The Download

The Smashing Pumpkins just aren’t what they used to be. The geeky space-rock charm of Gish and Siamese Dream began to die shortly after Billy Corgan shaved his head and uttered, The world is a vampire. The more recent Zeitgeist reunion drove another nail into the coffin. Relive the band’s glory days at its official Web site. The audio page includes a stockpile of live shows (some better quality than others) spanning the Pumpkins’ career as well as the 25-track album of B-sides, Machina II: Friends and Enemies of Modern Music. The band is requesting that fans upload their own audio bootlegs onto the site, so expect the selection to get even better in the future, which is more than we can say for Corgan.

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