Don’t worry; Tommy Lee isn’t singing on the new Smashing Pumpkins album Monument to an Elegy. The soon-to-be-former Mötley Crüe drummer (sorry, super fan Chuck Klosterman) did end up hopping behind a kit and hammering out the Bonham-like beats for all nine of the record’s songs, however.
“[The] songs sound epic in a way that is indescribable,” Corgan wrote on the band’s official site. “I guess I could toss off hyperbole after pronoun, but it would sell short what I like to call ‘Supersonic Pumpkins’; which is a descriptor in itself. Tommy hits the drums in a crushing manner, but as many fans know this is not without nuance or reaction; as he has a fantastic ear for music and plays with the songs in a means that only enhances excitement. The only other place I’ve heard this phenomena is with John Bonham of Led Zeppelin: where heavy drums can sound soft and expressive. Good company indeed!”
Yes, indeed. As long as the collaboration doesn’t sound like Methods of Mayhem or one of Lee’s “filthy, nasty electro-house” sets, we’re happy. And while the pairing seems way out of left field, Corgan insists he’s known Lee since he stopped by a Pumpkins show in 1991 and they’ve evolved in a similar way creatively. We’re not sure about that last part, but Papa Corgan has assured us all, “I wouldn’t have come to him with this proposition if I didn’t trust that this was something we’d both be proud of. So we expect to finish up the drums in a few weeks, seeing as we’re in a rush to get this stuff out and oh yeah, Tommy’s got this mega-Crue tour to do. Let me also add on a personal and public level that I’m truly excited, for there’s an excitement in the music that is vital and necessary; especially when you consider what’s dying on the vine out there. I believe this is soul music we’re making, and I’m proud of who I’m stuck in the foxhole with. Attack, attack, attack…”
You know what? It’s Friday, so why don’t we all sing this certified gem on the way out the door?