Okay, The Smashing Pumpkins were one of my favorites. In fact, during the Fall of 1993, they were probably my favorite band in the world. Their second LP, Siamese Dream, still sounds like a gift from God. It’s easily one of the greatest records of the 1990s and one of my all-time favorites. That album, and 1991’s Gish, are one of the best one-two punches in alt-rock (second maybe to Pearl Jam’s Ten and Vs.).
Anyway, I followed them all the way through. I felt their massive breakthrough, 1995’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, was great (though bloated). I felt 1998’s Adore was terrific, even if it disappointed the mainstream fanbase. Their final album, 2000’s MACHINA, is not bad but you can certainly hear the band’s last breath throughout. And, I continued to follow Billy Corgan, even through his next band, the one-album wonder Zwan.
Corgan has his solo debut, TheFutureEmbrace, arriving in stores this week. I’ll probably buy it, even though reviews have not been great. That’s how much I follow what Billy Corgan does. But, I must ask, what does Billy Corgan want now? He’s apparently taken out full-page ads this week in Chicago (his hometown) declaring things like: “I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams.”
Why is he doing this the same week his solo debut is out in stores? A publicity stunt? It’s a pretty odd one, if that’s the point. I personally hope the Pumpkins get back together if: 1. all original members are part of the lineup and 2. Corgan relaxes and starts singing again. The latter albums suffered from his decision to turn singing into hoarse screaming.
Here’s a full story from Billboard. In the meantime, we’re at the mercy of Billy Corgan’s bizarre decisions.