Though it’s not Smashing Pumpkins’ most critically acclaimed album, Zeitgeist proved to be a turning point for the band (who starred in AP 61, by the way). And the production of the album was unique from other creations at the time. For the 10-year anniversary of Zeitgeist, here are 10 things you might not have known about the album released on July 10, 2007.
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1. Last album with Jimmy
Zeitgeist was the Smashing Pumpkins’ last album to be produced with original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Chamberlin had a complicated relationship with singer Billy Corgan: Though Corgan has said in past interviews that he fired Chamberlin from the band due to drug issues and fights, Chamberlin said that he quit.
Their relationship is epitomized by a quote Corgan gave in an interview with Uncut: “We played like we were on fire, we broke each other, we broke everything near us, so the audience can sit in a comfortable chair and go, ‘Oh, that’s kind of interesting. Look at those two boys setting themselves on fire.’ I didn’t have to explain myself to him.”
Chamberlin rejoined the band in 2015 for their End Times Tour.
2. Influences of Pink Floyd
The band took a lesson from Pink Floyd in this album, particularly in the drum part for “United States.” Hear the band talk about the creation of the song at 3:55 in this interview above with Sirius XM.
3. Drums in “United States” were recorded in one take
In this 10-minute song, all of the drums were recorded in one take. Chamberlin’s got some stamina.
4. Analog recording
The Smashing Pumpkins used analog recording for Zeitgeist, with a reel-to-reel tape machine. In a promotional video for the album, Corgan said that v ery little editing was done for the album and no computers were involved.
5. Corgan regrets the album
Zeitgeist got mixed reviews, and Corgan admitted to being disappointed with the result and the crowd response. In an interview with The Denver Post, he said, “The failure of Zeitgeist to connect emotionally with people is what really hurts my soul, and I kick myself that I didn’t do a better job of translating what I wanted to translate.”