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Billy Corgan Explains His Revenge On Record Label: Smashing Pumpkins News

08/11/2015
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(Classic Rock) Billy Corgan says he refused to go along with a planned reissue of the soundtrack for classic 90s film Singles. The Smashing Pumpkins mainman says he took his revenge on Epic records after they apparently buried the band's track Drown on the 1992 release, which also features songs by Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell and Screaming Trees.

Drown was getting airplay and was set to be the Pumpkins' breakthrough track, before the release of 1993's Siamese Dream. When the label approached Corgan about a reissue 20 years after the original soundtrack's release, he told them to "f*** off," Alternative Nation reports.

Corgan says: We put the song Drown on there. They were pushing Alice In Chains' song Would which is a classic, it's a great song. They were pushing that, but Drown actually started to get traction at radio, it was actually our first song that had momentum at radio, and Epic killed the song, because they didn't want it to take away from Alice In Chains.

He continues: "My only revenge was when they came back 20 years later and they wanted to do the reissue of it, and they asked for their demo, and I told them to f*** off. Slight revenge, I took money out of my own pocket, but that's the way it goes." He had a lot more to say on the topic here.

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