Video of the Day: “I am One” James Iha Turns 45

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Happy birthday James Yoshinobu Iha. The former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist and founding member turns 45 this Tuesday. We’re noting his birthday with one of our favorite  tracks, “I am one, ” from the 1991 platinum selling Gish.

Although Billy Corgan has continued with the name Smashing Pumpkins and new bandmates, who’s kidding whom? Despite the dirty laundry that’s been aired over the years about the relationship between Corgan and the other three original members, the line-up with Iha, D’arcy Wrezty and Jimmy Chamberlin will forever be considered iconic and groundbreaking.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.