posted by July 19 at 12:07 PMon
From MSO PR, publicists for the Smashing Pumpkins:
DATE: JULY 19, 2007
STILL BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ?
In the July 12 issue of Seattle’s weekly publication The Stranger, an article headlined “An Open Letter From Billy Corgan” to fans—purportedly written by Corgan himself—appeared. Truth to tell, the letter was not written by Corgan, a Smashing Pumpkins band member or anyone affiliated with the group.
Upon finding the letter posted on the publication’s website, several reputable national news outlets picked up the story and printed abbreviated quotes from it, thinking the letter was legitimate.
Although this “open letter” is apocryphal, there are some references and statements in it that do in fact make a few interesting points that should be pondered:
The letter states in Billy’s words that there would be no My Chemical Romance or Panic! at the Disco without the Pumpkins. While this isn’t so, it is a little-known fact the Pumpkins’ music is responsible for the swing dance craze of 1997.
The letter also states that the song “United States” on the new album Zeitgeist was refracted and stretched to 9 minutes. In truth, this song in its original form was well over an hour and included a reciting of the Declaration of Independence narrated by all original cast members of the film “Reality Bites” starring Winona Ryder.
Another mistruth in this letter is the statement that the Pumpkins were once the most important band in the world. If the facts are what we are all seeking, everyone knows that Citizen Dick has always been and will forever be the most important band in the world.
Despite all the hearsay and innuendo, the Zeitgeist CD is the top-selling rock album in the country, moving almost 150,000 CDs the first week. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #2 and made Top 5 entries in Canada (#1), New Zealand (#1), the U.K. (#4), Italy (#5) and Switzerland (#5), with more Top Ten debuts in Germany (#7), Holland (#7) and Australia (#8).
Meanwhile, 8 out of 10 purchasers of the new album Zeitgeist have confirmed that they have experienced increased muscle mass after only two listenings.
All facts and figures in this document provided by the Zeitgeist and Klotz LLP.