Billy Corgan Finds Treasure Trove of Old Smashing Pumpkins Material

2014-05-31

Story by Anne Erickson

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has stumbled upon tapes filled with music from 30 years ago

Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins are in the middle of writing and recording their new album, but in between all the jams, Corgan has stumbled upon a treasure trove of unreleased music. In a message posted on the Smashing Pumpkins’ official website, Corgan states, “I’m currently mulling the release of a ‘best of’ (which if you heard the stuff you know I’m joshing) of my many demos from 1985-1986… where a limited-edition vinyl edition will do for the right crowd.”

He added that he’s discovered about 60 tapes filled with music. “Guessing, and given the rights issues of what I own outright and isn’t related to others, I’d say there might be 10-15 albums worth of stuff,” he writes. “And there to my surprise on tape 3 of 60 (or so) there was a song idea (long forgotten) called ANALISE.”

“ANALISE” was an album that Corgan sold online and limited to just 500 copies, each autographed by the singer.

Corgan added that some of the material is “worth a chuckle or a nod” because of the experimental nature of it.

In other Pumpkins news, the recording of the band’s new album, “Monument to an Elegy,” is going along well. In the same web message, Corgan says bass lines were laid down for the album this week.




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