Smashing Pumpkins: Singles Band

2008-12-11 by Flyboy | 48 Comments
In an interview by the Chicago Tribune, Billy Corgan stated that the band will most likely never record a full-length album again.

Talking about the bands latest album, Zeitgeist, Corgan revealed: "We're done with that. There is no point. People don't even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles, and skip over the rest. Our primary function now is to be a singles band that drives Pumpkins Inc through singles. We'll still be creative, but in a different form."

He also added comments on future touring: "We won't do shows like this anymore, where we try to draw a good crowd and balance the past with the present. We'll go small and do exactly what we want to do and stop playing catalog. We'll be like a new band that can't rely on old gimmicks. I'm not stupid. I want people to feel good about what we do. What we weren’t getting was excitement. We’re in the polarizing business. We don’t want a pat on the back: Good to have you back. We want a reaction, even if it’s a negative reaction."

For the full interview, visit:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-billy-corgan-1210dec10,0,6681423.story

Tagged: The Smashing Pumpkins

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Flyboy
December 12th 2008
395 Comments


Pretty stupid, if I may add.

ohcleverhansyou
December 12th 2008
885 Comments


My God, he's a revolutionary and an artist. In every sense of the word. Words.

Electric City
Emeritus
December 12th 2008
15760 Comments


twat

Athom
Emeritus
December 12th 2008
17242 Comments


Hey, Billy! Thanks for the heads up. Now I wont waste 50 bucks to see you overindulge your insatiable ego.

ohcleverhansyou
December 12th 2008
885 Comments


Really I can understand the desire not to be a greatest hits tour band and all. The rest is douchery, but that I can understand. I laughed at the bad marriage and seven bad girlfriends in a row thing. Seems maybe there's something wrong with him and not them...

Golgoroth
December 12th 2008
1084 Comments


Oh wow this is hilarious

Captain North
December 12th 2008
6793 Comments


He's got a point with the singles thing though. The vast majority of people do only listen to singles.

fireaboveicebelow
December 12th 2008
6832 Comments


I thought no one listened to zeitgeist because is was really bad

rasputin
December 12th 2008
14968 Comments


Billy Corgan

Fort23
December 12th 2008
3073 Comments


he is getting fucking wierd

renegadestrings
December 12th 2008
1529 Comments


... no

rotterdog
December 12th 2008
489 Comments


getting? He's been like this since Adore.


OffTheRadar
December 12th 2008
102 Comments


lol Billy.

CreamCrazy
December 12th 2008
733 Comments


I was gonna post this, but it looks like someone beat me to it ^_^;

I personally think the no more studio albums thing is a bad thing. Unlike what Billy says about people who had it. I LISTENED to Zeitgeist, & I loved it, I still do love it. I understand many on & off SP fans only get into the singles, but many of the hardcore SP fans (like me) like listening to more than that & love listening to the many different songs SP albums have in them

tables
December 12th 2008
127 Comments


tl;dr bawwwwwww some people don't listen to everything i make

Flyboy
December 12th 2008
395 Comments


That's what I said. He is basically alienating his loyal fans and only pleasing the mainstream radio fans. Pretty f'ed up, man.

DoctorNurse
December 12th 2008
475 Comments


I remember Muse saying at somepoint last year that they were considering being a 'singles' band. What a terrible idea.This Message Edited On 12.11.08

Oblivioncry
December 12th 2008
602 Comments


so playing some of their best song live on stage for people who supported them and pay money to see them live is a bad thing??

people only listen to single's.....maybe some, but FANS who you are screwing with are listening to the whole damn thing...thsoe who appreciate music and artists listen to the whole thing.

its ok if you dont want to make albums anymore, but just singles??? atleast something like thrice, EP collection, that is spread over the year or so....

well, i really cant understand what his actual MASTERPLAN behind being a douchebag is???


CrazyFool84
December 12th 2008
1083 Comments


Yeah, wow, nice way to alienate your actual fans Corgan. *Cough* (more of a) sellout *cough*

Gore
December 12th 2008
349 Comments


No one listened to Zeitgeist because it ****ing sucked!

DruggieDougie
December 12th 2008
185 Comments


Wow, this is crazy. I just gained a little bit of respect for Billy Corgan.
But Cream has an excellent point. I'm not a huge fan of SP, but if I was, I'd be pissed. I'm just one of those people that like only a couple of their songs. Sorry.This Message Edited On 12.11.08

Duderino
December 12th 2008
830 Comments


The last two sentences almost suggest that he gives a fuck about integrity

ohcleverhansyou
December 12th 2008
885 Comments


What? He cares about integrity. That's why he has so little, because he cares about it so much.

Burning_October
December 12th 2008
162 Comments


I'm interested to see what comes of this. If it gives us material faster, then i'm all for it I guess.

By the way, why is everyone hating on The Smashing Pumpkins? There seems to be this rule on this website that if a band releases one bad album, then they suck. Like with Muse, they really two amazing albums (Origin of Symmetry and Absolution), then they released one mediocre one and now everyone hates them.

red0
December 12th 2008
248 Comments


Do y'all still take Billy seriously, with anything he says?

Lawl. We'll have that double concept album by the end of the 2009, guaranteed.

Oh, and Billy, we didn't listen to Zeitgeist because your VOCALS SUCKED.



Curse.
December 12th 2008
8072 Comments


Burning october, I hate everything by the Smashing Pumpkins, probably because Billy Corgan and thinks everything that he shits is gold.

