You played "Bleed" for the first time in 25 years recently and talked about how contemporary it seemed. Are there other older songs that sound that way for you?
It surprises me how autobiographical some of the songs were that I didn't think were. A song that comes to mind is "Mayonaise" off Siamese Dream. It was probably one of the last songs I wrote lyrics for. I remember just cobbling together ideas, thinking, "I gotta figure something out." So it's kind of a bit of pastiche of different ideas and themes. Then years later I'm playing the song, thinking, "These lyrics are pretty poignant to what I was going through." And I never thought at that time.
Our readers actually just picked "Mayonaise" as their favorite Smashing Pumpkins song.
Yeah, that's just my crazy fanbase that's stuck in 1993. It's a great song, but it's certainly not the best Smashing Pumpkins song by far.
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I always thought it was James who wrote the lyrics and Billy put together the music. At most, Billy may have tweaked the lyrics. That was my impression.
Was I wrong? Or is Billy trying to piss James off? What's going on??