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Album: Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania

June 24th, 2012

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Smashing Pumpkins
Oceania
Martha Music
18 June 2012

by Ryan Williams

When Smashing Pumpkins played London in 2011, the crowd was split. There were those who expected Smashing Pumpkins of old, playing ‘Mayonaise’ and ‘Today’ and there were the others who had resolved within themselves that Billy Corgan was the sole remaining member of the band and that Zwan wasn’t… that bad. The former left disappointed, having forgotten that the band originally left us in 2000 with a bizarre brace of albums that were disappointingly confused and a creative zenith in turn.

This is not a grunge band any more. It has not been for some time now. Get over it. Call them The Billy Corgan Band if you want. Claim the band’s legacy is disappearing up his arse if it helps. Ignore the fact Corgan appears to have been inspired by Isis in terms of naming songs and the album. Ignore it because it’s not really important. If you’re prepared to indulge the man’s psychedelic proto prog concept 100 per cent, this might all make sense to you.

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Smashing Pumpkins bassists just can’t seem to stay out of the news

February 18th, 2011

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After last week’s bizarro news about original Smashing Pumpkins bassist and former sexy thing, D’Arcy Wretzky ending up in gaol for letting her ponies go rampaging around town, this week sees current Pumpkins bassist and still very lovely, Nicole Fiorentino revealing to Billy Corgan that she was actually one of the little girls on the cover of Siamese Dream. SAY WHAT??

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Future Hits 028: Telegraphs

May 14th, 2009

Judging by their touring plans, Brighton’s Telegraphs have been clearly been doing the right things in front of the right people of late. We had a chat with delectable bassist, Hattie Williams about exactly what they’ve been up to.

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From: Brighton, UK
Sounds like: Billy Talent, Biffy Clyro, The Automatic
Website: www.MySpace.com/Telegraphs

Thrash Hits verdict: After working incredibly hard over the past couple of years, this Brighton mob have come along in leaps and bounds. Now, with some great tours ahead of them, theirs might be a name you start hearing a lot more of.

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Album: Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown

May 7th, 2009

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Green Day
21st Century Breakdown
Reprise Records
15 May 2009

by Raziq Rauf

While 2004’s 12 million-selling, generation-defining American Idiot was timed to perfection – released at the height of anti-Bush confusion – the appointment of the righteous and celebrated Barack Obama last year suggests Green Day should have much less to rally against.

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Smashing Pumpkins celebrate 20th anniversary

July 10th, 2008

The Smashing Pumpkins Thrash Hits Billy Corgan Dary Wretsky Jimmy Chamberlin James Iha

The Smashing Pumpkins are to celebrate their 20th anniversary later this year with a host of smaller-sized shows in August 2008 which promise to feature “unique sets and songs”, according to the band’s website.

The only confirmed date so far is on 9 August 2008 at The Venue in Hammond, Indiana but there are a few more to be announced. If you’re a Pumpkins fan that lives outside America and don’t have any frequent flyer miles readily available, you might want to try and forget you read this.

November 2008 will see some larger shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles among others (to be announced) before the Gish commemorative tour in early 2009 which will coincide with the release of a potentially brilliant boxset covering the 1987-92 era.

Watch the first video The Smashing Pumpkins ever made – ‘Siva’

The band actually wants your input to the boxset. They want your Smashing Pumpkins photos from that timeframe “before anyone can even remember a thing called grunge, digital cameras, or the internet”. Quite.

One question: does the fact that The Smashing Pumpkins were split up for almost six years mean that this is really only their 14th anniversary?

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