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Encyclopedia > James Iha
James Iha
Background information
Born March 26, 1968 (age 39)
Flag of United States Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genre(s) Alternative Rock
Occupation(s) Musician (guitarist, producer, writer, singer)
Instrument(s) Guitar
Associated
acts
The Smashing Pumpkins
Starchildren
A Perfect Circle
Vanessa and the O's

James Yoshinobu Iha (Japanese: 井葉吉伸, Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ, Jēmusu Iha) born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American rock musician. He is most famous as a guitarist in the highly successful alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and his eclectic musical projects of recent years, including A Perfect Circle. He and Billy Corgan are the founding members of The Smashing Pumpkins. March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (86th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... Starchildren was a side project of The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. ... A Perfect Circle (often referred to as APC) was an alternative rock band, formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... Vanessa and the Os formed in 2003 when James Iha (former guitarist and co-founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins) met Vanessa Contenay-Quinones (Espiritu) and Swedes Andreas Mattson (Popsicle) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing) in New York in 2003. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (86th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago in 1988. ... A Perfect Circle (often referred to as APC) was an alternative rock band, formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ...

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Early life and brief background

Iha attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. He currently lives in Manhattan, New York and co-owns independent record label Scratchie Records with Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. Bands on the Scratchie label include The Sounds, Albert Hammond Jr., and Office. He also co-owns a recording studio with Adam Schlesinger and Andy Chase of Ivy called Stratosphere Sound in Manhattan. Elk Grove Village is a village located in Cook County, Illinois. ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... NY redirects here. ... An independent record label is variously described as a record label operating without the funding (or outside the organizations) of the major record labels, and/or a label that subscribes to indie philosophies such as DIY and anti-corporate art. ... Scratchie Records is an independent record label founded in 1995 by James Iha and Darcy Wretzky (ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne, Ivy), Kerry Brown (ex-Catherine) and Jeremy Freeman. ... Adam Schlesinger (born October 31, 1967) is a Jewish-American composer, musician, and producer. ... Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop/rock band, formed in 1995. ... The Sounds are an upbeat New Wave band from Helsingborg, Sweden founded in 1999. ... Albert Hammond Jr. ... An office is a room or other area in which people work, but may also denote a position within an organisation with specific duties attached to it (see officer, office-holder, official); the latter is in fact an earlier usage, office as place originally referring to the location of one... Species Hedera algeriensis – Algerian Ivy Hedera azorica – Azores Ivy Hedera canariensis – Canaries Ivy Hedera caucasigena Hedera colchica – Caucasian Ivy Hedera cypria Hedera helix – Common Ivy Hedera hibernica – Irish Ivy Hedera maderensis – Madeiran Ivy Hedera maroccana Hedera nepalensis – Himalayan Ivy Hedera pastuchowii – Pastuchovs Ivy Hedera rhombea – Japanese Ivy Hedera sinensis...


In The Smashing Pumpkins

Iha wrote or co-wrote a number of Smashing Pumpkins' songs, such as, "Blew Away" on Pisces Iscariot, "Bugg Superstar" on Vieuphoria, "Take Me Down" on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, "...Said Sadly", "Believe", "The Boy", and "The Bells" on The Aeroplane Flies High, "Summer" on the "Perfect" single and "Go" on Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music. He co-wrote with Billy Corgan "I Am One" on Gish, "Soma" and "Mayonaise" on Siamese Dream, "Plume" on Pisces Iscariot and "Farewell and Goodnight" on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. He also sang "Take Me Down", as well as the band's covers of The Cure's "A Night Like This" and Syd Barrett's "Terrapin". During his time with the Pumpkins, James also appeared on recordings with other bands, including Ivy, to which Adam Schlesinger also contributes, and The Sounds. Pisces Iscariot is a compilation album of b-sides, demos, and outtakes released in 1994 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... Vieuphoria was a part of a live CD/VHS (with Earphoria) released in 1994 (and rereleased as a CD/DVD set on November 26, 2002) by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... The Aeroplane Flies High was a 5 disc boxed set by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Perfect is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music is an album by The Smashing Pumpkins that was released for free on the Internet on September 5, 2000. ... William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... I Am One is also the name of a song by W.A.S.P. on the album The Crimson Idol. ... Gish is The Smashing Pumpkins debut release. ... Soma is a track on the album Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Mayonaise is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins from their breakthrough album Siamese Dream. ... Siamese Dream is the second album and was the breakthrough success for alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993. ... Pisces Iscariot is a compilation album of b-sides, demos, and outtakes released in 1994 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... Farewell and Goodnight is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins, notable for featuring all four band members on vocals. ... Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Roger Keith Syd Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and artist. ... Ivy is a New York City band comprised of a trio of musicians, Adam Schlesinger, Dominique Durand and Andy Chase. ... The Sounds are an upbeat New Wave band from Helsingborg, Sweden founded in 1999. ...


Although Iha was often considered the "quiet one" in The Smashing Pumpkins, he was known to engage in ad-libbed jokes and rap sessions.


In 1998, Iha released a moderately successful solo album, Let It Come Down, his only solo effort to date. One music video was produced from this album, for the song "Be Strong Now", which was also released as a four-track single. Let It Come Down is James Ihas first and currently only solo album. ... Be Strong Now is a song by James Iha. ...


Post Pumpkins Work

Since the Pumpkins' breakup in 2000, Iha has pursued many projects. He continues to contribute to other artists' recordings, such as Don't Be Sad on Whiskeytown's Pneumonia released in 2001 and further guest appearances for Ivy, but made bigger news when he joined rock band A Perfect Circle in July 2003 in time for their Thirteenth Step club tour. He has since appeared on their 2004 album eMOTIVe as well as contributed remixes of Blue and Outsider. In 2003, he joined Vanessa and the O's. The group released an EP Plus Rien in Sweden the same year. Whiskeytown was an alternative country band formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1994. ... Pneumonia is an album by the alternative country band Whiskeytown, released in 2001. ... Ivy is a New York City band comprised of a trio of musicians, Adam Schlesinger, Dominique Durand and Andy Chase. ... A Perfect Circle (often referred to as APC) was an alternative rock band, formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... eMOTIVe is the third album by the American rock band A Perfect Circle. ... Vanessa and the Os formed in 2003 when James Iha (former guitarist and co-founding member of The Smashing Pumpkins) met Vanessa Contenay-Quinones (Espiritu) and Swedes Andreas Mattson (Popsicle) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing) in New York in 2003. ...


Iha also collaborated and produced two tracks with Japanese musician Chara for her 2001 album MADRIGAL. The tracks are called "Boku ni Utsushite" (ボクにうつして)and "Skirt" (スカート). Chara, born Miwa Sato (Satō Miwa, January 13, 1968 in Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan) is a J-Pop singer and actress. ...


More recently, Iha has collaborated on musical and fashion design projects in Japan. With the help of longtime friend and manager Isao Izutsu, Iha started the clothing label Vapor in 2001. Iha also scored the Japanese film Linda, Linda, Linda, released in late summer 2005. Linda Linda Linda (リンダ リンダ リンダ) is a 2005 Japanese film. ...


On March 31st, 2006, Pitchfork Media reported that Iha will be featured on Norwegian pop singer Annie's follow-up to her highly successful debut, Anniemal, which will reportedly be out near the year's end. [1] Iha also remixed "Me Plus One", a track off of Anniemal. [2] Anne Lilia Berge Strand (born November 21, 1978 in Trondheim, Norway), better known by her stage name Annie, is a pop artist and DJ from Bergen, Norway. ...


Iha recently appeared on the track "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" from the tribute album to Serge Gainsbourg entitled Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited. Singer Kazu Makino (of Blonde Redhead duets with him. He also produced two tracks on the album "I love you (me either)" that featured Cat Power singing and "L'Hotel" featuring Michael Stipe singing. Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie Parker (October 1, 1910 – May 23, 1934) and Clyde Barrow (March 24, 1909 – May 23, 1934) were notorious robbers and criminals who travelled the central United States during the Great Depression. ... Serge Gainsbourg (April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) was a French poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. ... Blonde Redhead is an alternative rock or indie rock band. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the lead singer of the American rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the mumbling style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well as his social and...


In February of 2006, a digital ep "In the Sun" produced by Iha featuring Michael Stipe and Chris Martin came out. This ep was for the benefit of Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina. The song was featured on an episode of Grey's Anatomy. [3]. Also in collaboration with Michael Stipe, Iha played guitar at the Bring Em Back Home concert benefit on March 20th of 2006 in Nyc. [4]


Released in October 2006, The Postmarks Goodbye EP features a remix by Iha.


