What it Means to be a Smashing Pumpkins Fan


Article written by guest writer Michael Berrios In 2000, my older brother introduced me to the music videos for The Everlasting Gaze, 1979, and Zero. I was 6 years old at the time and found the Pumpkins’ music both captivating and, as per Billy’s intense monologues in The Everlasting Gaze and Zero, simply awesome. In this account, I plan on expressing many of the frustrations (and praises) of Smashing Pumpkins fans, along with what it means to be one today. As a super fan that collects all the rarities, looks for the best 90s bootlegs (including Zeitgest-era SP to present), and travels […]

Looking for writers


Article by The SPfreaks Team SPfreaks.com needs your help to fill our new WordPress blog with articles. If possible, we want to get in touch with Smashing Pumpkins fans/writers, and see if they are willing to have their articles, after a little review and editing process, to be published on SPfreaks WordPress. Next to that, a few years ago, Smashing Pumpkins asked fans to cooperate in a writing contest, and several of those fans were chosen to write on behalf of SmashingPumpkins.com. Unfortunately, after a while, the setup of the website of the band was changed and the writers concept did […]

Manufacturing the Oceania vinyl – Interview with Stan Getz


Article written by guest writer Craig W. Stevens   The release of The Smashing Pumpkins new album, Oceania, has received the attention of the media press from Howard Stern to NPR to Rolling Stone. There are several ways to listen to the album. The Smashing Pumpkins official store has CD, vinyl and high-fidelity audio files available for purchase. People have expressed concern regarding perceived distortion and issues with the vinyl pressing of the album. I was curious about these perceived issues and contacted Stan Getz, whose company, A&R Record & Tape Mfg. Co., manufactured the vinyl. I explained to Getz […]

The Tower of Oceania


Article researched and written by Derek Miller, Geo Folkers & Arthur van Pelt Now, with the official release of the Oceania album today (though many of you have received it already a few days ago, lucky you!), it is time to reveal some information about the tower that dominates the front artwork of this latest Smashing Pumpkins album. It is named: the CARY AVENUE TOWER The Cary Avenue Tower is located in Highland Park, Illinois (US). It was built in 1931, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 30, 1983. The Cary Avenue Tower, with […]

SPRC establishes “The Lucky 13” Team


 Update by Arthur van Pelt Hot news from Crestfallen.com Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins has commissioned an intermediary team for the purpose of recommending upcoming Smashing Pumpkins Record Club (SPRC) releases. In conjunction with fan input, “The Lucky 13” team will review archival material, identify possible pricing models, and propose methods and formats of distribution for selected audio and video releases. The scope of archival material currently under consideration includes professionally taped or filmed live shows, soundboard recordings, unreleased songs, demos and alternate takes. Fan input is essential to this project. Here are three ways fans can contribute: 1. […]

The SPfreaks Team back on Twitter


Update by Arthur Van Pelt The SPfreaks Team was present on Twitter already for a while, but it never really jumped off. Since a few days some of our friends, mainly based in the U.S.A., are trying to revitalize The SPfreaks Team Twitter account, and we surely are very curious where this is going in the near future. So, to all tweeting Smashing Pumpkins fans: make sure you follow all SPfreaks Team updates on Twitter! Good luck, guys!

SP Record Club, OCEANIA Album & Tour News


Article written by Arthur van Pelt The hardcore fans, and also the average fans, will not have missed it: Smashing Pumpkins recently started the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club. Go to SmashingPumpkins.com to find out more. And don’t forget to search for the somewhat “hidden” download for another song, Geek U.S.A. – Suicide Kiss No Vox demo! Next to that, Billy Corgan just announced a few hours ago on Twitter that the new album is ready. “Oceania is done… I am so proud of this record, and this band”. In the meantime, the band also figured out a rather extensive US and EU […]

Tristessa Vinyl : No More Gray Area


Article written by Derek Miller In 1990, Smashing Pumpkins released their second single, Tristessa, on Sub Pop Records. In the United States, Tristessa was released as a 7” vinyl single. Sub Pop also released a German 12” version, which included an extra song, Honeyspider, not made available on the US pressing. The 7” vinyl was pressed in unusually high quantities. Mass production yielded an estimated total of 7,500 copies. This number is consistent with other singles pressed at the time; however, Sub Pop has only officially confirmed 2,500 color copies on pink vinyl. More importantly, three (3) prominent colors have surfaced […]

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