Zeitgeist (The Smashing Pumpkins album)

Zeitgeist (The Smashing Pumpkins album)

Infobox Album
Name = Zeitgeist
Type = studio
Artist = The Smashing Pumpkins

Released = start date|2007|7|6
Recorded = August 2006 – February 2007
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 52:22
Label = Reprise
Producer = Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Terry Date, Roy Thomas Baker
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|2|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:jcfoxzu5ldde link]
*Digital Spy Rating|4|5 [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a65132/smashing-pumpkins-zeitgeist.html link]
*Drowned in Sound (5/10) [http://www.drownedinsound.com/release/view/10166 link]
*"Entertainment Weekly" (B) [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20044817,00.html link]
*IGN (6.9/10) [http://music.ign.com/articles/802/802105p1.html link]
*"NME" (5/10) [http://www.nme.com/reviews/8751 link]
*Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) [http://pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/44083-zeitgeist link]
*PopMatters (8/10) [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/reviews/43607/smashing-pumpkins-zeitgeist/ link]
* Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau|dud [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=smashing+pumpkins link]
*"Rolling Stone" Rating|4|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/15237933/review/15523986/zeitgeist link]
*"The Guardian" Rating|2|5 [http://music.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,,2119334,00.html link]
*Ultimate Guitar (6.8/10) [http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/compact_discs/smashing_pumpkins/zeitgeist/index.html link]
*Uncut Rating|4|5 [http://www.uncut.co.uk/music/smashing_pumpkins/reviews/9960 link]
*Yahoo! Music (6/10) [http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/070718/33/21eh7.html link]
Last album = "Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music"
This album = "Zeitgeist"
Next album = "American Gothic EP"
Misc = Singles
Name = Zeitgeist
Type = studio
Single 1 = Tarantula
Single 1 date = start date|2007|5|21 (iTunes)
Single 2 = Doomsday Clock
Single 2 date = start date|2007|7|3 Digital Only
Single 3 = That's the Way (My Love Is)
Single 3 date = start date|2007|9|10

"Zeitgeist" is the seventh studio album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. "Zeitgeist" was released on July 6, 2007 in certain countries and on July 10, 2007cite web |url=http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ |title=SMASHING PUMPKINS |accessdate=2007-05-16 |format= |work= ] in the United States and Canada. It is the first studio album The Smashing Pumpkins have released since their 2000 disbandment and 2005 reunion. The album was produced by Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Terry Date, and Roy Thomas Baker, and was recorded entirely by Corgan and Chamberlin.

Corgan indicated that, with "Zeitgeist", he wanted to make a mainstream rock record, comment on the political climate of the United States, and explore the nature of the band and his friendship with Chamberlin. The album was met with mixed reviews and a strong debut, but it quickly slid down the charts. It was certified Gold in the United States on February 1 2008.cite web |url=http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/news_2973 |title=Zeitgeist goes gold |date=2008-01-01 |accessdate=2008-02-01 ]


After the Smashing Pumpkins disbanded in 2000, Corgan and Chamberlin reunited for the short lived supergroup Zwan, also featuring members of Slint, Chavez, and A Perfect Circle. The group released one album, "Mary Star of the Sea", before dissolving in 2003. Chamberlin then formed The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, while Corgan would focus on a solo album. On June 21, 2005, the day of the release of his album "TheFutureEmbrace", Corgan took out full-page advertisements in the "Chicago Tribune" and "Chicago Sun-Times" to announce that he had "made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins."Corgan, Billy. "A Message to Chicago from Billy Corgan", "Chicago Tribune", June 21, 2005.] Chamberlin soon announced that he would be rejoining the band, and the two began living together in north Scottsdale, Arizona in November 2005, writing and rehearsing new songs. Within three weeks of practicing, the pair decided they had recaptured the sound of the band and prepared to record a new album.Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan. Audience Q&A, Gotischer Saal, Zitadelle Spandau; Berlin, DE "Interview". 2007/06/05]