He is such an egotistical douche


withintention
December 12th 2008
297 Comments


you guys are fucking morons, cliche sputnik ego is far far worse

Chewie
December 12th 2008
4541 Comments


you're surprised?^

Asiatic667
December 12th 2008
4651 Comments


I've never heard zeitgeist, and I probably never will. Lucky for me I only just got into the pumpkins this year, so I'm able to discover all thier great old stuff like it's brand new

AlexTM510
December 12th 2008
1461 Comments


i actually thought zeitgeist wasnt terrible. Wasnt like super awesome but i thought it was pretty decent.

though this singles idea is provoking my reaction-a bad idea.

everything post-zeitgeist has been absolute garbage

Asiatic667
December 12th 2008
4651 Comments


^
That's what I hear, so that's why I'm glad I'm only now getting into the old stuff

Spamue1G
December 12th 2008
1291 Comments


Burning October - Very few people here hate Muse. I'm one of the people who think that BHaR is actually better than Absolution (I don't even like Absolution if I'm honest), but even those who don't agree with me mostly don't hate them.
The reasons that people hate Smashing Pumpkins are (largely):
1. Billy Corgan is a douche.
2. Zeitgeist suggests that there may actually be no more decent material from them in the future.
3. The news article reinforces both of the above points.

red0
December 12th 2008
248 Comments


Um, yeah, American Gothic sucked.

But SuperChrist, GLOW (to a very lesser extent) are steps in the right direction. The newer stuff they are playing live is excellent, old Pumpkins quality (As Rome Burns, Owata, A Song for a Son), etc.

rebb
December 12th 2008
51 Comments



the band will most likely never record a full-length album again.

There is a god!

Our primary function now is to be a singles band that drives Pumpkins Inc through singles. We'll still be creative, but in a different form."

Well, maybe not...

red0
December 12th 2008
248 Comments


OMG its cool to hate the Pumpkins because Zeitgeist sucked OMG

Burning_October
December 12th 2008
162 Comments


Spamue: I thought that everyone hated Muse because on the recent news item where they were talking about their new album, everyone posted saying that it was going to suck.

Anyway, I have to say I really hate Superchrist. GLOW is okay.

PuddleSwimmer
December 13th 2008
1457 Comments


The hell is everyone obsessed with calling people egotistical?

Maybe you should read almost every single post on this website if you want egotistical

red0
December 13th 2008
248 Comments


Yeah, exactly.

YOU DON'T LIKE THRICE?

YOU MUST LIKE LIMP BIZKIT!

Curse.
December 13th 2008
8072 Comments


I also love how he called it pumpkins Inc

ratcfc
December 13th 2008
28 Comments


It is funny to me that Corgan is waxing poetic about staying true etc. This whole new SP thing is more about him making a quick buck than anything else. If really wants to keep it real, then maybe he should retire the SP name once and for all and pursue his self indulgence under his own or another name.

The notion that nobody listens to albums is nonsense. Of course they bloody do. There were always people who only cared about singles or Top 40 tracks and there always will be. There also will always be music lovers who want a body of music from the artist. Corgan is just being a self serving dick with those comments. U dont wanna play music much anymore? fine thats cool. Be honest about it and don't insult our intelligence.

Zeitgeist was terrible. Corgan has become jaded artistically and he knows it.

HailToTheThief
December 13th 2008
144 Comments


Good to see so many people still care about the Pumpkins lol


red0
December 13th 2008
248 Comments


Why the fuck can't he use his OWN band NAME for his OWN musical endeavors? It's obvious no body cared about his other stuff under different names, and him taking back the name was out of desperation-but HE is THE FUCKING SMASHING PUMPKINS. So it doesn't really matter WTF name he uses. It's his band dumbshit.



ratcfc
December 13th 2008
28 Comments


He can do whatever he wants, but my point is that the Pumpkins died a while ago and he and the others moved on. Rekindling the name now is clearly about money, as is releasing 4 different copies with 4 different bonus tracks. It is hard to take his musings about artistic integrity et al given these circumstances. Dumbshit? are you 10 years old?

NebSnurb
December 14th 2008
535 Comments


Looks like Billy Corgan doesnt play for music anymore.

industrialjunkie92
December 15th 2008
167 Comments


Basically, this means that they've sellouts (if they wern't so already). I hate people like this who just think of music as a business. As long as the music they make is good (preferably, albums) I don't really care tbh. Did like Zeitgeist tho

AKid2
December 18th 2008
16 Comments


Zeitgeist had its moments, but on the whole, I wasn't a fan. Billy C has never had a voice, but now he's lost whatever feeling he had back in the Siamese Dream days.

BTW, I hope that when people say that SP minus James and D'arcy != SP, they are suggesting some kind of emotional thing between the band. Musically, D'arcy brought very little, and James, although Billy let him do a thing now and then just to appease him, also didn't bring too much. SP is I'd say 85% musically intact with Billy and Jimmy.

He's persistent, for a bald guy, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him turn out a few more good tunes, before his time is up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu3jh91rCiY


jacelynnn311
December 22nd 2008
6 Comments


Billy will do anything and make it work. Don't sit there and be like "well that is so stupid!". He is tired of all the stupid 13 years olds buying the album and listening to the singles but not the raw talent on the album. The singles are only supposed to draw you in to the rest of the album.

HUMGUY009
December 23rd 2008
35 Comments


I'd rather he make singles like he said than make more albums where billy wont feel that its really worth it. People expect bands like the pumpkins to keep releasing new material like their old stuff, but judging by the interview it sounds like hes just not inspired anymore.This Message Edited On 12.23.08



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