It may sound surprising, but it’s a great time to be a Smashing Pumpkins fan — Billy Corgan is only becoming more and more prolific with age. The 44-year-old singer-guitarist just unveiled the tracklist for Oceania, the latest project of many for the revamped Smashing Pumpkins.
Corgan took to Twitter Friday morning to say that Oceania, SP’s ninth album (due in late November), will run “approx 60 minutes and 9 seconds” over 13 songs. Titles include “The Celestials,” “Wildflower,” “Glissandra,” and “One Diamond, One Heart.”
His band, which has undergone some personnel changes in recent years (Corgan remains the only original member), unveiled Oceania for the first time Thursday night at a private listening party. “I’m really, really proud of the work we’ve done,” Corgan Tweeted. “Our hearts are on the line for sure. [My] impressions from our ‘first listen’ party last night: a unique collection of songs, unlike any prior SP record as a whole.”
Corgan has called Oceania “an album within an album,” meaning it will be part of his ongoing 44-song project Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, for which the band has already released nine tracks online. “Even though I pronounced the album dead, I guess I still wanna do another one,” Corgan said. The band recently dropped a clip for the latest Teargarden song, “Owata,” which stars, yes, female professional wrestlers. Another oddball video stars NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The band also recently launched an online record club, dubbed SPRC, which will roll out Pumpkins’ rarities online. Corgan’s already dropped a rough demo called“Barb Wire,” which evolved into the little-known song “Tulips,” as well as an early version of their epic 1992 track “Drown” (which first appeared on the Singles movie soundtrack) and a two-track demo of Siamese Dream standout “Geek U.S.A.”
EMI and Smashing Pumpkins are also prepping a massive reissue series of the band’s entire catalog, set to launch this year and continue into 2013. The campaign will feature remastered editions of all their studio albums with bonus material; 1991’s Gish, 1993’s Siamese Dream, and 1994’s compilation album Pisces Iscariot are expected this fall.
Smashing Pumpkins are hitting the road this fall on an 11-date North American tour that starts on October 5 in Los Angeles; Corgan is promising new Oceania music at each show.
“Quasar/Stella P and the People Mover”
“My Love is Winter”
“One Diamond, One Heart”