Daily Distraction: Revel in this '93 acoustic rendition of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Mayonaise'

From the 1994 VHS tape 'Vieuphoria'

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan playing an acoustic guitar, but not in 1993.

Brad Keefe's preview of Saturday night's Smashing Pumpkins show at Kemba Live got me thinking about my own relationship to the band, which started with my older brother, who picked the Pumpkins as his favorite band in high school. (I chose Oasis, which, not bad! But I secretly always liked the Smashing Pumpkins more.)

Two specific memories stand out: 1) My brother making a cassette tape consisting only of the song "Today," over and over again, front and back, as many times as the song would fit; and 2) Watching a 1994 Smashing Pumpkins VHS tape called "Vieuphoria" countless times.

The movie was part goofy documentary, part concert footage pastiche, and the concert clips were my favorite. Early Pumpkins is tough to top. Because it is now 2022, and you may not even know what a VHS tape is, "Vieuphoria" is now watchable in full on YouTube. But if you're not the type to spend 90 minutes with a 1994 grunge doc, below is an acoustic performance of "Mayonaise," which the band played on a London street in 1993.

I like it because "Mayonaise" is, of course, the greatest Billy Corgan song of all time, and it translates to acoustic well (James Iha: underrated rhythm player). But also because Corgan and Iha crack up multiple times, even while nailing the stripped-down version. At the end, Iha runs away. I'm glad he came back.