Update: According to the official site, the EP will feature three other songs: “Astral Planes”, “Widow Wake My Mind”, and “A Stitch in Time”.
It’s hard to really complain about the Smashing Pumpkins anymore. We’ve all moved on from the “It’s not even the Pumpkins” argument. Hell, even Jimmy Chamberlin’s pretty content. And considering the 44-song eighth effort is going to be free, as it’s released over the years, few can argue that Corgan’s the “meanie” the media paints him out to be. But still, many can argue that he’s lost his mind some.
In fact, if you listen to the new song — a reworked, studio version of “A Song for a Son”, the first of the 44 that will make up Teargarden by Kaleidyscope — it’s almost as if someone needs to whisper to him, “Um, dude, you’re in the Smashing Pumpkins, remember?” With solos that seem to spiral out into a balmy midnight sky, vocals that coast softly, and acoustic guitars that melt into electric soundscapes, it feels more or less like an early ’70’s rock anthem. In fact, nobody would think this was the same guy behind “Geek U.S.A.”, but maybe that’s a good thing. It’s kind of too early to tell.
So, what’s it all mean? According to Spinner, which hosts the steam, Corgan told them:
“It’s got something to do about not having any kids and thinking about why I don’t have any kids,” Corgan tells Spinner. “And then also kind of thinking about my relationship with my father — there’s some kind of connection there, but it’s not overt. I didn’t set out to write that. It just rolled out of me.”
Interesting, though still it begs a question. Considering it’s an entirely different band with an entirely different sound, and really, not too similar of a mindset either, why not call it something else entirely? That’s the boil on the business here. It all comes back to: Why the Pumpkins? Is Corgan truly scared no one will listen to his music without the moniker? C’mon Zwan was a lot of fun! Besides, this is already better than that tacky solo album of his. Wouldn’t a new name like The Corgans suffice?
::ducks from rotten fruit::
Oh well. Let’s see how the next couple of tunes turn out.