The Smashing Pumpkins Launch Record Club

Lately, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has gained a level of notoriety for his erratic and kinda-lame decisions. (Remember the Jessica Simpson saga?) But it’s hard to quibble with the early results of Corgan’s latest venture, the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club. Corgan has not yet explained everything that the Record Club will involve, but right now, it’s giving away a free early 8-track demo version of one of the all-time great Pumpkins tracks, the Singles soundtrack classic “Drown.”

If you head to the Pumpkins website and enter an email address, you’ll get the track as free download. The nine-minute version of the song is noisier and more lo-fi than the final product, and it is well worth your time. The site also has a video of Corgan talking about the recording of the demo and calling the mp3 “our first release, which we’re using as a promotional tool to get you to give up your very valuable and precious email.” Honesty! He also promises that the Club will give away “so much free stuff.” We’re not going to sit here and bitch about free stuff, are we? No. No, we are not.