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Revisiting the Live Compilations No 3

2012.12.17

Compiled by Arthur van Pelt Hosting by Alberto “I don’t have to play by these rules or do these things… I can actually have my own kind of version.” (1) Between 2008 and 2010, SPfreaks put together 4 compilations of Smashing Pumpkins live songs and made these available as mp3s. In these months we present a run-down of them. #3 was originally posted on 2009.11.28. For all these live compilations, jewelcase artwork has been created. The artwork is included in the downloads. The booklets need to be printed @ 240 mm x 120 mm & folded to fit inside a

SPfreaks Contest Update – Your World of Mellon Collie

2012.12.16

Announcement by The SPfreaks Team December 15th was the deadline for the contest that we started on October 7th. We asked you to write an essay called “The World of Mellon Collie”, and add a decoupage set to the essay. The essay was to be between 1,000 and 2,500 words long. Members of the SPfreaks Team were not eligible to enter the contest. The contest has been highly anticipated since early October, and we noticed multiple positive responses on the Smashing Pumpkins forum, Twitter, and above all, Facebook. However, in the meantime we were unable to have a band member

Internet Killed the Video Star

2012.12.14

Article by Corenski Nowlan   I used to think that James Iha was a girl. There. I said it. Not a particularly attractive female but none the less not packing man parts. I was twelve (the highly hormonal age) when the music video for “Today” was playing in high rotation. James Iha’s cross dressing raised recess debates among the kids in my sixth grade class who were cool enough to watch Much Music (or were allowed to by their parents). In my defense, I was a notch above my classmates on the gender identification scale, because I did point out

Timid Steps in Charming Harmonious Balance

2012.12.12

As the guitarist for The Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha took his place on the stages of the largest concert halls and festivals in the world.  Following the break-up of the Chicago band in the year 2000, the guitarist returned to the public eye with A Perfect Circle, and lent his string-strumming skills and composition talents to the likes of Vanessa and the O’s and Tinted Windows.  It may now be fourteen years after his solo debut Let It Come Down, but the follow-up, Look to the Sky, has finally landed.  The album brings Iha to Europe for four concerts, among

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 6

Article by Arthur van Pelt This episode in the ‘Collecting to the Extreme’ series, as well as the two upcoming episodes, is all about very rare Smashing Pumpkins CDs pressed in very limited numbers.  Or, in the case of the combined Gish album releases from the 1990s, to be discussed later, they represent parts of rare CD collections from around the world.  We included this set of Gish CDs as an example of Extreme Collecting, since such a complete set of Gish CD releases is very hard to match for any serious Smashing Pumpkins collector. But prior to that, let’s

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 5

2012.12.05

Article by Arthur van Pelt It’s time to switch the focus of this overview of rarities to a more personal approach of extreme collecting, and we do that with an insightful interview with an American Smashing Pumpkins collector named Kyle. Because Kyle takes collecting memorabilia to the next level: he creates his own and unique art with Smashing Pumpkins-related items. Mixed Memorabilia, artfully framed Kyle his latest work of art, the white-framed piece on the right image above, is premiering here on SPfreaks as we speak. But we will also talk about the framed piece on the left, already posted in several places

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 4

2012.11.28

Article by Arthur van Pelt This week we will present a few more items that caught our attention when it comes to extreme collecting. We will go from video props to another extremely rare vinyl test pressing (after we put the spotlight already on a Filipina “Today” jukebox test pressing last week). And we will close today’s article with a one-of-kind Smashing Pumpkins sampler tape, still owned by the first person that received it. “Tonight, Tonight” video props When D’arcy Wretzky, former bass player of Smashing Pumpkins, was having a little garage sale on eBay earlier this year (selling some items like sales

Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 3

2012.11.21

Article by Arthur van Pelt And we’re back with more Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. But it doesn’t stop there… Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Billy Corgan’s test pressing CD set) When it comes to one-of-a-kind items, this is the real deal.  Created in 1995, it is the earliest known CD pressing of the then-forthcoming new Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  This test pressing of the album, mastered by Howie Weinberg (see also Lull 12” vinyl pressing plates section in the previous episode), was sent to Billy Corgan almost two months prior to the