On April 20, 2006, the band's website confirmed that the band had reunited and started work on a new album. [cite web | author=Kaufman, Gil | date=2006-04-21| title= Smashing Pumpkins Site Says "It's Official"—Band Has Reunited | publisher= MTV.com | url= http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1529202/20060421/smashing_pumpkins.jhtml?headlines=true | accessdate=2006-06-28] The website later announced that the new album would be produced by Roy Thomas Baker. [cite web | date=2006-08-16| title= For The Record: Quick News On Smashing Pumpkins, Britney Spears, Kevin Federline, Madonna, Guns N' Roses & More | publisher= MTV.com | url= http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1538686/20060816/story.jhtml | accessdate=2006-08-23] Corgan and Chamberlin were verified as participants in the reunion, but there was question as to whether other former members of the band would participate. In April 2007, Iha and Auf der Maur separately confirmed that they were not taking part in the reunion. [cite web | author=Goodman, Elizabeth | date= 2007-04-06 | title= Exclusive: James Iha Speaks Out Regarding His Involvement in Pumpkins Reunion | publisher= RollingStone.com | url= http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/04/06/exclusive-james-iha-speaks-out-regarding-his-involvement-in-pumpkins-reunion | accessdate= 2007-04-06] [cite web | date= 2007-04-23 | title= Movers and Shakers in Canadian Arts | publisher=TheGlobeAndMail.com |url= http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070423.NUBIZ23/TPStory/TPEntertainment/Music/ | accessdate= 2007-04-23]


With the other two band members absent, Corgan and Chamberlin decided to record the album alone, which Corgan claims is not a serious departure from previous Pumpkins albums.cite video
people = Chamberlin, Jimmy and Billy Corgan. (Interview subjects)
date2 = 2007-10-30
title = Inside the Zeitgeist
medium = DVD
publisher = Reprise Records
] After the songs were finalized, Chamberlin laid down all of the drum tracks. Notably, the drums for the ten-minute track "United States" were recorded in one take.cite press release
title = Inside Smashing Pumpkins: "Zeitgeist"
publisher = FMQB Productions & Reprise Records
date= July 2007
url = http://www.fmqbproductions.com/broadcasts/2007/smashingpumpkins/
format = Audio
language = English
accessdate = 2007-07-27
] After the drums were complete, Chamberlin began the process of interviewing prospective touring band members, while Corgan went about recording the guitar, bass, keyboard, and vocal parts. Chamberlin described the recording sessions as a "long laborious process to greatness". For the first time on a Pumpkins record, Chamberlin served as one of the producers, and was present and influential through much more of the recording process than he typically has been.Micallef, Ken. "The Evolution of Jimmy Chamberlin: Still Smashing!" Modern Drummer, November 2007.]

The band's insistence on recording live to tape, without click tracks or editing, was met with distaste by most producers they spoke to.cite episode
title = Smashing Pumpkins
episodelink =
series = XM Artist Confidential
serieslink =
airdate = 2007-07-10
season =
number = 64
] One executive at Reprise suggested using "American Idiot" producer Rob Cavallo, in the name of commercial success. The band held out until they met someone willing to record analog, and with the right energy and philosophy, eventually choosing producer Roy Thomas Baker, who they considered "a real soul mate." Terry Date also contributed, and, according to Corgan, Date's production style helped the songs "resonate on a physical level".Thomas, Richard. "Signal to Noise: The Sonic Diary of the Smashing Pumpkins". EQ Magazine. October 2008.] The album was largely recorded in the home studio of former Catherine drummer (and D'arcy's ex-husband) Kerry Brown, on the same 24-track tape recorder that 1995's "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" was recorded on—in fact, no computers whatsoever were used for the recording of the album. [cite video
people = Chamberlin, Jimmy and Billy Corgan. (Interview subjects)
date2 = 2007
title = MSN In Concert: The Smashing Pumpkins
url = http://music.msn.com/smashingpumpkins?GT1=10585
publisher = Reprise Records, MSN Music
] As with the other Pumpkins albums, "Zeitgeist" was recorded in twelve-hour days, six or seven days a week, until it was finished. The mixing process also differed from previous albums'. According to Baker, "everything had sort of an on/off switch. So instead of having various degrees of volumes, we'd have the approach of, 'It's either on or it's not'".


Jimmy Chamberlin explained the Pumpkins' goals for the album:

Billy Corgan said the albums' goals were threefold—to make an accessible, mainstream rock record, to comment on the "emerging fascist" political climate of the United States, and to explore the nature of his band and his friendship with Chamberlin. Although Corgan has, in the past, said a political slant from the Pumpkins would be "not right",Marks, Craig. " [http://blamo.org/newsarchive.php?id=1526 Zero Worship] ." Spin Magazine: June 1996.] "Zeitgeist" stands as the most overtly political work ever released by the band or Corgan himself, which Chamberlin attributes to the band's interest in the music and life of Fela Kuti.

