Smashing Pumpkins Might Record Two New Albums Simultaneously

Billy Corgan considers doubling the amount of work in the studio.

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Less than three weeks ago, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has officially announced the beginning of the new record writing process. And it seems that it's going very well, as the band is already considering the recording of not one, but two new albums.

During a recent interview on 93 XRT radio station, the frontman started off with a light chat about the current state of the Chicago Cubs saying that the team is in for a "weird year." The discussion then turned towards the new Smashing Pumpkins material and the group's 25th anniversary.

"We're back in the studio, and were talking about doing two records simultaneously. It's going to be the 25th anniversary of the Smashing Pumpkins, and we might play at the Metro to celebrate."

According to Corgan, one of the albums would be "focused on the world that needs everything to be perfect," while the other one "would be more raw and done the old way." As for the anniversary concert the frontman mentioned, the Chicago's Metro venue represents a special place for the band, since it was the location of their very first performance as the original four-piece on October 5, 1988. The latest Smashing Pumpkins record, "Oceania," saw it's release in June 2012 via EMI/Martha's Music. With 54,000 copies sold within the first week, it debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.

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    Wow, it might be a cool idea: recording two albums - for fans and for musical growth - at the same time.
    Wow, so many bands doing double albums or two disc releases lately. Soilwork, Coheed and Cambria, Stone Sour, Baroness, now Smashing Pumpkins! Completely fine though, all of them I've heard have been great and it means more music!
    as long as there is the trademark Corgan wall of big-muff it will be good, just wish they'd get Jimmy back, he's one of the best rock drummers ever.
    I know the guy who currently drums for them and he's awesome both as a person and as a drummer. Not saying he's as good as Jimmy but he's pretty ****ing good.
    He's a good drummer and I don't really have any problems with his playing. But, apparently a lot of fans are taken back by the fact that he doesn't play the exact parts that Jimmy played. IDK...
    Different drummer warrants different parts, IMO. He can't just pretend to be Jimmy.
    it's mainly that geek usa is my favorite Smashing Pumpkins song and nobody can do those snare rolls in the guitar solo like Jimmy. But the new guy is definitely good.
    Third Eye- You're right, to the EXACT(IDK if that phrase is proper but, ehh). If I joined an existing band with parts that I had to stick by, I would throw in my own style whilst keeping its original vibe.
    Like I Is
    That's an ambitious statement. I hope it pans out! Looking forward to the finished product(s). And Justin, their last album was #4 on Billboard and #1 on the Independant Albums chart. Not exactly an irrelevant achievement, especially for an artist who's been around for more than 20 years.
    He needs to quit making these kinds of statements. I mean ambition is fine and all, but remember when he said he was going to release 44 songs online for free as multiple EPs at a time? (Teargarden by Kaleidoscope, I believe it was called). Then he said Oceania was going to be the 'middle part' and then he would go back to releasing the EPs to complete Teargarden. Now he's like totally abandoned that and moved on to a different project.
    another reason why I don't like Billy Corgan anymore. He makes these statements that never come true. I'll never forget the "I want my band back" when he announced the return of the Smashing Pumpkins. Well you didn't get your band back, you hired new musicians. That's getting a NEW band, not your previous band back.
    i thought they were still writing songs for that 40 song kaleidoscope album?
    That is an ongoing project, I believe. And I have high hopes for these two new albums. At least one of them is bound to be good, or at least better than the other.
    Yea, technically they are I think. Though I think it's kind of an obligation right now haha, so they'll put these albums towards that I guess. I feel like billy has changed a lot since the beginning of that, and the new band has grown too, so maybe that's not really their goal anymore.
    This sounds great. As i'm too young to have experienced the Pumpkins' heyday of the 90's, seeing Corgan on a songwriting spree akin to that of the Mellon Collie era is especially exciting. Just hope he can maintain (or improve on) the quality of Oceania.
    You really can't compare the Pumpkins to GN'R. Billy Corgan IS the band, he wrote and arranged virtually every single song that they've done. GN'R, in the meantime, is completely different, because they were never just Axl Rose, they were the product of 5 kickass rock musicians.
    You idiots, Billy Corgan IS the Smashing Pumpkins! Just like how Dave Mustaine is Megadeth.
    I think you're overstating it just a wee bit (Jimmy Chamberlain is a huge part of their sound and Darcy's back up vocals complement Billy's nasal sound perfectly. Think of Layne Staley without Jerry Cantrell. Now imagine Layne Staley sucks at singing). But, even if you are correct and Billy IS the Pumpkins, he unfortunately lost his mojo right around the time the old line-up broke up. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he changed producers after Mellon Collie. Butch Vig did Gish and Siamese Dream, then the Flood dude did M.C. Who produced the rest of the albums? Maybe that's part of the problem. Adore was sort of ok, I guess, but... Perhaps he should reunite with Vig. Unfortunately, I get the sense that--much like Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose--Billy wants to get out from under the shadow of the people who helped him become who he is and prove to the world the he is the REAL reason for everyone's success, hence switching producers from Butch "I only know how to produce one way" Vig.
