Smashing Pumpkins Might Make a Christmas Album, Says Billy Corgan


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Billy Corgan is in the holiday spirit, as he wants to do a Christmas record with the Smashing Pumpkins

Now that most of the original members of the Smashing Pumpkins are back together, would they ever consider doing a Christmas album? Speaking with USA Today, frontman Billy Corgan says that he’s actually considering doing an album of Christmas songs, which he plans to start toying around with when the band closes out its latest tour.

Seeing that Christmas is roughly a month away, would those holiday tunes come in time for this year’s festivities? Corgan answers by “I might try to use the Christmas spirit to put the record together in concept, even if we’re not ready to record it.” That answer is cryptic, in true Corgan fashion.

When asked whether the Christmas set would be covers or original tracks, Corgan replied, “It would be a mixture. I have released two Christmas songs, and I was thinking it would be nice to re-record those in the context of the record we would make.”

He added, “It would be probably lean more acoustic. I would think it’s a bit weird (to make) wild Christmas records. Although, I also like ‘Jingle Bell Rock,’ which is basically 1950s rockabilly. But I don’t know. When I think Christmas music, I tend to think something you want to put on and sit around the tree with the kids and not rock out to. I don’t see us doing a rocking-out Christmas album.”

The Smashing Pumpkins will close out their Shiny and Oh So Bright U.S. tour with a show Dec. 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles area. The group also just released a new album, “Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun,” last week. You won’t find any Christmas tunes on that set.

Anne Erickson
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