Before you get the wrong idea, we have nothing against Billy Corgan. As hit-or-miss and straight-up bonkers as his Smashing Pumpkins output has become in the A.Z. (After Zwan) era, you can’t blame a guy for trying to obliterate his alt-rock beginnings with nonsensical box sets, artisanal tea and an endless modular synth rendition of a nearly century-old German book about Buddhism. It beats the hell out of whatever Chris Cornell is doing this week.
Which brings us to the latest bit of news from the Pumpkins camp: We can expect an expanded version of Adore this summer, including remastered/mono versions of the original 1998 album, three discs of previously unreleased material, and a live DVD. Here’s Corgan’s take:
“One thing that might excite fans of the album is that we were able to go back and locate elements from the original sessions that were stored digitally, but never used; such as some of the brilliant work done by Bon Harris. In that fresh mixes have been commissioned, shedding new light on not only the songs hidden foundations, but their futuristic nature as well.”
As for the two new albums Corgan has promised us, he’s dutifully documenting the entire process as promised on the band’s blog. Recent updates have referenced everything from Gary Numan to the Scorpions, so the group’s next move should be … interesting. Revisit Adore‘s one indisputable jam in the meantime below: