“‘The Everlasting Gaze’ started as a disco song. Its original title was ‘Disco King.’ And, it originally had something to do with mocking people on the dance floor. How it transitioned to what it became, I would say in its 6-7 incarnations, I’m not really sure. But I do know that somehow the riff never went away. If you can imagine that with a disco beat under it. Jimmy kinda plays a disco beat, with his tongue in his cheek. Yeah, it was orginally supposed to be a disco song.” (Machina Promo CD, 2000)
"It has a lot to do with spirituality and trying to find my place in the universe and sort of humbly accepting limitations and the things I’ve been graced with. It’s more of a humanistic world view. I’m not writing anymore for the tortured teen—both me and whoever was listening. I’m writing with the idea that everybody’s experiencing these things all the time, and even if they’re not experiencing them personally, they’re affected by them." -BC, Chicago Sun Times, April 2000
“This album is definitely me saying goodbye to what I consider my rock and roll. Whatever our little generation’s rock and roll was. I mean, it’s done, there’s no getting around it. You can try to recreate it, you can run it through more fuzz boxes, but it’s done. It’s time to move on.”—Billy Corgan on Adore. Guitar World. July 1998.
Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan is the latest star to speak out against the cruel practice of dehorning cattle. Billy is calling on California Pizza Kitchen to make the responsible and ethical decision to demand that its cheese suppliers stop this barbaric mutilation.
STREAM NEW ALBUM BY THE SMASHING PUMPKINS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE iTUNES STORE NOW!
STREAM NEW ALBUM BY THE SMASHING PUMPKINS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE iTUNES STORE NOW OCEANIA is the forthcoming album by THE SMASHING PUMPKINS. Intended to recapture the album experience, all 13 songs on OCEANIA will be premiered simultaneously to fans, radio, press and the online world. Forgoing the standard industry launch, the group purposely planned no single or video to be released prior to the full album. Starting today, Tuesday, June 12 at 12:00 AM ET, OCEANIA will be streamed for free in its entirety for one week exclusively on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). Fans will be able to pre-order the album all week leading up to the June 19 in-store date. OCEANIA was specially mastered to optimize digital sound quality for iTunes Store customers. The release comes via the band’s own Martha’s Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution. Listen to OCEANIA here: www.iTunes.com/SmashingPumpkins
Having his own label through EMI afforded PUMPKINS leader BILLY CORGAN the opportunity to try something different. It is a launch scenario that goes against industry standards by allowing the album to be heard as it was intended to be. The group’s release plan was in no way intended to slight radio stations, video channels, press or online outlets. Instead, it represents the artistic vision of a band who, says CORGAN, “was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single. The only way to make the case that every song on Oceania is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole.” OCEANIA was recorded at the group’s studio in Chicago with CORGAN’s bandmates: guitarist JEFF SCHROEDER, drummer MIKE BYRNE and bassist/vocalist NICOLE FIORENTINO. The powerful 13-song collection (see track listing below) was produced by Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud and mixed by David Bottrill (Muse, Tool, King Crimson, etc). Marking THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 7th studio record, it is “an album within an album,” part of their 44-song work-in-progress TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE.
“I’ve been adamant in stressing that as a group, first and foremost, we are here to make new music together,” says CORGAN. “I’m proud to say that on Oceania I feel we’ve cut our own path forward. Jeff, Mike, and Nicole have all made significant contributions to the tone and texture of Oceania, which is an album that is unlike any I’ve ever made. Yet at the same time I believe it upholds the same musical values I’ve always pushed for with The Pumpkins, be they progressive, emotional, epic, or restless.”