Billy Corgan posted a new blog on SmashingPumpkinsNexus.com, where he revealed that The Smashing Pumpkins will release “Being Beige” on Monday, the lead single off of their new album Monuments to an Elegy:
With the album set now firmly set for a Dec 9 release, and our first track ‘Being Beige’ premiering on Monday, I’ve jaunted over to one of my favorite cities in the world, Berlin, for a zillion face-to-face interviews.
Berlin holds many memories for me, as SP first played here in 1992. And boy, the Germans weren’t sure what to think of our trip. And I’m not sure they still do, but this round of press has been very supportive of the new album, with lots of kudos handed around. One kind man even told me yesterday that our record was the best he’d heard in 20 years ‘from any band’; not just Pumpkins. Quite a compliment!
Also, Berlin was home for many years to my good friend Rudolph Kicken, who recently passed away from illness. ‘Rudy’ was a visionary, and as an art dealer who specialized in avante-garde photography taught me so much about life. He will be sorely missed, and is as I walk these streets.
So here’s to Rudolph, and all he stood for. I hope to make him proud….
Tomorrow I’m off to London.
Corgan told AlternativeNation.net last month that he expects Monuments to an Elegy to keep up with the changing music landscape, “The album is very in tune to the speed of this generation. Whether or not Generation X wants to be a part of it, we are part of it now. So I just think you’ve got to move at the speed of the world, or you look kind of flat footed and antiquated. I think we’ve found a nice balance of what we do well, and the speed of the world. So it’s hard to talk about, because at the end of the day, people either get it musically, or they don’t. There’s times where I’ve been certain that people would get it, and they don’t, and there’s other times where I thought nobody would get it, and they do. So I’ve learned to kind of not guess on that any more.
I feel like it’s there, and all of the response that I’ve gotten behind the scenes is off the charts. Just a really, really intense response. Things like people saying, ‘This is the record I’ve been waiting for you to make for 15 years.’ That kind of stuff, very grandiose things, but it tells me that we’re on point, in terms of hitting the right note. Because if you made like, ‘Hahaha, Siamese Dream 2,’ people wouldn’t have that response. They wouldn’t see it as current, and I know that from my own list, so it feels current to people that are hearing it.”
The Smashing Pumpkins revealed the artwork for Monuments to an Elegy earlier this week, which you can view below.