Billy Corgan Makes Slightly Disarming Marketing Decision

Jun 22nd, 2007 // 28 Comments

spz.jpgYesterday, the Smashing Pumpkins announced a somewhat-complicated new marketing ploy for Zeitgeist, its first release in seven years: The album will be released in four different versions, with iTunes, Best Buy and Target each getting a different bonus track (for those of you who like to read lots and lots of repetitive text, the full track listings are after the click-through). Pitchfork’s news page interpreted the move as an “eff you” to fans and indie retailers on the part of Corgan:

Billy and company would like you to know that they fully support the extinction of the American independent record store at the hand of large, faceless, little-guy-crushing big boxes. They also support bleeding their fans dry.

Granted, an indie-store edition would have been nice–even if just as a retailer-appeasing gesture–and it always feels icky whenever a band cozies up to the big-boxers. But this is becoming standard practice nowadays, and SP fans are used to getting the shaft; besides, it’s hard to imagine any fans getting “bled dry,” since most of them are likely going to buy one copy and then get the rest of the tracks off some .rar page.

Anyhoo, the different editions are as follows; thanks to The Chronicles of Michael Christopher for the heads-up:

Standard:
01. Doomsday Clock
02. 7 Shades of Black
03. Bleeding the Orchid
04. That’s The Way (My Love Is)
05. Tarantula
06. Starz
07. United States
08. Neverlost
09. Bring The Light
10. (Come On) Let’s Go!
11. For God And Country
12. Pomp And Circumstances

Best Buy:
01. Doomsday Clock
02. 7 Shades of Black
03. Bleeding the Orchid
04. That’s The Way (My Love Is)
05. Tarantula
06. Starz
07. United States
08. Neverlost
09. Death From Above (Bonus Track
10. Bring The Light
11. (Come On) Let’s Go!
12. For God And Country
13. Pomp And Circumstances

Target:
01. Doomsday Clock
02. 7 Shades of Black
03. Bleeding the Orchid
04. That’s The Way (My Love Is)
05. Tarantula
06. Starz
07. United States
08. Neverlost
09. Bring The Light
10. (Come On) Let’s Go!
11. For God And Country
12. Pomp And Circumstances
13. Zeitgeist (Bonus Track)

iTunes:
01. Doomsday Clock
02. 7 Shades of Black
03. Bleeding the Orchid
04. That’s The Way (My Love Is)
05. Tarantula
06. Starz
07. United States
08. Neverlost
09. Bring The Light
10. (Come On) Let’s Go!
11. For God And Country
12. Pomp And Circumstances
13. Stellar

James Iha “Can I Just Come Over To Your House And Maybe Play Some New Stuff For You?” Version:
TBA

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  1. hummer197933

    hell, bloc party, aqualung, and other had the same thing done to their albums, and did bitchfork complain
    hell
    no

    damn hypocrites

  2. katieee

    @nonce: I agree with you on the nostalgia bit. It’s a weak simulacrum of buying 7″s and import CD singles for the b-sides. That used to feel special because you’d have to work to find them (or even find out about them).

    One special version with three bonus tracks – maybe. But this four-version business is just egregious.

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