By Marissa G. Muller
Amazon is the latest target of Billy Corgan‘s wrath.
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman called out the online retailer on Twitter and Facebook after Amazon leaked the tracklist for Adore, a reissue of the band’s 1998 album that followed up their seminal, multi-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. His main gripe about the leak was that it interfered with his detail-oriented roll out plan. Oh, and that the track listing is wrong.
“CORRECTION: Amazon decided to break an agreement and post track listing of ADORE first; despite assurances otherwise that asked us to wait OBVIOUSLY,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’ve had ADORE track list for 4 months, and could have posted anytime. But we try to co-ordinate these releases to balance all,” he continued, before adding “AND btw, Amazon track list is WRONG. I’m just saying…”
In effort to put Amazon in their place, Corgan will now be offering Adore for a lower price through his own website. “So all I can say is that a/ never again will I trust such promises and that b/ for now on I’ll just do right by SP peeps first and foremost We’ll post later on http://SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com how you can pre-order from us at a cheaper price, as well as special, autographed editions.”
Ever the writer, Corgan also took the time to post a manifesto on the Smashing Pumpkins’ website about the current state of the music industry.
“Some would say music hasn’t been in such a disadvantageous place in the culture since the selling of commercial music began in the early 1900s,” he wrote. “And I for one have been very outspoken about what I would say are harmful business practices, the kind which place artists in an exploitative position visa vie their rights and ownership of their own work….So in that light you can understand why it boils my blood when ‘ye olde record business stands up and does it same old trample [sic] all over what was promised because frankly, they’re more scared of their masters than artists on their rosters.”
On a positive note, Corgan has also posted photos of the Adore box set which you can see on the website for Madame Zuzu’s, his Highland Park, IL tea shop. Inside of it, you’ll find 107 tracks over a six CD/DVD format, rarities, demos, and outtakes, as well as a 1998 live show from Atlanta’s Fox Theater.