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Producer Unearths Video Of First-Ever Smashing Pumpkins TV Performance From 1988

Smashing Pumpkins, group portrait, including Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha and Darcy Wretzsky, Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom, 1992. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images)

A Chicago TV producer has unearthed video footage of the first ever TV appearance by Smashing Pumpkins – years before they became a household name.

The band appeared on a local cable access show called¬†The Pulse¬†in 1988, after sending in a demo tape for the show’s ‘Basement Jam’ segment.

Producer Lou Hinkhouse says even in 1988 “we knew there were on to something”.

The full performance has been uploaded to YouTube with restored video and sound.

Ever see a band before they got famous?

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