Is This The Most Chaotic Introduction to a Live Acoustic Performance of All Time?
Sometimes I waste valuable blogging-time debating what song to use to kickoff my latest blogging session as the Song of the Day. I try not to overuse the same artists constantly, but when you're binging old music and not listening to much new stuff, that can be difficult.
Ever since Trill Withers tweeted, "rookie Tom Brady looked like Billy Corgan," I've been in the midst of a major "hits only" Smashing Pumpkins binge.
Despite their terrible timing with ads, I cannot say enough good things about Youtube. Yeah, they should pay the people who produce content more, but it's incredible as a resource for basically anything. Where else can you watch a documentary on Nazis (who btw, fucking SUCKED), essentially every SNL skit ever, and a live performance from the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards all for free?
Last month, I came across an acoustic performance of "Cherub Rock" from 1993 that I've since listened to at least 50 times. While the set itself is fantastic, the introduction is what keeps me clicking time and time again.
If I didn't already blatantly give away that this blog is about a nearly 29-year-old Smashing Pumpkins performance, would you have any idea that's what Ray Cokes, host of MTV's Most Wanted, was blabbering about? That man took us on a ride longer than the Mayflower. I'm a weird brain, odd reference guy, but what did poor old Wolfgang do to Ray to catch a ricochet like that? And why Mozart? Was Sir Winston Churchill not decomposing at this time too? I get it he did the whole decompose-compose thing, but in a way Churchull was a composer too. What about Beethoven? At least he got to see 40. Plus, this band is literally called the Smashing Pumpkins. You could've easily played in pumpkin decomp and let Mozart rest in peace.
Don't get it twisted, I know British blokes invented oddball comedy, and I appreciate that, but I can't help but crack up every time I hear that intro. It's so fucking random and unnecessary. Before sending it to the Pumpkins, Ray Cokes even peppers in a perfectly authentic French double entendre (which that line was not). Also, "as you've never heard it before, and will probably never hear it again," brother, this was an acoustic performance during the heyday of MTV Unplugged. It's not like they played it on a fucking washboard.
This entire blog is peak "too niche for my own good" Dozo content, but idgaf this shit geeks me out and had to be addressed.
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