JAMES IHA SAYS HIS SOLO ALBUM LET IT COME DOWN CAN STAND NEXT TO SMASHING PUMPKINS’ MELLON COLLIE
UPDATE: It looks like the meaning of what some of James said could have been lost in translation.
Here is an excerpt from SPFreaks‘ new interview with former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha:
“At the time I also wrote my own songs. Barely a handful were released under The Smashing Pumpkins moniker. And that didn’t bother me. Everything had to fit in with the larger view of the albums and the band. Songs which we worked on because they might have appeared on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness were fortunately not recorded. They received their own place on my solo debut, Let It Come Down. That album can effortlessly – and on its own – stand next to the monumental masterpiece that we created as The Smashing Pumpkins. With Look to the Sky, I have the feeling that there doesn’t need to be any talk of it ‘existing alongside’. Now the album is one with me and my whole life right now; an expression of what I am doing at this very moment and want to share with the world. In this harmony, I can play my songs mixed in with songs I cherish, whether they’re covers of Patti Smith, or ‘Mayonaise’ which Billy Corgan and I wrote, which I see as an absolute highlight from my time with The Smashing Pumpkins. That I can entertain people all the way over here in the The Netherlands, fills me with gratitude and happiness. “