Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Billy Corgan feels his integrity has been slighted

Virgin records used Smashing Pumpkins as part of the Amazon-Pepsi giveaway promotion, which hasn't pleased Billy Corgan. He feels it slights his integrity:

"Its a frustrating situation honestly to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success," the band's singer, Billy Corgan, said in a written statement.

"Recently they have ignored our pleas to give our fans special editions of our old albums, telling us they weren't interested so there is a tremendous amount of hypocrisy involved with them turning around and using us like this," Corgan said

The lawsuit asserts that Smashing Pumpkins "worked hard for over two decades" to build goodwill with fans damaged by Virgin's use of its music and image in the campaign.

Virgin could, conceivably countersue that the current Corgan-only version of the Pumpkins is doing more to ruin the band's integrity than anything they could manage.


6 comments:

Former Pumpkins Fan said...

"Recently they have ignored our pleas to give our fans special editions of our old albums"
Of course, trying to make money by making your fans re-buy "special editions" of what they already own isn't remotely hypocritical?!? Just like releasing about seven different versions of an album is because you have too much "love" for your fans! The more the man opens his mouth, the more I despise him.

Chris Brown said...

I was going to comment on that turn of phrase too: actually *giving* your loyal fans special editions of old albums would be quite the radical move, but then it wouldn't be terribly surprising for the label not to want to join in.

What would you put on a special edition Pumpkins album anyway? It's not like they're short to start with.

Anonymous said...

"What would you put on a special edition Pumpkins album anyway? It's not like they're short to start with."

Word has it that they recorded several different versions of the songs when they recorded them. I.E. different arrangements and mixes.

"Just like releasing about seven different versions of an album is because you have too much "love" for your fans! The more the man opens his mouth, the more I despise him."

When you're on a major label you do exclusive deals with the big box stores. Bloc Party and Modest Mouse did the exact same thing the Pumpkins did. I can speak for big SP fans who buy everything, we all didn't buy seven different versions. We downloaded the extra tracks.

As for despising someone you don't know....seriously dude, get a life.

Anonymous said...

"As for despising someone you don't know....seriously dude, get a life."

Yes. I'm sure Hitler was a delightful chap if you just got to know him.

CarsmileSteve said...

GODWIN'S LAW!!!!!!

wow, i think this might be the first time i've ever got to call godwin's law properly...

Anonymous said...

The original post was about an egotistical maniac with delusions of grandeur. Quite frankly I'm surprised it took so many posts.

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