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The Smashing Pumpkast

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A Smashing Pumpkins podcast hosted by Frank Garcia-Hejl and Patrick O'Brien. Wanna go for a ride?



Today on the Pumpkast, we take a trip down south with James Iha's 1998 country-tinged solo album, "Let It Come Down"! While it was not a hit with critics or audiences, there is plenty to appreciate about this cozy gem. Frank and Pat discuss how James deliberately avoided a "watered down Pumpkins" album (and how they're not too proud to admit they probably would have been fine with that), and the album's impressive list of collaborators, including Nina Gordon, Adam Schlesinger and D'Arcy. We also delve into the contrast between James' trademark dry sarcasm and his penchant for earnest, sappy love songs, how there were stronger choices than "Be Strong Now" for the single, and Frank’s secret history as "The Walrus," a lesser-known member of KISS. It's a fun detour down Iha Lane to those heady, pre-Adore days in Pumpkinland. Hallelujah, we're in love with -- well, we're at least glad we gave a good listen to -- this album!

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