Release Date: Oct 13, 2017
Record label: BMG Rights Management
William Patrick Corgan is known for always thwarting the norm and taking his own path. Through an illustrious, though occasionally undermined career, the famed Smashing Pumpkins frontman has followed a fairly conventional commercial path despite being headline fodder bait for anything but his music. It has increased his distaste for the media, so much so that he's made unconventional, though calculated decisions that go against any strict political agenda.
A more cynical writer may suggest that Billy Corgan has been in the business of making solo records for quite some time now; at the very least, once drummer Jimmy Chamberlin left The Smashing Pumpkins, everything that.
Ever the classic rocker, William Patrick Corgan -- Billy Corgan, for short -- decided the best way to revive his dormant solo career was to unite with Rick Rubin for the kind of record the producer calls his specialty: an austere affair that strips down the singer/songwriter to his essence. By 2017, some 23 years after Rubin patented this formula via Johnny Cash's American Recordings, this move is something of a clich.
In the past five years, the artist formerly known as Billy Corgan has had more eyes on him for his extracurricular antics than ears on his music. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman, in between playing actual Smashing Pumpkins shows and releasing a new album with the current incarnation of the band, has appeared multiple times on the right wing conspiracy talk show Infowars (he.
My theory is that shortly after completing Smashing Pumpkins’ magnum opus Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness, Billy Corgan was killed in a freak yachting accident only to be replaced by a serviceable doppelgänger sourced from the same factory of musical replicants as “Paul McCartney”. This would explain the diminishing returns of subsequent albums and the noticeable Wings-ishness of Corgan’s post-Pumpkins supergroup Zwan, not to mention his late forays into pro-wrestling business ventures and dipshit conspiracy theories. Distancing himself further from his deceased human template without giving the whole game away, Billy’s duplicate now wishes to be known as William Patrick and has hooked up with career revivalist extraordinaire Rick Rubin for a, you guessed it, acoustic album.