    But Dave Mustaine has never opened a concert with "WELCOME TO THE LAST MEGADETH CONCERT", called it quits for a decade, and then when his second band, or his solo project don't pan out, go back to calling his music Megadeth. Billy Corgan did that. He quit, and ten years later said "I want my band back", but instead of getting his band back, he just hired other musicians. This is not the Smashing Pumpkins. Replacing a majority of members is not the same band, and will not be the same music. If he was so talented, and amazing, then why did his success not match the likes of other musicians turned solo artist? He called his music Zwan, his band fell apart (probably because he's not a nice guy), and his solo project got less attention than Zwan. He needed to do something to make people listen to his music again, so he picked his gimmick and now all of a sudden he's a musical genius again? I'm not that easily swayed by mediocre rock.
    Smashing Pumpkins is just one of those bands that can get away with just having one original member (like Motorhead can get away with just having Lemmy). Although I do kind of miss Jimmy Chamberlain (but Mike's quite awesome too). To be honest I thought Oceania sounded like a natural progression of the Pumpkins sound. I've never been an absolute diehard pumpkins fan. Maybe that makes me just enjoy whatever they put out without getting butthurt about anything.
    Oceania is a great album by Pumpkins standards and the best to be released since MCIS. I've had a love/hate/love relationship with the "band" er, Billy. I've been to some great shows, and seen the 15 minute kazoo solo as well... Most recently they have been really good live. It's a cool idea and it'll likely close out the Teargarden Project as well.
    I concur...Oceania hit the mark...awesome...Billy Corgan seems to be in a creative flow at this point...can't wait for what's next...
    He should bury the hatchet with James and D'arcy. Only then that anniversary will be meaningful.
    it's true, if you got married, and 10 years later you got divorced, and then another 10 years went by, and you got remarried, you would be celebrating your 5th anniversary with your new spouse, not your 25th anniversary with your previous spouse.
    I can only assume that these two albums will basically finish up the Teargarden saga? Oceania was said to be part of that 44-song project, so including those first three EP's, we're up to almost 25 songs, and 2 albums would probably finish the other 19 songs.....either way, still excited
    The last time The Smashing Pumpkins released an album that was decent was Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. That album marked the beginning of the end for the Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan wasn't making any kind of waves in the music industry with his solo project, or his post Pumpkins band Zwan, so he started calling his new music The Smashing Pumpkins again. Now he's just making the old music better by making his new music unbearable.
    Like I Is
    The Smashing Pumpkins has always been the Billy Corgan Experience. The music has moved on since 1995. Have you?
    why should I move past 1995? Adore = Asnore, Machina was decent, but it was obviously the last gasp of The Smashing Pumpkins corpse because it was announced as the last album. The band had grown bitter of each other so they went their separate ways. This "new" Smashing Pumpkins is the "new" Guns N' Roses with better reviews. Still a poor imitation of its predecessor.
    I think Adore is underrated
    I like how no one has a decent argument, other than the thumbs down. How is this band any different from Guns N' Roses? It's one original member, touring on very different music, using the same name. I might have more respect if he didn't use the good name of the Smashing Pumpkins to put out mediocre radio friendly rock.
    Look, if it isn't another folk who thinks Smashing Pumpkins was not all about Corgan since day one!
    Besides, Nicole Fiorentino is so hot. What's not to love about the new Pumpkins, really?
    the time I saw "The Smashing Pumpkins" do a hippie dance with tambourines for 15 minutes. That's what's not to love.
    Unlucky the last TWO times i saw them they played for over 3 hours of old and new stuff.All the way from gish to zeitgeist [which was the latest album at that point].Heres a link to the setlist if your intrested.
    They played Drown at that show? That would make it worth it to me based on that song alone... one of my favorites
    Yeah they played drown.Was well chuffed when they played it along with my personal favourites porcelina and behold!the nightmare.
    I payed 50 bucks for a ticket at a place called Playhouse Square. It was right after Zeitgeist had gotten released. It was awful, the venue was wrong. It was all assigned seating (no open floor), Billy Corgan's guitar tone sounded like his guitar should have had "first act" printed on the headstock, and right before they played the last song (Today, the only song they played that was recorded before the break-up) everyone in the band put their guitars down, and picked up tambourines and proceeded to flail around the stage while the theater just sat there just staring at the chaos unfolding with tambourines. So tell me, you've just seen one of your biggest influences on the guitar, put down his instrument so he could pretend to be a gypsy, wouldn't you be disappointed?
    James Iha and Billy Corgan started the band TOGETHER. So it wasn't just about Billy Corgan since day one.
    Yeah yeah, sure, The "real" Smashing Pumpkins died before Billy's solo stuff and now he's just using their name for his new shit yada yada yada...honestly, what are you even doing on this article?
    trolling and instigating a debate, without debate this site would be just a bunch of thumbs ups, opinions whether they be in line with yours are still just that.