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TheFutureEmbrace is the debut solo album by Billy Corgan. With shoegaze and electronic elements, it deviated from most of his previous work with The Smashing Pumpkins. Arrangements followed an unusual process of splitting melodies based on their pitch and programming synths around them. The album featured guests Emilie Autumn, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and Robert Smith of The Cure who sang on the Bee Gees cover "ToLoveSomebody". The album garnered positive critical attention, with the Alternative Press calling it "some of the most engaging music of his career".
"X.Y.U." is one of the heaviest songs from The Smashing Pumpkins' third studio album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The song was recorded in one take, live for the record with drum and vocal overdubs added later. The title means "Ex, Why You?", but is also a play on the spelling of Russian obscene word "хуй" (pronounced "hu:i") that is translated as "penis". Other versions of the song exists, such as "X.Y.U. (Take II)", and the extended "X.Y.U. Medley" performed on October 31, 1998 which bundled in teasers of "The Ethers Tragic", "Where Boys Fear to Tread" and "Never Say Never" (by Romeo Void).
- ...that "The Crying Tree of Mercury" had an online interactive music video directed by Billy Corgan that was released by MTV?
- ...that former drummer Mike Byrne played in a band called The Mercury Tree, which is the name of an old version of "The Crying Tree of Mercury"?
- ...that Zeitgeist was the first Smashing Pumpkins album Jimmy Chamberlin helped produce? Regarding the aggressive drumming, he said "the world is ready for something with some balls behind it."
- ...that a music video was recorded for "I Am One" in 1992, but because the band was unhappy with the results, it wasn't released until 2001 on the Greatest Hits Video Collection?
- ...that Gish was named after silent film icon Lillian Gish? In an interview, Corgan said his grandmother told him "one of the biggest things that ever happened was when Lillian Gish rode through town on a train".
November 20, 2023
- Madame ZuZu's announces a collaboration with Lola James Harper for what is evidently a Smashing Pumpkins candle, and possibly a new archive release.
November 18, 2023
- Madame ZuZu's announces the 2023 annual Winter Wonderland Christmas Show featuring Billy Corgan and friends for December 14 and December 15.
November 14, 2023
- The Smashing Pumpkins announce they will perform in Greece for the first time since 1998 as the last stop on the Europe 2024 tour.
November 14, 2023
- The Smashing Pumpkins announce they will be performing at the NOS Alive music festival in Portugal on July 11, 2024.
November 13, 2023
Today in history December 5
- Happy 60th birthday to the one and only Kerry Brown!
- 2014: Monuments to an Elegy was released in Europe (CD, 12")
- 2020: "Maison Atia" by Billy Corgan was released in Worldwide (Digital)
- 1998: "Celebrity Skin" peaked at #85 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart
- 2020: CYR peaked at #49 on the Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) chart
- 1993: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Newport Music Hall; Columbus, OH, US
- 1996: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Tingley Coliseum; Albuquerque, NM, US
- 1997: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Orange Bowl; Miami, FL, US – Matt Walker's last show
- 2002: (Zwan) The Joint (music venue); Las Vegas, NV, US
- 2008: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Ogden Theatre; Denver, CO, US
- 2010: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Verizon Wireless Theater; Houston, TX, US
- 2012: (James Iha) La Maroquinerie; Paris, FR
- 2014: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Maida Vale Studios; London, UK
- 2014: (The Smashing Pumpkins) KOKO (music venue); London, UK – Surprise guest appearance by Marilyn Manson, mending a longstanding rift with Corgan