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Zeitgeist Is Smashing Pumpkins Last Record

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Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan said in a recent interview that the band's recent reunion album, Zeitgeist, will be their last. Since so many fans just download singles these days, Corgan says "There is no point" in making another Pumpkins album.

So much for the Smashing Pumpkins comeback, lead singer Billy Corgan said in a recent interview that the band’s recent album Zeitgeist will be their last, as so many fans just downloading singles these days, Corgan says “There is no point” in making another album. “We’re done with that. There is no point. People don’t even listen to it all,” said Corgan in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles and skip over the rest. The listening patterns have changed, so why are we killing ourselves to do albums? It’s done.” The news comes on the heels of a very controvertial Smashing Pumpkins tour, the band’s first tour with out core members James Iha and D’Arcy Wretzky. The Pumpkins broke up in 2000, and Corgan says the “door was left open” for Iha and Wretzky to return when the band reassembled in 2005. But things didn’t work out, and Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Reyes were enlisted to take their places. Corgan explained that Iha was actually the main reason the band split in 2000. “Iha was driving me out of my mind. He was so negative. The guy literally drove me insane,” said Corgan. Even still, Corgan insisted that Iha and Wretzky could have returned to the band. “They have the right to at least have the conversation. We said the door’s open. We were met with complete indifference. D’Arcy doesn’t care. And James, it was a money thing.” When asked why, without two core members, that Corgan would keep The Smashing Pumpkins name, he had a rather curious response. “It’s my band. Anyone who doubts the legitimacy of this band can go [expletive] themselves. That’s old thinking about bands. Show me any band that lasts for any tenure, they don’t have the original members. This world doesn’t care about that. They just want to hear the songs. They’ve got karaoke singers now fronting big bands.” Corgan wasn’t afraid to point out that he didn’t care about the lack of success that his band was having with their last release, saying that the Pumpkins should be seriously considered because its the Pumpkins. “When we do something it should be taken seriously, even when we’re off. If we’re marginalized by the culture, we’re not going to play dead and say thank you for our B-plus status. I poured my blood into my songs. I’ve had a bad marriage and seven bad girlfriends in a row. I make sacrifices to do my work. That’s not victim talk; that’s nobody’s fault; that’s a choice I made for me.”