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Album of the week

Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins was considered "one of the most anticipated albums of 1998". Recording proved to be a challenge as the band struggled with both personal and interpersonal problems and the departure of Jimmy Chamberlin. While the resulting electronic sound divided some fans, it gained an immense cult following and was praised by critics. Adore went Platinum in the US and 2× Platinum in Canada. It was the band's third straight album to be nominated for a Grammy, peaking at #1 in five countries and #2 on the Billboard 200. A remastered and expanded version of the album was released in September 2014.

Song of the day

"Celebrity Skin" is the lead single from Hole's album of the same name. The song was co-written by Courtney Love, Billy Corgan, and guitarist Eric Erlandson. It is Hole's most commercially successful single, being the only one to reach number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. Love sang the song with The Smashing Pumpkins at the 30th Anniversary Show in New Jersey. During banter before and after the performance, Love praises Corgan for his insistence to pursue the song, calling him a career-maker, screaming "BILLY'S ALWAYS RIGHT!".

Did you know...

  • ...that the original concept for the "Tonight, Tonight" video was for a Busby Berkeley theme, with "people diving into champagne glasses", but Red Hot Chili Peppers did a similar video for "Aeroplane", almost identical to what the band wanted to do?
  • ...that The Smashing Pumpkins single "Untitled" was chosen to be the end credit song for Shrek, but the offer was withdrawn and given to Smash Mouth instead?
  • ...that Billy Corgan briefly worked with basketball superstar and rapper Shaquille O'Neal? Corgan began work on a track loosely inspired by Dr. Dre, but the collaboration fell through. The drumbeats that survived were used in "Eye", which appeared on the Lost Highway soundtrack.
  • ...that the In Ashes animated series was named after Sumerian Records CEO, Ash Avildsen? The joke was that by signing with Sumerian Records, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sumerian are "going to go up in flames … and end up in ashes."
  • ...that the renowned Gish guitar (stolen in 1991 and returned to Corgan 27 years later), was sold to Corgan by Jimmy Chamberlin, even though it wasn't his to sell?

In the news

February 21, 2024

  • Billy Corgan and the NWA announce a streaming deal with The CW which is to include a new unscripted, untitled series about Corgan’s life, family, role as President of NWA, and his 'day job'. The series will premier later this year.

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