Billy Corgan Has Some New Entrance Music
ARTIST: Smashing PumpkinsTITLE: “G.L.O.W.”WEB DEBUT: Oct. 13, 2008
ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: The Smashing Pumpkins are the latest band to ride the “media outlets will still write about new releases as long as they’re tied to the Guitar Hero gimmick” train with “G.L.O.W.,” a vicious little homage to ladies’ wrestling that’s covered in razor-slashed guitars a la “Zero,” and even has one of those classically SP-like bridges where everything slows down and the drums start reeling off triplets. I really dig the little bits of Cheap Trick-styled harmonies sprinkled in behind the chorus there, too. The only problem? It’s a smidge too long. Billy, Billy! I understand that you want people playing along with your song to max out their points, but just remember that the wrestling matches you’re paying tribute to are often most effective when they don’t drag things out.
WHERE TO HEAR IT: The Chicago alt-rock station Q101 is back in the business of leaking new material by its heavy-rotation staples, so here you go: