Above: the musician poses with his two cats for a Chicago magazine published recently.
By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
This week Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins posted news at the band’s official website about his working on an elaborate reissue of 2000′s Machina/The Machines Of God.As Stereogum points out, the album “had lots of conceptual trappings and was originally intended as a double-LP, but after Adore’s poor performance Virgin forced the Pumpkins to pare Machina down to a single disc. After the band broke up, Corgan rolled out an elaborate online marketing campaign including narrative writings called Glass And The Machines Of God, an alternate reality game, and eventually an album of unreleased material called Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.”
Some diminishing returns to be found in there, clearly, but at any rate diehard fans will still have some nice Machina redux to contend with in the near future. Wrote Corgan at the Pumpkins site,
“Looking forward to the eventual reissue of a restored and recompiled MACHINA, work has begun on transfers from the original 24 track tapes, as well as a host of select live shows. The effort will be unprecedented for Smashing Pumpkins et al, as Billy Corgan has indicated plans to put the album not only in it’s original and intended double/triple album sequence, but has designs on commissioning new remixes of all materials as well. The intention he says is clear: to present MACHINA in the original form in which it was written; or in his words, ‘as a theatrical narrative.’
Other possibilities of coalescing the story exist: including the addition of extant materials such acoustic alternates, re-contextualized soundtrack pieces, and use of spoken word to create an immersive experience.”
“I’m also not opposed to asking current artists to participate, singing songs as such on the compositions meant for other character’s voices,” Billy adds. “Finishing what the band started so long ago, and we just didn’t have the strength to end.”