SPfreaks 2012

Article by The SPfreaks Team

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Again, what a remarkable year for Smashing Pumpkins fans!  We saw the release of a long awaited follow up to Zeitgeist.  The album, Oceania, is the first album to incorporate recordings from the post 2009 line-up after Jimmy Chamberlin left the band in March 2009.  It was well received by the public and has convinced the band to continue to push forward with plans to release another album already in motion.  Exciting news!

We also saw two of our favorite releases re-mastered and reissued; Pisces Iscariot and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  Both releases contained an abundance of bonus material and re-imagined artwork. The winner of our contest “Your World of Mellon Collie” is now enjoying the deluxe reissue of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  Congratulations!

For our part, The SPfreaks Team was able to become more of a presence in the social networking world.  We were able to increase our site visits nearly 150%, simply by reaching out to the community across multiple platforms.  We were able to support the international community by searching, finding, purchasing, and shipping the exclusive Target US-only Celestials 7” with bonus shirt to countries all over the world.  We provided these items at cost, and even provided a few freebies here and there.  We have begun to assemble an elite cast of writers to author articles of differing interests and research.  One of the biggest articles from 2012 revolved around a band that Billy Corgan started with Greg Bates called Coat of Eyes.  A truly remarkable demo tape surfaced, providing song titles and an inside look at this pre-Pumpkins time period. 

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Last but not least, we’d like to highlight not just one, but three impossibly rare releases acquired by some lucky SPfreaks members this year:  First, the almost mythical French Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness promotional 2 CD issued by Delabel.  This was last seen for sale some 5 or 6 year ago and went unnoticed (and cheap!) to an unknown collector.  We were only able to grab some low-fidelity scans of this release to document its existence before it disappeared again.  Rest assured, once received, we will provide appropriate scans that a rare release of this magnitude deserves.

Second, an internal acetate promotional CD was discovered that contained all the mixes of Perfect by Puff Daddy.  These are already widely available you say?  Well the CD also contains Puffy remixes of Ava Adore as well!!!  They have always been rumored, but only confirmed some 14 years after their creation.  For more information on this one-of-a-kind release, please review Collecting to the Extreme, Episode 7.

Third, one of our collectors was kind enough to share pictures of a truly one of a kind possession.  The moon and earth props used in the Tonight, Tonight video!  Obtaining these items was no easy task, but nothing worth obtaining ever is.  Even the hardcore collectors who have almost everything have to sit back in awe at some of the items that have been found in this past year alone.  It’s a great time to be a Smashing Pumpkins fan, and even better if you are a collector of the band’s memorabilia.

At its core, this is what SPfreaks is all about; the community and a communal support for everyone involved.  We need you, and always will!  Help us enjoy and chronicle our favorite band into 2013.  Thanks to the SPfreaks Team for a wonderful year.  Let’s keep it going and rock on!

Looking for writers

Article by The SPfreaks Team

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SPfreaks.com needs your help to fill our new WordPress blog with articles. If possible, we want to get in touch with Smashing Pumpkins fans/writers, and see if they are willing to have their articles, after a little review and editing process, to be published on SPfreaks WordPress.

Next to that, a few years ago, Smashing Pumpkins asked fans to cooperate in a writing contest, and several of those fans were chosen to write on behalf of SmashingPumpkins.com. Unfortunately, after a while, the setup of the website of the band was changed and the writers concept did not come back. Also, there is no Online Archive where we can find and read those well written articles again. We want to host those articles, and this time forever, on SPfreaks WordPress.

While we appreciate all submissions, it will ultimately be up to the discretion of The SPfreaks Team to decide what articles are hosted at SPfreaks WordPress. We presume there are no copyright issues, but we are not sure. Who knows more? Who wants to submit his/her old SP.com article(s) to us? Please contact us at TheSPfreaksTeam.

Thanks for your help, fellow Smashing Pumpkins freaks!

The SPfreaks Team back on Twitter

Update by Arthur Van Pelt

The SPfreaks Team was present on Twitter already for a while, but it never really jumped off. Since a few days some of our friends, mainly based in the U.S.A., are trying to revitalize The SPfreaks Team Twitter account, and we surely are very curious where this is going in the near future. So, to all tweeting Smashing Pumpkins fans: make sure you follow all SPfreaks Team updates on Twitter!

Good luck, guys!

Happy New Year !!!

Announcement by The SPfreaks Team

Poster Paard

Last year, we ended with that one-of-a-kind German vinyl test pressing for Tristessa. This year we’re putting the spotlight on another very rare European Smashing Pumpkins item. Not as unique as the vinyl test pressing though. On the left, an almost spotless 1992 Dutch tour poster that was found on eBay very recently. With these kind of items, you have to realize that only a few dozen of these posters were made in the early days of Smashing Pumpkins, in a period when they were rather unknown still. Almost all of them were used back then, and got subsequently destroyed. This poster however, found it’s way into someone’s collection. Discuss your SP fandom or your SP collection on our Forum, if you like!

In the meantime, SPfreaks.com wishes you a rocking 2010…

What will the future bring, now Jimmy has left?

Update by Arthur van Pelt

Last Sunday, an important meeting was scheduled in Amsterdam (NL) between representitives of SPFC, Starla, SPLRA and SPfreaks. All wellknown, large, and highly respected fansites of the Smashing Pumpkins. One of the topics was, of course, Jimmy Chamberlin leaving the band. What will the future bring? How will the new band survive the times? And what should the fansites do?

Based on hot information we got from insiders to the band, we decided to join efforts and start all over under a new name, just like Billy Corgan is doing as we speak. Help us with this new development, and discuss this matter on our forum here!

Update – Please be notified that this is an April Fools Day joke.

Today: US Independence Day, SPfreaks Forum Day

Fourth of July: United States of America, declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776. Same date 231 years later, the SPfreaks team has finished the work on the SPforum. It’s live, people. Follow the SPforum link in the SITEMAP, register, and… have fun everybody! But please read the forum rules in the Announcement section first, ok?