Earlier this week, Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Fender signature artist, announced yet another free download from an archive of demos and previously unreleased tracks to the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club.
This time, it’s an alternate recording of the song “Rhinoceros” from 1991’s Gish, and fans simply must enter their email address to get their copy.
According to Corgan, the difference is a keyboard solo that didn’t make the final cut.
“In one version, which the band considered the inferior version in hindsight, it has the standard ripping guitar solo,” Corgan said in an introductory video on the Pumpkins’ official website. “In the other version, which is, actually in my eyes, the superior version, in classic Smashing Pumpkins humor, we thought it would be really funny to get Mark, the engineer, to play a keyboard solo.
“We didn’t actually have a real keyboard, so he used some sort of shitty keyboard.”
Ray Manzarek’s setup, this was not.
“Mark’s actually a really good keyboard player, but this was a marriage made in hell,” Corgan added.
Here’s a surprisingly well-shot video of “Rhinoceros” from 1990. And no, there is not a keyboard solo to be found: