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Posted in Artist Watch, News, Releases with tags , , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by Randy

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ longtime strong bond with their fans continues today (Tuesday, November 29 at 9:00AM) via The Smashing Pumpkins Record Club when the reissues of their first two albums–1991’s Gish and 1993’s Siamese Dream–become available.

According to the band’s website, fans will get five free unreleased demo tracks for download: “All orders of Gish and/or Siamese Dream include an instant download of the four tracks that have been previously available only through the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club (SPRC) – the 8-track demo of “Drown,” “Suicide Kiss Geek” (no vox), “Barb Wire” and “Rhinoceros Version 2,” plus one new exclusive. As a little bonus for purchasing these from the SPRC directly, we have found another little buried treasure for you. Enjoy the “Frail and Bedazzled Instrumental” — This is a Billy Corgan home demo from back in the day! While you are at it, be sure to sign up for the SPRC for future gems…Digital purchases will be delivered via download link at midnight on November 29. There are standard and deluxe versions available of each album, with different tracklists.”

Both albums, each with bonus content and special features that were curated from the band’s archives by founding member Billy Corgan, have been painstakingly remastered for the first time from the original master tapes by Bob Ludwig.  

After touring America and Europe this fall–the trek launched October 5 in Los Angeles and wraps December 8 inLisbon–they will release OCEANIA, “an album within an album,” as part of their in-progress 44-song work TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.  Featuring 13 new songs, OCEANIA will be released in early 2012 (further details TBA).

Here is some of the early critical praise for the Gish and Siamese Dream reissues:

“Billy Corgan brought an auteur’s sensibility to Nineties alternative rock: he didn’t smash guitars, he stroked them into ecstatic swells of heaviosity as he cooed composition-book poetry.  With 1993’s Siamese Dream–which, like the band’s debut, Gish, had been beautifully remastered and loaded with extras, including a hometown show on DVD–Corgan built a monument to art rock and OCD.  His dizzy, acid-softened side lent songs like ‘Hummer’ their poignancy–and animates the best bonus material (12/8/11).”  (Four-out-of five star review)

–Nick Catcucci, ROLLING STONE, 12/8/11 (regarding Siamese Dream)

“The outtakes show the work in progress. A rehearsal demo of ‘Today’ hums along like a perfectly agreeable hard-rock track that probably would’ve been played on emerging alternative-rock stations and then forgotten. But Corgan later came up with an intro guitar part that gave the song its chiming fragility, a sense that its beauty and optimism were just a cover-up…More than any moment, ‘Today’ is the pivot point of the Pumpkins’ career, a breakthrough song for a band that had been all about sound. Siamese Dream was loaded with melodies, from “Luna” (both in its gossamer studio version and its even more haunting “apartment demo”) to the scorched overdrive of ‘Cherub Rock,’ Corgan’s raised middle finger to the independent-rock scene that never embraced him…Corgan was a stoop-shouldered suburban misfit from a splintered household, much like many in his audience, and Siamese Dream became a soundtrack for a significant portion of his generation.”  (4 out of 4 stars)

–Greg Kot, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/27/11 (regarding Siamese Dream)

“The remastered albums still sound potent–a testament to the rigorous attention to detail that Corgan and producer Butch Vig brought to the original sessions…Gish remains among the more sensual hard-rock albums of the decade…His voice rides the curve of the guitars, the arrangements swerving rather than stomping in typical hard-rock fashion, yielding surprises with each turn. For all its sensitivity to flow, the group could crush your skull when you least expected it, going from near-silence to a thunderclap. The ebb-and-surge dynamics in a track such as “Siva” still impress, as if Corgan were trying to compress a side-long suite by his beloved Rush into four minutes.”  (regarding Gish3.5 out of 4 stars)

— Greg Kot, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 11/27/11

“…Siamese Dream‘s songs don’t blend into each other, but some transitions exist; each stands out in a brilliant sequence, forming perhaps the best concept album they ever made.” 10-out-of-10 rating

–Ned RaggettPITCHFORK.COM, 11/28/11!/billy


Posted in Releases with tags , , , , on March 18, 2011 by Randy


THE SMASHING PUMPKINS released their ninth free track “Lightning Strikes” on Thursday, March 17. It will first be available for 24 hours at, where it can be downloaded at  Then starting Friday, March 18, it will be available for free download at; the site also offers a widget enabling fans to host the song anywhere on the web.  Pumpkins leader BILLY CORGAN says the song is “dedicated with affection to Mark Tulin…and all our great Japanese fans who are in our prayers.”  Mark Tulin, the bassist and founding member of the pioneering psych-rockers the Electric Prunes, died last month. Tulin played in the Pumpkins and appears on tracks from the band’s Teargarden By Kaleidyscope work.  He also toured with Corgan in the band Spirits In the Sky in2009.

“Lightning Strikes” is now the ninth song to be offered to fans via free download.  It is from the Pumpkins’ Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, an in-progress 44-song work. Since December 2009, the band has been releasing one song at a time for free, with eight of the songs also available on two physical EPs that were released in 2010.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINSsinger/guitarist BILLY CORGAN, guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist NICOLE FIORENTINO–recorded“Lightning Strikes,” says CORGAN, “by all the members of the band after we came off our last tour” at the end of 2010.  “I feel this song organically hints at new directions without being forced.”

“Lightning Strikes” has an interesting back story. Explains CORGAN: “It was supposed to be more of a fun thing, a song originally written for the Electric Prunes. But I found an element in it that suggested a bigger picture, and unfortunately I stole it back from them. The lyric in my mind combines the isolation of modern life with the need for a never ending romantic story.”

For CORGAN, the process of releasing music one song at a time “has inspired me to treat each song as its own thought as opposed to a collective mentality where songs need to fit together. It has definitely helped me to focus, and pay more attention to what I’m trying to say with each release.”

In 2010, the Pumpkins performed three runs of dates in the U.S. plus shows in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Asked about the band’s touring plans for 2011, CORGAN says: “We had no plans of going on the road this year, but now we may go to Europe in the fall, and if that happens, we’ll play a few select dates in America.”

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