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Billy Corgan Brainwashed Me: '90s Alternative Rock and the Introspective Abyss

Once in its thrall, these days I find the overriding message of '90s alt-rock especially naïve and even dangerous.

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Counterbalance No. 154: Smashing Pumpkins' 'Siamese Dream'

Freak out and give in. Doesn't matter what you believe in. Stay cool and be somebody's fool this year—possibly while listening to the 154th most acclaimed album of all time. I want a walk-in humidor!

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Placebo: B3 EP

In the final track, “Time is Money”, somewhere between the lines “Time is happy ever after” and “Jesus / Jesus / Jesus / take the wheel” my eyes rolled back so far in my head that I could see the inside of my ears and noticed that they were no longer paying attention.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness (Deluxe Edition)

The original album is sprawling, ambitious, overlong, frustrating, and fascinating all at once. The three (!) discs of additional, unreleased material is fascinating for audiophiles, worthwhile for fans, and absolute manna from heaven for collectors.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Pisces Iscariot (Deluxe Edition)

Billy Corgan oversees the reissue of a rarities album stuffed with even more rarities. Rather than decry this as a sign of a rampant ego again, let's just dive in and revel in this music made with little-to-no commercial expectations.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania (take 2)

Oceania is a prog rock record. The songs might not be as long, but the sounds and the themes are just as portentous as all that dinosaur rock of the 1970s. And it's just as boring, too.

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In Defense of Billy Corgan's Foray Into Professional Wrestling

The Smashing Pumpkins leader is developing a reality television series around his Resistance Pro imprint.

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Smashing Pumpkins: Gish (Deluxe Edition) / Siamese Dream (Deluxe Edition)

Freak out, give in: these generous repackages of the Chicago alt-rock heroes' first two albums chart the upward trajectory that took them from a promising-yet-overextended debut to one of their genre's all-time greatest masterpieces.

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Ray Davies: See My Friends

Ray Davies' latest album is part tribute compilation, part vanity project. Mark my words, no one will be discussing this a year from now.

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The Smashing Pumpkins: 25 September 2010 - Bonner Springs, KS

If only The Smashing Pumpkins could negotiate some kind of balance between the new material and the certified hits, then true evolution could occur. I’ll be waiting.

William Carl Ferleman
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Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist

What Zeitgeist is really about, what all Pumpkins albums are really about, is Billy Corgan.

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Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace

The curious incident of the bored rock star and his first solo album.

Daniel Rivera
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Blinking with Fists: Poems by Billy Corgan

As lyric poems, however, without the support of a band, it's just totally high school, totally amateur, totally naive, and not in the good way.

Andy Fogle
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