EMI to re-issue Smashing Pumpkins albums

By | Published on Thursday 28 April 2011

Smashing Pumpkins

EMI are planning to re-issue various Smashing Pumpkins records from before they split and turned into Billy Corgan And Friends. Or Billy Corgan And Acquaintances, maybe.

The major label will re-release the band’s first four albums over the next year and a half, ‘Gish’, ‘Siamese Dream’, ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ and ‘Adore’, plus rarities compilation ‘Pisces Iscariot’ and singles boxset ‘The Aeroplane Flies High’. The original line-up’s final two albums, ‘Machina/The Machines Of God’ and ‘Machina II: The Friends & Enemies Of Modern Music’ will then be released as a package in 2013, followed by a greatest hits flim flam.

Announcing the plan, Billy Corgan said that he would be heavily involved in putting together the new releases, saying: “What makes the deal with EMI groundbreaking is the band has secured the right to all unreleased materials and will be in charge of any additional releases based on our discretion. In essence, the band has the keys to the warehouse and can release whatever we want, when we want it”.

When Corgan says “the band”, it’s not entirely clear if he means the current line-up, himself alone, or him and former bandmates James Iha, D’arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin. History would suggest that Wretzky at the very least would want no involvement whatsoever.