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Billy Corgan, 'Ogilala'
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Billy Corgan, 'Ogilala'

Corgan was midway through recording a new Smashing Pumpkins LP when he decided to abandon the project and dramatically rethink his career. "My interest in working under the name Smashing Pumpkins is not as interesting to me without the original people involved," he says, possibly teasing a reunion. Instead, he wrote a series of stark songs and recorded them with producer Rick Rubin, using mostly guitar, piano and strings. Corgan says, "Rick Rubin has a special, almost spectral-like quality of getting to the heart of a song in a way that's really unique."

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