By now it's been reported just about everywhere that Billy Corgan has announced his plans to reform his old band and make a new Smashing Pumpkins album. The band's official site currently states:
"It's official, The Smashing Pumpkins are currently writing songs for their upcoming album, their first since 2000. No release date has yet been set, but the band plans to begin recording this summer."
However, listeners who were around for Corgan's last two projects (Zwan and that horrifying solo album) are more than a little apprehensive about the news. As with many people, the Pumpkins were a staple in the soundtrack of my life during high school. I guess that's why I'm very torn about this news. On the one hand, it may be a great album that lives up to the incredible Pumpkins legacy of the 90s. On the other hand, er... Zwan and that solo album. Yeah...
To be fair, Machina and its internet-only sister album really didn't do much for me either. They sounded to me like a contrived attempt at recapturing the sound that made the Pumpkins famous. Adore may not have been a universal success, but I can at least admire it for going against the grain. A couple of brilliant tunes didn't hurt either.
Please, Billy. Don't let me down... Let me rock. Here is the original Pumpkins line-up covering Depeche Mode's "Never Let Me Down Again," as well as another kind of "out there" tune that's back by request. "Eye" was featured on the Lost Highway Soundtrack.
[mp3] Smashing Pumpkins - Never Let Me Down Again
[mp3] Smashing Pumpkins - Eye
* Buy For the Masses: A Tribute to Depeche Mode
* Buy Lost Highway Soundtrack