I don't think the issue of the faculty of the Pumpkins is as important as the content. Since Smashing Pumpkins make music, I think a lot of fans are truly asking for the old sound, the old compositions to the same caliber. Some figure that certain personnel mesh better and make better art together, though Pumpkins fans should know about how difficult it was to control D'arcy, Jimmy and James during the Siamese Dream-Mellon Collie era (the peak).
Honestly, after hearing Zeitgeist, I have to say that the formula sounds a bit too tried and true, too McPumpkins. The songs don't have anywhere near the resonance, be it musically or lyrically. The production doesn't even sound as solid, either. Now, we all know that the starving and hungry are generally more desperate and emotional than the successful; it's just a fact that luxury softens the intensity of humanity.
Maybe that's the reality of stardom: you work your ass off to get to a certain plane, but since you work so hard to get there, every other bit of work afterward will remain a footnote comparatively.
(I wish Zwan would have worked out; musically it was very refreshing).
Agreed -- I don't think it's the old band or even the old style that people are looking for, but the caliber, as you say, of the SD/MCIS-era music. But (again, to reiterate what you've already said) I've noticed the same trend in many other bands as well: with time, the music becomes more polished, but also less visceral, less spontaneous, less real. It starts to sound more manufactured and formulaic, and even if in some cases it's technically better, it just doesn't have the same attraction.
I do like Zeitgeist, and I hope to like whatever Billy puts out next, too, but I think it would be hard for him to do anything now that would compare to what he did in the early nineties, simply because his situation is so different and, I'm afraid, less conducive to the kinds of passions we loved to hear in his early music.
Why do you want to get back to where you started Billy? It's kinda tough for you to walk forward when it seems all you're doing is looking backwards.
Awesome! SP by any other name would still be SP, but I'm glad you're committed to the name.
Wow, who made your icon *blink*
Love and light to you Billy, always. :)
Thank you i am awaiting all things from SP and yourself , over the years your music has always been a very important part of my life.
And appears in many of my best and worst memories it has been a comfort, a bright spark in an otherwise dull day and something to lose myself in.
Reading your blogs reminded me why SP is my most loved music. Your honest writing is most refreshing! Thank you for always giving me hope.
2009-07-19 09:42 am (UTC)
Your subtle references about MJ on your twitter page were a little ignorant don't you think? Perhaps innocent until proven guilty (And he was proven NOT GUILTY) doesn't exist in your little world? Sad.
Am I the only one who thought Adore was one of the best albums ever? Seriously, "Blank Page" is amazing.
The guy 'Supervajra' do have a lot of guts.
Your words Billy are words of comfort, and words like these takes me to new realms.
I started my dream with you in 1995, and I will forever be under your wings.
2009-09-30 01:06 pm (UTC)
There was no other way for me to reach you. Any way the address i´ve presented will only be mine for yet another month. I don´t want to use the internet, i want to wright a proper letter and send it. I wan´t to get away from these neon lights, i think it´s more appropriate to send it the old-fasioned way. So please send me an ordinary letter with your address so i can send you a reply. Lots of love Cecilija Lidberg
2010-03-13 03:26 am (UTC)
...barn’s burnt down…now I can see the moon. ~ Masahide
The greatest thing you've said is that you are HAPPY. Keep the light Billy, and don't read any more comments! ;-D
...barn’s burnt down…now I can see the moon.
2010-03-30 06:47 am (UTC)
I'm sure this is something you've heard a million times already, but I still want you to know, nothing can change the warmth, joy, and comfort given to me through your music during the loneliest, most uncertain years of my life. Having the courage to pour your heart into those songs and express your deepest, most personal feelings without apology gave me and many others the courage to accept and believe in ourselves. Also, knowing you came from a similar background in a town not far from mine gave me a role model and some kind of much needed father/big brother figure; a local (guitar) hero! We may not know each other, but you remain an important figure in my development as an early teen and as a guitarist. My sense of melody and harmony is permanantly imbued with that signature Corgan flair.
Anyway, my point is that no matter whether the critics are with you or not, if you're headlining the Rosemont Horizon (R.I.P.), or playing at a bar, none of that has any bearing on what you've done for us by having the courage to follow your heart and express yourself the way you really are. Thank YOU, Billy Corgan.