The latest song to emerge from Smashing Pumpkins‘ upcoming album Monuments to an Elegy “was originally a folk song,” as Billy Corgan told NME. According to Corgan it was Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, who plays on every track of the December 9 release, who helped save “Drum + Fife” from its “almost dour Irish balladeer aspect.” As Corgan tells it, Lee tinkered with some beats on the computer and turned the song into the new-wavey number you can hear below.
Smashing Pumpkins have previously shared “Tiberius,” “Beige” and “One and All” off the new album. Corgan has said he also plans a second album, titled Day for Night, that will be related to Monuments to an Elegy. Now let’s all pause to admire that enthusiastic drummer boy, who, yes, is Corgan, reminding us it’s almost an appropriate time for Low‘s classic Christmas album.