Smashing Pumpkins Apparently Have “Artistic Integrity”

thisisthesortofthingthatanartistputsout.jpgWell, now you’ve done it, Virgin Records. You’ve crossed Billy Corgan and the pride he takes in his creative endeavors. The Smashing Pumpkins as an entity (which I like to imagine is Corgan and a old typewriter) are suing their label for breach of contract filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit claims that the band has “worked hard for over two decades to accumulate a considerable amount of goodwill in the eyes of the public,” and said goodwill was damaged by a Pepsi Stuff promotion that used the Smashing Pumpkins band name in its advertising blitz, a use that apparently wasn’t covered in the agreement to sell the Pumpkins’ music digitally. This lawsuit makes me wonder if I can sue the band for presenting a band under the Smashing Pumpkins name that barely resembles the band I used to enjoy, so I might be calling Jacoby & Meyers later. [AP]

  • NedRaggett

    Dude, if you’re doing that, class action lawsuit. I’ll sign on.

  • so1omon

    I’m actually going to make the argument that Jeff Schroeder is a better guitar player than James Iha. But we miss James Iha. Shame on you Billy for trying to fool us by replacing one Asian guitarist and female bassist with another Asian guitarist and femail bass player.

  • Anonymous

    the smashing pumpkins = corgan & chamberlain.

    iha contributed very little and darcy literally played the bass parts that billy taught her. on the albums he would just play their parts himself.

  • tigerpop

    While we’re trying to make the world a better place, can we get rid of that ad for the Bravery?

  • Whigged

    Corgan should be serving papers to Pepper Keenan for nicking the artwork: []

  • Dick Laurent is dead.

    @NedRaggett: Signed.

  • Dick Laurent is dead.

    @Whigged: Not really, look at the date the box set was released vs. the COC album.

  • cheesebubble

    Seriously? Corgan should have stopped at saying he’s suing for use of a song in advertising without his permission. He shot himself in the foot when he went on to boast “artistic integrity.” Your fifteen minutes of street cred are up. The world is a vampire, sent to drain.

    Hey Billy, remember track 14 on disc 2 of Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness? It’s called “Farewell & Goodnight” and it was the last song on that album. In fact, that tune sounded the final knells of a career with any talent or appeal.