Smashing Pumpkins are about to be inescapable once again, thanks to a new studio album, and an extensive reissue campaign that will see the band's albums from 1991-2000 re-released in fully remastered deluxe versions, each with bonus material.
According to band nucleus (and only remaining original member – those kids in the image above are all imports from the past year) Billy Corgan, the Smashing Pumpkins will head into the studio in May to record Oceania, "an album within an album," as he puts it, as part of their in-progress 44-song work Teargarden By Kaleidyscope. Nine of thee songs have already been released online for free, with two elaborately packaged EPs available in stores. If you missed this news, there's a reason: the music is terrible, and does no justice whatsoever to the Pumpkins' name.
Oceania will be released in September, while the Smashing Pumpkins will release one more song ("Owata") next week from the Teargarden By Kaleidyscope sessions.
By Summer, EMI will roll out the global catalog campaign with the band's 1991 debut album Gish, 1993's Siamese Dream and the 1994 compilation album Pisces Iscariot. The campaign will continue into 2012 with the reissue of 1995's 9x-platinum double album Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, 1996's five-disc box set The Aeroplane Flies High and 1998's Adore.
Taking the extra unnecessary step of rehashing their later – and far less musically compelling – work, in 2013 their 2000 albums Machina/The Machines Of God and Machina Ii: The Friends & Enemies Of Modern Music will be unified into one package. A best-of compilation will also be released in 2013.
Billy Corgan is excited by the partnership with EMI, and the artistic freedom associated with the deal. "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," Corgan explained. "In essence, the band has the keys to the warehouse and can release whatever we want, when we want it. EMI totally supports this right, and they are our partners in it."
Corgan posted the following video on Facebook early Tuesday morning, detailing all of the above news and some other information about the deal he’s worked out with EMI.