What seemed to be the end of the Smashing Pumpkins
back in May, after Billy Corgan announced the band's demise on LA's KROQ, has turned into the beginning of several Pumpkins projects. The band recently taped an episode of VH1's Storytellers
, which will air Nov. 4, launched a twenty-four-hour radio station of self-bootlegged Pumpkins material on www.smashingpumpkins.com
, and released a controversial video for the single "Try, Try, Try."
And finally, as Corgan promised when he announced the breakup, leftover material from the Machina/The Machines of God
sessions was released without announcement on Sept. 5. Billy Corgan's new label, Constantinople Records, printed up twenty-five vinyl pressings of the twenty-five-track release Machina II/Friends and Enemies of Modern Music
and sent them to select fans, presumably to be bootlegged. There are no plans for a CD release through the band's label, Virgin Records. However the unchosen majority who want to get their hands on the release can go to the Pumpkins fan club site, www.spifc.org
, to hear a new MP3 every day. The site also has plans to make the album available in CD and cassette form.
As for the album itself, it includes re-worked versions of Machina/The Machines of God
tracks "Heavy Metal Machine," "Try Try Try" and "Blue Skies Bring Tears." Also included is "Let Me Give the World to You," recently performed at the Storytellers
taping. Corgan told the audience that the track had been intended for release on 1998's Adore
and that he has been told since that it could have been the hit-single the album failed to yield.
Written by CHRISTINA SARACENO for RollingStone.com News