As you may have heard, the trailer for Zach Snyder’s The Watchmen features a Smashing Pumpkins song, “The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning.” That’s different than “The End Is the Beginning Is the End,” which appeared with the former on the Batman & Robin soundtrack, but the reference is intentional. The placement of the song has given on-line sales a serious boost. La Times’s blog was curious about all of this so they emailed Billy Corgan. He’s a tad defensive at first (“My fans seem to be confused when the outside world appreciates our work, so I can only imagine this terrifies them”) and doesn’t say too much (“Before this I’d never heard of the ‘Watchmen’ series, but from what I’ve seen it looks very interesting”), but then he digs in a bit (“I love the way it’s used in the trailer. I’ve asked the movie people if it’s possible we could release it as a music video. Still waiting on that one”). Maybe more interesting to Corgan fans are his thoughts on new Smashing Pumpkins’ song “G.L.O.W.”:
Just finished recording “G.L.O.W.” in Memphis at the famed Ardent Studios and hope to release it in early September. We feel we have finally turned the corner with these last 2 releases (“American Gothic” and “G.L.O.W.” to come) where it’s starting to feel like our music again, and not theirs, whoever “they” might be. Have plans to start recording a new multi-year, multi-release concept album by the end of this year. It will be very trippy and hopefully unique, and we’ll probably keep putting out singles here.
Surprisingly, we found a leak of “G.L.O.W.”…
So good to see the Pumpkins together again. For those of you who are still talking to us, you can see the rest of the Corgan interview at the LA Times blog.