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    Default An Open Letter from Billy Corgan

    This is currently making the rounds. If Corgan really wrote this, it's funny for one reason. If he didn't write it, it's funny for a completely different reason. Either way, the reader wins.

    July 10, 2007

    My Dear Friends,

    Today is the greatest day you've ever known.

    Seven years, seven months, and ten days ago, the clock struck midnight, 2000, and the world began turning faster. Back then, I disbanded the Smashing Pumpkins because the new millennium demanded it. A new age needed a new start—cleanliness and unity, not the confused, confusing wreck I let the band become.

    We were once the most important band in the world, and everyone—me, you, Courtney Love—knew it. The Smashing Pumpkins drew the line between Black Sabbath, the Bee Gees, and the Cure, and that line caught a generation like a leash around a wayward puppy. We founded Alternative Nation, and the kids and advertisers flocked around. But because the band had become bloated, overbearing, headstrong, because it grew beyond my control, it had to die. I killed it before it killed me.

    And now, after all those years of self-imposed obscurity, of forced poetry, of side projects mired in mediocrity and too many guitarists, I bring us, together, here, to the corner of Future Avenue and Now Street. This is our moment! This is our day! This is Zeitgeist! (That's "Spirit of the Age" in German. Trust me: I've read Hegel.)

    This band has always been the headlight on the barreling locomotive of modern youth; with a title like Zeitgeist, nobody can argue. I brought back original Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain—recovered and reverent of yours truly, he's the epitome of a new leaf turned over—plus another chick bassist and some new guitar guy. Zeitgeist (Say it! It feels good!) arrives this week, in four different forms: The Best Buy version is different from the Target version is different from the iTunes version, which is different from everyone else's version. Most zeits would've settled for a single geist, but ours demands more marketing strategies, so I offer it four.

    As for the music, the critics won't get it. They never have. My old fans—the ones whose lives were changed by Gish and Siamese Dream—won't get it. They will complain that the sound is too dense, too severe, too, yes, overbearing. But the New Generation is the one I'm speaking to, the one that needs to know that My Chemical Romance and Panic! At the

    Disco couldn't exist without me. Whether they want to know doesn't matter. This Zeitgeist is not consensual—it's here, whether you understand it or not.

    Several weeks ago, I released "Tarantula" to prime the public for the coming onslaught. The song is the sound of one ego exploding (mine), the sound of an entire album in just one song. You'll like it because it has the same skyrocketing guitar riff as "Cherub Rock," and you liked "Cherub Rock" back in 1993. You still like it, because it is one of the best songs ever recorded. But now, instead of one guitar playing one riff, there are more—way more—guitars. And more riffs. It's awesome, in the original sense of the word. It might scare you.

    Fear is the effect I'm going for. Fear and exhaustion. But "Tarantula" is not the scariest or most exhausting song on the album. That honor goes to "United States"—a triumphant teenage anthem that sounds like the closing solo of "War Pigs," refracted and stretched into nine minutes. Remember, I was subtle once: "Drown," from the Singles soundtrack, was haunting in its minimal, dissonant beauty. But the Zeitgeist has no time for subtlety, friends, and neither do you. Hence song titles like "United States" and "For God and Country" and "Pomp and Circumstance." Even more than you need more guitars, you need more meaning. And I bring it to you:

    Dulcet tones whisper fast

    Refuse your yearns, renounce the past

    Rouse me soon, the end draws nigh

    Whose side are you on

    Your blood you cannot buy.

    Revolution!

    Revolution!

    Revolution!

    Yes! Zeitgeisty!

    Every revolution needs a counterpoint, and that would be "Bring the Light," the one song with a discernable, singable hook, the one song that's remotely accessible. It's got a melody that burns with the same adolescent struggle as those Siamese Dream days. Naturally, it stands out: Hooks and singability are not really the zeitgeist. At least not this Zeitgeist.

    Here is what you must understand: Nothing has changed since 1999, except my budget. And Pro Tools. I am still the same alt-rock messiah I was. You are still my teenage flock.

    Trust me.

    Your zero,
    Billy Corgan
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    Wow, I like the record and that's still hillarious.
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    its obviously a fake. but it wouldnt surprise me if he did in fact write it tho.
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    not buying it.

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    He may not have wrote it, but you know damn well he thought it.

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    That letter is completely rediculous.
    It just makes him look like more of a pompous asshole than he already is.
    Ugh.
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    And it's been long established that Chris hates fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto73 View Post
    Today is the greatest day you've ever known.

    We were once the most important band in the world, and everyone—me, you, Courtney Love—knew it.

    This band has always been the headlight on the barreling locomotive of modern youth

    and you liked "Cherub Rock" back in 1993. You still like it, because it is one of the best songs ever recorded. But now, instead of one guitar playing one riff, there are more—way more—guitars. And more riffs. It's awesome, in the original sense of the word. It might scare you.

    I am still the same alt-rock messiah I was. You are still my teenage flock.
    I'm glad our self proclaimed messiah knows how to be modest.

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    That letter hit the nail on the head though. Fans of MCR and P!ATD will appreciate Zeitgeist more than we ever could.
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    Leave it to billy haha.

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    You know, the problem with Billy is that it is completely possible that he could have wrote this. I read it and it really did sound like him.. Oh! Billy always the pompous one!
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    Ricockulous!
    Last edited by algunz; 07-22-2007 at 10:32 PM. Reason: I realized my error in spelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    Recockulous!
    Well that's a new word
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    It's a good one, and I find it rather fitting.

    Go ahead use it. It's fun. It's ricockulous.
    Last edited by algunz; 07-22-2007 at 10:33 PM. Reason: See above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    It's a good one, and I find it rather fitting.

    Go ahead use it. It's fun. It's recockulous.
    I have already added it to my dictionary!
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    Excellent, my plan is already working.

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    I am glad some of you realize this letter is a fake.
    For your health

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyface View Post
    I am glad some of you realize this letter is a fake.
    Yes, but the beauty of it is how plausible it sounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto73 View Post
    not the confused, confusing wreck I let the band become.

    i know he's a douche bag...but he's not an idiot
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    Just for the record, recockulous is a "word" that Adam Carolla made up when he used to do Love Line on KROQ. Stealing words from Adam Carolla is just wrong.
    I love music, and I hate vowels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msklvr View Post
    Just for the record, recockulous is a "word" that Adam Carolla made up when he used to do Love Line on KROQ. Stealing words from Adam Carolla is just wrong.

    spelling adam corolla's name wrong is just as bad...

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    stealing words from corolla. now thats just shameless. SHAME
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    Whiskey Sour

    2 oz blended whiskey
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    1 cherry
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    Shake blended whiskey, juice of lemon, and powdered sugar with ice and strain into a whiskey sour glass. Decorate with the half-slice of lemon, top with the cherry, and serve.

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    Beautiful

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    Dude, what a dick.

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    Yep, its a bit recockulous. He is very pompous but he looks healthy in a shaved head without appearing as if he were about to pop his clogs.
    And even I admit Tarantula is straight out the top drawer. Billys well worded and thought out message has also reminded me we are getting a third off the price of all Bee Gees records in my local store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    And it's been long established that Chris hates fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msklvr View Post
    Just for the record, recockulous is a "word" that Adam Carolla made up when he used to do Love Line on KROQ. Stealing words from Adam Carolla is just wrong.
    THANK YOU!! I was trying to figure out where the fuck I had gotten it from, and I couldn't remember for the life of me. Cheers!!!!

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    I thought Billy Corgan rode a thunderbolt into the midwestern sky a couple years ago. I saw it in a movie.

    Fucking nuts how he just came back down to earth.
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