Cover #22 is “Geek USA” by The Smashing Pumpkins from the 1993 album Siamese Dream. It was written by Billy Corgan.
Now, Siamese Dream is my favorite album of all time, and “Mayonnaise” is in my top five favorite tunes. I might do that one sometime, but I figured I should at least attempt “Geek USA.” It’s (obviously) where I got the name for this blog, even though the song has very little to do with the blog itself. I mean, the blog is a melange of pop-crit, music, and politics, and the song is about… being awkward and connecting siamese twins at the wrist. Or something.
It’s a difficult song to play, and this is a very paired down version. The original has something like 50 guitar tracks layered one on top of the other. This is me and an acoustic guitar, doing my best with a tricky, tricky tune. It’s tricky for those of us who generally like their songs to have 4 chords and a la-la-la chorus, at least.
Still… the impact on me as a young Andy of this song, and this album, cannot be understated. Here was an awkward, sensitive nerd and his awkward sensitive friends, playing in a band, and ROCKING THE HELL OUT. It was mind blowing, it was transcendent, and it was brilliant.