If All Goes Wrong…

At least I'll always have Smashing Pumpikins. Certain bands from the 90's will forever be a part of my iPod's simply titled ROCK play list and Smashing Pumpkins is definitely one of them. And it's not just because the Chicago band, formed in 1988, makes some of the coolest, most densely layered music since ever, it's also because they have an interesting backstory. Throughout the course of their 20-year-career, there's been some drama, to say the least. They broke up in 2000 due to the usual--internal fighting and drugs--but, thank the grunge gods, they reunited in 2007. And since their 1991 debut, the brilliant Gish, they've sold over 30 million albums. More multiplatinum awesomeness followed. This you probably know. But what most folks don't know is that the seminal band's current bassist is a Latina called Ginger Reyes! The Mexican-Peruvian Pumpkin, who played in the pop-punk band Halo Friendlies for ten years and is also known as Ginger Sling, joins the band's current line-up of main singer-songwriter and lead guitarist Billy Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, Jeff Schroeder (guitar), and Lisa Harriton (keyboards). You know Corgan had to pick a bad-ass chica to resurrect SP!

The Pumpkins' new two-DVD set titled If All Goes Wrong, contains a 105-minute documentary featuring interviews with band members, fans, journalists and fellow musicians who reveal the fears, excitement, determination, exhaustion and tension inherent in Corgan's newly revitalized musical unit. The second disc is a high-def full concert filmed in late July and early August of 2007 over five of the 11 sold-out nights at the famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. As a bonus, there's an interview with none other than Pete Townsend of The Who. Needless to say, today's pick rocks my world. Oh and Ginger is my new girl crush.

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