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UPDATE: Corgan addresses his viral magazine cover:

In case your wondering, all this PAWS fame has gone to Mr. Thom and Sammi’s head. They’ve gone from complaining about food every 60 seconds to every 30. Plus they fielded a call from a reality show producer. Unreal.

Ha.

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2000′s Machina/The Machines Of God was the last album the Smashing Pumpkins released before going away for a while, the one where Jimmy Chamberlain came back and Melissa Auf der Maur took over for D’Arcy Wretzky on bass. It doesn’t boast the critical adulation and cultural resonance reserved for Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, but boy did I love it when I was in high school. (Judging from the overblown reception for the decent-at-best Oceania, if Corgan released a song as good as “The Everlasting Gaze” or “Stand Inside Your Love” today, people would lose their fucking minds, even if they’re essentially lesser rewrites of “Zero” and “Tonight, Tonight” respectively.) Machina had lots of conceptual trappings and was originally intended as a double-LP, but after Adore’s poor performance Virgin forced the Pumpkins to pare Machina down to a single disc. After the band broke up, Corgan rolled out an elaborate online marketing campaign including narrative writings called Glass And The Machines Of God, an alternate reality game, and eventually an album of unreleased material called Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.

Now it looks like the double-LP Corgan always had in mind is going to happen. Here’s what we know so far as quoted from a post on the Pumpkins’ site:

Looking forward to the eventual reissue of a restored and recompiled MACHINA, work has begun on transfers from the original 24 track tapes, as well as a host of select live shows. The effort will be unprecedented for Smashing Pumpkins et al, as Billy Corgan has indicated plans to put the album not only in its original and intended double/triple album sequence, but has designs on commissioning new remixes of all materials as well. The intention he says is clear: to present MACHINA in the original form in which it was written; or in his words, “As a theatrical narrative.

“Other possibilities of coalescing the story exist: including the addition of extant materials such acoustic alternates, re-contextualized soundtrack pieces, and use of spoken word to create an immersive experience.

“I’m also not opposed to asking current artists to participate, singing songs as such on the compositions meant for other characters’ voices,” Billy adds. “Finishing what the band started so long ago, and we just didn’t have the strength to end.”

In other Pumpkins news, the internet went wild this week when Corgan appeared in street clothes hugging his two cats on the Summer ’14 cover of Paws Chicago’s magazine as depicted above, something that would have seemed utterly impossible back when Machina came out. Corgan has raised a lot of money for the No Kill humane organization over the years (it’s where he adopted his cats). You can read the full issue here if you’re so inclined, preferably while enjoying these excellent Machina singles out of context.

Comments (24)
  1. Jesus, let’s just reissue Zeitgeist well we’re at it eh?

    PLEASE DON’T REISSUE ZEITGEIST.

  2. I love the video for Everlasting Gaze; it melts my freaking face off.

  3. MACHINA ain’t half bad. Certainly gets way more flak than it deserves.

  4. Machina is definitely overcooked but underrated. Age of Innocence is my favorite Pumpkins song. Other gems: Sacred and Profane, Try Try Try, This Time, Wound.

    Not sure how I feel about releasing Machina as a double (or triple?!) album. Machina II had some keepers (namely Real Love and Let Me Give the World to You) but both albums were bloated as it is.

  5. Machina may not be the most-acclaimed SP1 release, but, for whatever reason, there is something captivating about it that prompts me to revisit it moreso than, say, Adore. Stand Inside Your Love, This Time, Wound, Age of Innocence, and even moments of Everlasting Gaze especially feel authentically crafted. And it been cheapened by two decades of nonstop radio play.

    Oh, and Machina II is an excellent comp. Excited for a proper reworking, assuming it is indeed part of this release.

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  7. Stand Inside Your Love is a pretty solid tune. Looking forward to it.

  8. there is an amazing album tucked away in a dozen or so songs in the ~40 song batch from this era, once you throw in the three other EPs they put out with the Machina II comp! http://www.my-smashing-pumpkins-collection.com/Machina_II.htm has most of them for download…

  9. (also, D’Arcy plays on these tunes, Auf der Maur took over for the tour)

  10. I don’t see what the big deal is.

  11. YYEEEESSSSSSSS!!!! Holy fuck are you kidding me?! A change to finally own a physical copy of Machina II, even if it’s actually as part of Machina I, or Machina Redux, or whatever? Yes, PLEASE! Count me in! I’m glad the re-issue campaign has gone well enough to make this a reality.

  12. that is the best photo I’ve ever seen

  13. Saying “Everlasting Gaze” and “Stand Inside Your Love” are “lesser rewrites” of anything, let alone “Zero” and “Tonight, Tonight” is way off. And as far as Oceania goes, I love it as a whole album experience. It’s decent at worst, a gem of an album at best. (There’s really no need to go there but if you wanted to take a more accurate jab regarding “rewrites” though, “Age of Innocence” doesn’t sound much like “Tonight, Tonight” but it pretty much recycles its main verse (drum) beats, while “The Chimera” has a great main riff, but it is a lot like the mid-section of “Frail & Bedazzled.” Seriously though, who cares? They’re all solid songs, on their own merits.)

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