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."