Fall-Winter 1994 – Sadlands

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Fall-Winter 1994 – Sadlands
Studio session of The Smashing Pumpkins
ArtistThe Smashing Pumpkins
AlbumMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, MCIS Demos I, MCIS Demos II, MCIS Demos III
FromSeptember 1994
ToDecember 1994
Producer(s)Billy Corgan

The Fall-Winter 1994 studio sessions at Sadlands (Billy Corgan's house) is where many Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness demos were first tracked. Upon completion of the Siamese Dream tour, Corgan began composing a new set of songs for the follow-up album, and recorded both solo acoustic and multi-tracked electric demos on his 8-track at his home. The album version of "Stumbleine" was taken from these tapes, as well as several of the "Tonight, Tonight" B-sides. While most of these demos were featured as bonus material on the 2012 Mellon Collie remaster box set, some remained unreleased and available on bootlegs Billy's Home Demos (which leaked in 1996) and MCIS Demos II (which leaked in 2000). An electric demo of "God" leaked on the MCIS Demos III demos bootleg.

The Smashing Pumpkins believe "celebrity breeds idiocy," and have learned to trust no one. "People can be real assholes," D'arcy hisses, brimming with venom. "Like the guy who stole those tapes from me - he was supposed to be my friend, well, my sister's boyfriend, actually. And he pretended like he was nice." Jimmy Chamberlin jokingly terms the situation "Pumpkingate," but adds that it was no laughing matter. "D'arcy's sister's boyfriend stole a bunch of our demo tapes from her house and sold them before the record was done. It was a huge soap opera - he sold 'em on the Internet, and it was pretty sophisticated." "These kids were not just kids," D'arcy continues. "They were like big-time, man - they were dealing drugs, selling guns, robbing people's houses, and apparently everybody knew but us. And when I find 'em..."[1]

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  1. Tom Lanham, "28 Reasons Why The Smashing Pumpkins Are Cooler Than a Bomb-Pop..." CMJ, December 1995