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Goodies – Extras With Your Smashing Pumpkins

2013.03.04

Article by Debby Rosin Smashing Pumpkins have released music in several different formats: vinyl, cassette, CD, mini-disc, and, more recently, in multiple digital formats. With these releases we have seen some stunning artwork, booklets, box-sets and other creative packaging. On a few occasions there have been additional items to promote a release in a record store or added by the band/artist to make the release more unique and collectable. This article will discuss some of these items. If you have a unique item that was part of an official release and it is not described here, please let the SPfreaks

A Beginner’s Guide to The Smashing Pumpkins

2013.02.25

Article written by Mike Nunn About one and a half years ago I got word that Smashing Pumpkins were going to be touring and playing a show in my hometown. A friend of mine seemed overjoyed at this news and was eager for us both to get tickets. The Pumpkins were a band I had heard of, but my knowledge of their music stretched no further than the two songs they had on the game Guitar Hero, that I loved. So as a lover of music and the live experience, I took it upon myself to get a ticket and

Smashing Soundtracks

2013.02.11

Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah From the visually arresting images of “Tonight, Tonight” to the avant-garde “Stand Inside Your Love,” songs by The Smashing Pumpkins have always been accompanied by groundbreaking music videos, demonstrating the band’s propensity for weaving stunning imagery and sound together for an enduring cinematic experience. Not surprisingly, the visceral music of The Smashing Pumpkins translates well into the big screen – after all, the band’s penchant for compelling lyrics and innate arcane appeal make great ingredients for cinematic scoring. From the obscure to the mainstream, the following are a range of diverse films that The Smashing

For Those Who Didn’t Buy (yet) Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Deluxe

2013.02.09

Review by Jeff Becker from The Way That He Sings Other Smashing Pumpkins reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins – live in St. Louis – October 18, 2012 The Smashing Pumpkins – live in Milwaukee – Sept 30, 2012 Oceania album The Smashing Pumpkins -live in Milwaukee in 2011 Article on the brief Machina 2 sale last year on eBay Please Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheWayThatHeSings Billy Corgan’s magnum opus. “Faster than the speed of sound. Faster than we thought we’d go.  Beneath the sound of hope.” from ‘1979’ The overall release of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is scored a 9.5/10 CD1

Smashing Pumpkins and The Frogs: A Brief History

2013.02.05

Article by Arthur van Pelt For today’s article we will put the spotlight on The Frogs, or more accurately, on the two brothers, Dennis and Jimmy Flemion, who founded the band.  Since it is a little over half a year ago that Dennis Flemion passed away at the age of 57, we thought it would be appropriate to honor the many years that Smashing Pumpkins and The Frogs joined forces.  From one of the ‘Collecting to the Extreme’ episodes we know that the Flemion brothers did additional vocals on “To Sheila” and “Behold! The Night Mare” on the Adore album, but in

For Those Who Didn’t Buy (yet) Pisces Iscariot Deluxe

2013.02.02

Review by Jeff Becker from The Way That He Sings The hidden gem of the Pumpkins official catalog.  Lost in the dream-world trifecta of Gish, Siamese Dream and Mellon collie and the Infinite Sadness is Pisces Iscariot.  So where does it stand among the real Pumpkins’ albums?   Just a mix tape from Billy, or so much more? Other Smashing Pumpkins reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins – live in St. Louis – October 18, 2012 The Smashing Pumpkins – live in Milwaukee – Sept 30, 2012 Oceania album The Smashing Pumpkins -live in Milwaukee in 2011 Article on the brief Machina 2

Siamese Dream Limited Edition Wooden Box

2013.01.30

Article by Geo Folkers Considered by many to be one of the best albums ever made, The Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream was released on July 27, 1993 on Virgin Records. The album has sold over 6 million copies worldwide and continues to influence many bands and dreamers alike. During 1995-1996, a limited edition Siamese Dream wooden box appeared on the market. The box was limited to 1000 copies and was sold at Tower Records in Chicago, amongst other record shops. The item was a big hit, with eBay auctions routinely selling in the $400 range; for hard core collectors it

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 10

2013.01.23

Article by Arthur van Pelt and Vaughn Bayley We have reached episode 10 of this series focusing on the rare and unique.  Still enjoying it, dear readers?  Because we are!  There is so much to find in the worldwide memorabilia archives of Smashing Pumpkins, it is almost unbelievable.  And when it comes to describing it and giving it context in the musical history of an alternative rock band that has already been around for 25 years, it is a great honor.  Wait!  Did we say 25 years?  We did, didn’t we?  Why didn’t we see a celebration of that remarkable feat?