the good stuffs. :wink:

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On slunken wrote:

sorry to bump an old thread – but is the chicago songs booklet with all the lyrics in the database? i can’t seem to find it.

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On manillascissor wrote:

sorry to bump an old thread – but is the chicago songs booklet with all the lyrics in the database? i can’t seem to find it.[/quote:1atfpq0p]

i think we stalled on this because the lyrics on unreleased material may be copyright. not sure. :?:

in my time of dying
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On slunken wrote:

that seems odd. i just want to add it to my collection. the lyrics don’t actually need to be reprinted do they? also i couldn’t imagine the lyrics being any more copyrighted than any other set of lyrics from any other album.

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On manillascissor wrote:

that seems odd. i just want to add it to my collection. the lyrics don’t actually need to be reprinted do they? also i couldn’t imagine the lyrics being any more copyrighted than any other set of lyrics from any other album.[/quote:3fw46ve4]

i can, as it’s not an album. i think we have the front and back scans (somewhere????). hopefully we can upload this soon to add to your collection!

:D

in my time of dying
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On slunken wrote:

sounds good. lemme know if you need additional scans.

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