Smashing Pumpkins Reveal Who They’re In ‘Legal Squabble’ With

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Billy Corgan celebrated the 18th anniversary of The Smashing Pumpkins’ MACHINA/The Machines of God today on Instagram. He also discussed the Pumpkins’ legal squabble with their label.

“MACHINA/pt 1/The Machines of God ‘turns’ 18 today (Feb 28/2000). It’s nice to see where so many younger fans have found and resonated with this work, which despite being often misunderstood or disregarded has seen a sort of restoration with time. On the question of when a reissue would be made available (reuniting pts 1 + 2 with a copious amount of additional work), the legal squabble with our inherited label continues (meaning they purchased our catalog from Gish to Machina from old masters EMI and take scant possession of the legacy, much less any present or future plans to promote said work). Which is a curious thing…

That said, I have made overtures to purchase the catalog by putting together a group of investors; only to be rebuffed, because ‘it’s too valuable to be sold.'”

Corgan also recently posted about a dream he had about Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.

“I had an interesting dream this morning where I was at a party, and the host was playing the new @nickelback single, and it was note for note, word for word, a heavier version of a song from my in progress solo album (called ‘Jubilee’). And my first reaction was that I’d ripped Chad off, and I was mad at myself because that meant I couldn’t someday release my version. And then, still in dream-state, I thought maybe Chad had ripped me off! But then it occurred to me that that was unlikely (and obviously unnecessary), so I settled on it was I who was the thief!”

MACHINA/pt 1/The Machines of God 'turns' 18 today (Feb 28/2000). It's nice to see where so many younger fans have found and resonated with this work, which despite being often misunderstood or disregarded has seen a sort of restoration with time. On the question of when a reissue would be made available (reuniting pts 1 + 2 with a copious amount of additional work), the legal squabble with our inherited label continues (meaning they purchased our catalog from Gish to Machina from old masters EMI and take scant possession of the legacy, much less any present or future plans to promote said work). Which is a curious thing… That said, I have made overtures to purchase the catalog by putting together a group of investors; only to be rebuffed, because 'it's too valuable to be sold.'

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