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Oceania is the eighth studio album from The Smashing Pumpkins, released in June 2012. Produced by Billy Corgan and Bjorn Thorsrud, the album forms part of the band's 34-track project album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Corgan said the album is partly about "people struggling to find a social identity in today's fast-paced, technology-rich culture", adding "I think alienation seems to be the key theme – alienation in love and alienation in culture". The album peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Independent Albums chart. A live performance of the album, Oceania: Live in NYC, was released in September, 2013.
"Zero" is the third single from The Smashing Pumpkins's 1995 studio album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It was the first song written for the album. It charted at #1 in two countries, and in the top 50 in seven countries.
|“||We like to call this style of our music 'Cybermetal.' 'Zero' has six rhythm guitars, with two line-in 12-string acoustics, plus those wacky Iha leads. Tracked live with overdubs added later, this is a true mover as well as the first song that was recorded for Mellon Collie, James has always said this reminds him of Judas Priest.||”|
|— Billy Corgan, Guitar World, January 1997|
- ...that "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" was one of 165 songs strongly recommended to be pulled from radio following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks?
- ...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 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 original idea for the "Cherub Rock" music video was for the band to play for "metal kids", with angels swinging from ropes, and Billy Corgan dressed as Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th?
September 21, 2023
- The second HUF × Smashing Pumpkins collaboration goes live, offering iconic SP visuals on specially designed apparel. Some items sell out within minutes.
September 19, 2023
September 17, 2023
- At the Siamese Dream 30th Anniversary shows, Billy Corgan announces pre-order has begun for an upcoming release of a 12-inch maxi single of "Mayonaise". It quickly sells out.
September 16, 2023
September 7, 2023
Today in history October 4
- 1994: Earphoria was released in the US (CD)
- 1994: Gish was released in the US (Cassette, CD, 2LP (remastered))
- 1994: Pisces Iscariot was released in the US (LP, 7", CD, Cassette) and Europe (CD)
- 1994: Vieuphoria was released in the US (VHS)
- 1998: Celebrity Skin peaked at #15 on the New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) chart
- 1991: (The Smashing Pumpkins) State Theater; Kalamazoo, MI, US
- 1993: (The Smashing Pumpkins) R&R Station; Madison, WI, US
- 1996: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Rosemont Horizon; Rosemont, IL, US
- 2000: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Estádio do Restelo; Lisbon, PT
- 2007: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Braden Auditorium; Normal, IL, US
- 2012: (James Iha) Church; Boston, MA, US
- 2012: (The Smashing Pumpkins) Saddledome; Calgary, AB, CA