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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 13, 2017
StudioShangri-La Recording Studio in Malibu
GenreFolk music, acoustic rock
LabelMartha's Music, Reprise, BMG[1]
ProducerRick Rubin, Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan chronology
Alternative cover
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Clash Music7/10[4]
Consequence of SoundB-[5]
DIY Magazine4/5 stars[6]

Ogilala is the second solo album by Billy Corgan (under the name William Patrick Corgan), frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins. The album was released on October 13, 2017, in the United States.[1] It marks Corgan's first solo album since his 2005 debut, TheFutureEmbrace. The album was co-produced by Corgan with Rick Rubin, and does not feature Corgan's longtime collaborator Bjorn Thorsrud. "Aeronaut" preceded the record as its lead single, with a US tour beginning the day after the record's release.[7]

The album's songs are primarily acoustic and are predominantly performed on acoustic guitar, piano and strings, contrasting with much of Corgan's other work. The song "Processional" marks the first time since The Smashing Pumpkins' break-up in 2000 that Corgan has collaborated with the band's former guitarist James Iha.[8]

A 41-minute short film, Pillbox, was released with the album, and later the 58-minute live video, Neath The Darkest Eves.


The album is accompanied with a 41-minute short film written by Corgan and co-directed by Linda Strawberry.[9]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.

3."The Spaniards"4:08
5."The Long Goodbye"2:43
6."Half-Life of an Autodidact"3:27
Total length:38:32

Some tracks are cross-faded in the physical version, thus reducing the playing time of the album about 20 seconds.

Release history

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
October 13, 2017 BMG • Martha's Music 538321011 LP US 11000064 c5f9ae57-085f-442c-bdd1-0d9a2c357785 [1]
October 13, 2017 BMG • Martha's Music 538320992 CD US 10984805 01d683dd-9789-403e-a4b0-eff2ed79140c [1]
October 13, 2017 BMG • Martha's Music 538320992 CD Europe 11001366 4ef974b7-30b0-4d9e-b6b9-8d6a2e0d6fac [1]
October 13, 2017 BMG • Martha's Music 538321031 LP (pink) Europe 11013191 [1]
October 13, 2017 BMG 538321011 LP (blue) US 11011590 [1]
October 13, 2017 BMG Digital Worldwide 11024125 69e03519-8edd-474a-be9a-053e92a3dfe5 [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz


  • Billy Corgan (as William Patrick Corgan) – vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, Mellotron, photography, production
  • James Iha – guitar and Mellotron on "Processional"[8]
  • Sierra Swan – occasional backing vocals
  • Rick Rubin – production


Chart (2017) Peak
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[10] 7
Swiss Albums (Swiss Hitparade)[11] 86
US Billboard 200[12] 183


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Strauss, Matthew (August 22, 2017). "Billy Corgan Announces New Album Ogilala, Shares New Song "Aeronaut": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 28, 2017.
  2. "Reviews and Tracks for Ogilala by William Patrick Corgan". Metacritic. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ogilala - William Patrick Corgan, Billy Corgan". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. Walker-Smart, Sam. "William Patrick Corgan - Ogilala". Clash Music. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  5. Geffen, Sasha. "William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  6. Goggins, Joe. "William Patrick Corgan - Ogilala". DIY Magazine. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. Cook-Wilson, Winston (August 22, 2017). "Billy Corgan Announces Solo Album Ogilala, Releases Single "Aeronaut"". Spin. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Greene, Andy (September 23, 2017). "Billy Corgan Talks Solo LP, Making Peace With Original Smashing Pumpkins". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  9. "Watch Billy Corgan's Psychedelic Silent Film Pillbox". Rollingstone.
  10. "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". RMNZ. October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  11. "Swisscharts.com – William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 25, 2017.
  12. "Billy Corgan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 24, 2017.