I’m sure by now you have heard that the Smashing Pumpkins new album Zeitgeist will have different bonus tracks on it, depending on which store you buy it from. All in all there will be four different versions.
People are making a big deal out of this, and spinning it into something negative. I have been amazed at how people (Pitchfork in particular) jump so quickly to think badly of a band and attribute their motives strictly to money and power.
I have been reading comments and blogs from people who say they were long time fans until this, so truly now because there are four versions of a really cool album available, they say they will not be buying the album at all and they think Billy Corgan is some kind of money hungry sell out.
They can’t have been very devoted fans, or even know their history very well because Billy Corgan has always been the opposite of everything they are calling him.
- He supported Napster back when many musicians were out to kill it- which they did.
- He gave away the entire MachinaII album online, just as a gift of music to the fans that loved The Pumpkins so much.
- The shows in Asheville and San. Francisco had incredibly cheap ticket prices; $20-25.00 which The Pumkins easily could have charged double that and still sold out just as quickly.
- They have made announcements that anyone can record or photograph them at their concerts, in fact they have made most of the new album available live on their site ThePumpkins.net for anyone to listen to.
I am disappointed once again by the petty, single minded way that people, and even so called fans, have jumped to conclusions without caring or even thinking for that matter. As for myself and other devoted fans, we are looking forward to all four versions of the album coming next month.
And, duh, if you don’t want to pirate the music and still want all four songs with out buying all four cd’s (seriously people, you REALLY think that the Pumpkins expect or even want you to buy all four versions!!!!), the Tarantula maxi-single has 2 of the songs on it and I would suspect that future singles will have the others available too.
I am so happy that Billy Corgan and the Band are back, despite all of the negativity and crap that he has received over the years in compensation for creating some of the most beautiful, true and real music.
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