Also in 2006, Iha teamed up with Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains Of Wayne and Ivy) to co-produce America's comeback album, Here & Now. Adam Schlesinger (born October 31, 1967) is a Jewish-American composer, musician, and producer. ... Fountains of Wayne is an American power pop/rock band, formed in 1995. ... Ivy is a New York City band comprised of a trio of musicians, Adam Schlesinger, Dominique Durand and Andy Chase. ... America is an American folk rock band, most popular in the early and mid 1970s and early 1980s and now best known for their #1 hits A Horse With No Name and Sister Golden Hair. ... Here & Now is the sixteenth original studio album by American folk rock duo America, to be released by Burgundy Records in January 2007 (see 2007 in music). ...


In February 2007, Side-Line announced that James Iha delivered a remix for the newest Ladytron single "Weekend Mixes" out on March 9th via Smoke & Mirrors.[5] // Side-line Magazine was started in 1989 by two university students David Noiret and Seba Dolimont who noticed that there was a distinctive lack of media interest in the independent music scene, and especially a lack of coverage in the darkwave, dark electro, endzeit, gothic, gothic metal and electro industrial...


Smashing Pumpkins Re-unite

In June 2005, Corgan announced plans to reunite the Smashing Pumpkins. On February 2, 2006, MTV.com reported that Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin had signed a new management deal with the Front Line Management.[6] And as of April 20th, 2006, it was officially announced on www.smashingpumpkins.com that the band was back together writing material for their first album since 2000. While currently in the studio, Corgan and Chamberlin are the only verified members of the band. Neither Iha nor Wretzky have officially responded to the announcement, however an inside source claims that Iha will not be participating in the reunion.[1] February 2 is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... April 20 is the 110th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (111th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... See also: 2000 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2000 Record labels established in 2000 other events of 2000 list of years in music 2000s in music // John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ...


Discography

Let It Come Down is James Ihas first and currently only solo album. ... Be Strong Now is a song by James Iha. ...

References

  1. ^ MTV News Staff (2007-02-07). For The Record: Quick News On Mandy Moore, R. Kelly, Justin, Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Beyonce, Chamillionaire & More (http). MTV.com. Retrieved on 2007-03-11.

2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... February 7 is the 38th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (71st in leap years). ...

External links

The Smashing Pumpkins
Billy Corgan · Jimmy Chamberlin
James Iha · D'arcy Wretzky · Melissa Auf der Maur
Kenny Aronoff · Matt Cameron · Dennis Flemion · Mike Garson · Jonathan Melvoin · Matt Walker · Joey Waronker
Discography (Categories: albums and songs)
Studio albums Gish · Siamese Dream · Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness · Adore · Machina · Machina II · Zeitgeist
Compilations & EPs Lull · Peel Sessions · Pisces Iscariot · Rotten Apples & Judas 0 · Earphoria · Rarities and B-Sides
Box sets Siamese Singles · The Aeroplane Flies High · The Aeroplane Flies Lower
Singles "I Am One" · "Tristessa" · "Siva" · "Rhinoceros" · "Cherub Rock" · "Today" · "Disarm" · "Rocket" · "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" · "1979" · "Zero" · "Tonight, Tonight" · "Muzzle" · "Thirty-Three" · "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" · "Ava Adore" · "Perfect" · "The Everlasting Gaze" · "Stand Inside Your Love" · "Try, Try, Try" · "[Untitled]"
Rare & specialities Early 1989 Demos · Light Into Dark · "Daughter" · The Smashing Pumpkins 1991-1998 · Still Becoming Apart · Machina/Machines of God (promo) · The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music · Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88
Tribute albums A Gothic-Industrial Tribute · Midnight in the Patch · The Killer in You
Videography
Videos Vieuphoria · Greatest Hits Video Collection
Related articles (Category: Smashing Pumpkins)
Bands Jimmy Chamberlin Complex · The Marked · Starchildren · Zwan Producers Alan Moulder · Butch Vig · Flood
Record labels Caroline · Constantinople · Reprise · Sub Pop · Virgin Studios Pumpkinland · Sadlands
Other Alternative rock · "Homerpalooza" · Mashed Potatoes · Bernadette O'Brien · Yelena Yemchuk

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James Iha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (771 words)
James Yoshinobu Iha (井葉吉伸, Iha Yoshinobu or ジェームス・イハ born March 26, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a Japanese American rock musician and runway model.
Iha attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, the same town in which Pumpkins' singer and lead guitarist Billy Corgan was born.
Although Iha was often considered the "quiet one" in the Smashing Pumpkins, he was known to be very obscene while on-stage, as well as engaging in ad-libbed rap sessions and tap dances.
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