Posted by End Music Discovery on August 31, 2011
Teased last week and Launched earlier today, The Smashing Pumpkins have debuted what they (he?) are calling SPRC, of course standing for Smashing Pumpkins Record Club, which Billy hopes to use as a vessel to deliver the plethora of unreleased demos, alt versions, non album tracks, recordings of Harms shaving his cats, and whatever else he might have up his bald headed sleeve. Look, I love to talk sh-t on the current incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins as much as the next guy, but this whole thing honestly seems rather endearing and exciting. Not only is Billy finally starting to listen to fans and tap into the back catalogue of music he’s been sitting on for years, but he’s doing it for free (at least for now anyway as they hope to provide higher fidelity files for $$$ down the road). Here’s Billy’s 2 cents on the whole thing
“…the first song we’re going to release for free is a demo recording of “Drown”, which we found in going through the archives. It was recorded roughly around the end of ’91, early ’92, somewhere in the Gish touring we were writing songs which we hoped were going to be for Siamese Dream. And I believe in a couple days we recorded five demos: “Luna”, “STP”, “Drown”, “Silver[fuck]”, and something else I can’t remember. And so this is the actual demo from that time. And as part of what we’re going to do here with the Record Club, we’re going to provide certain materials that the band worked with to make its decisions. So although we eventually hope to offer this demo for sale, remixed and updated to 96k 24-bit status, which all our releases will be available as 96k 24-bit unmastered files, the “Drown” here that you’ll have will be the actual rough mix from the time. Which we actually think is kind of cool, because even though it’s a little bit of a lower fidelity than we’ll eventually offer the song at, you do get a sense of what the band was listening to at the time… I think I’ve already said that.”
And things have certainly started off on the right foot, as for the low low price of your E-mail, not only do you get a free download of the above mentioned Drown demo but also snuck in there without mention is a vocalless early demo of a song called Suicide Kiss, which Pumpkins fans will be quite familiar with upon listening as the later renamed “Geek USA” (for those unfamiliar, perhaps one of the bands best tracks ever and the centerpiece of their classic album, Siamese Dream) We’ve posted both tracks below for listening ease but definitely sign up here to grab them as well as await future releases. Good to see things finally looking up in Pumpkinland, enjoy….
Smashing Pumpkins – Drown (8-track demo)
Smashing Pumpkins — Drown 8-Track Demo
Smashing Pumpkins – Suicide Kiss (Geek USA Demo)
Smashing Pumpkins — Suicide Kiss Geek No Vox