Corgan's mantra for the album's rhythm parts was "Shuffle!", which Jimmy Chamberlin resisted, but which eventually resulted in two songs on the albums with shuffle beats.cite video
people = Chamberlin, Jimmy and Billy Corgan. (Interview subjects)
year2 = 2007
title = Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist Track by Track
url = http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=15248145
format = Flash Video
medium =
publisher = Reprise Records
accessdate = 2007-10-04

The album is among the heavier releases by the Pumpkins. Corgan attributes this to his perception that "people wanted to hear some energy, that they didn’t want us rolling over and crying in our milk".cite episode
title = Interview with Smashing Pumpkins
episodelink =
series = BBC Radio 1 - Zane Lowe
serieslink = http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/zanelowe/index.shtml
airdate = 2008-02-13
season =
number =
] He compared the mindset of the record to that of "Gish", which was to make a statement without trying to make the next "The Wall". Regarding the aggressive drumming on the album, Chamberlin observes that "the world is ready for something with some balls behind it."

The album has prominent vocal overdubs - nearly every song has multiple layers of Corgan's voice, a decision brought about by Baker's operatic production style as well as the knowledge that the new touring members would be able to sing harmonies.

The song "Bleeding the Orchid," about the commercial exploitation of the early-90s alternative rock movement, was deliberately styled after the music of Alice in Chains, a band that Corgan now greatly admires. "Pomp and Circumstances" was set to have string arrangements by Danny Elfman, but when he amicably withdrew from the project, the band decided to create its own synthesized orchestration.

Development and promotion

In early December 2006, four alleged demos from the sessions were released on file-sharing networks, though these were revealed to be a hoax. "Spin" later reported that they were recordings by British band Amy Blue, where the band's frontman, Simon Chatterman, said that his band had been "toying with the idea of pissing off a few file sharers" and "thought it would be funny to upload [their] EP as the Smashing Pumpkins and [with titles] from Corgan's poetry book, "Blinking with Fists"." [cite web | url = http://www.spin.com/features/news/2006/12/061211_amyblue | author = Goodman, William | title = Exclusive: Smashing Pumpkins Imposters Unmasked? | format = http | publisher = Spin.com | date = 2006-12-11 | accessdate = 2007-02-01]

On April 20, 2007, the official track listing was announced.cite web | url = http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003574560 | author = Cohen, Jonathan | title = Smashing Pumpkins Settle On 'Zeitgeist' Track List | publisher = Billboard | date = 2007-04-20 | accessdate = 2007-05-10] "Tarantula" was announced and released as the album's first single on May 23, 2007. [cite web | url = http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=72850 | title = SMASHING PUMPKINS: Full-Length 'Tarantula' Stream Available | publisher = blabbermouth.net | accessdate = 2008-02-02] The track "Doomsday Clock" appeared on the of the film "Transformers". On June 19, 2007, the track was released to iTunes. [cite web | url = http://au.music.ign.com/articles/794/794821p1.html | author = IGN Music | title = Transformers Soundtrack Hits July 3rd | format = http | publisher = IGN.com | date = 2007-06-07 | accessdate = 2007-06-09] On July 2, 2007, the entire album was posted on Muchmusic for free streaming. [cite web | url = http://www.muchmusic.com/music/firstspin/smashingpumpkins/ | title = First Spin: Smashing Pumpkins | publisher = MuchMusic.com | accessdate = 2007-07-13]


Prior to the album's release, the reunited Smashing Pumpkins made their debut performing live for the first time on May 22, 2007 in Paris, France. There, the band unveiled new members Jeff Schroeder and Ginger Reyes, who took over lead guitarist and bassist duties, respectively. Lisa Harriton completed the line-up on keyboards and vocals. [cite web | author=Cohen, Jonathan | date= 2007-04-22 | title=Smashing Pumpkins Return To The Stage In Paris | publisher=Billboard.com | url= http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003588876 | accessdate= 2007-07-22]

Finishing their debut leg in Europe in June 2007, the band would continue touring, repeatedly jump between Europe and North America. The band returned stateside for an American leg of their tour kicked off with a sold-out, nine-day residency at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina, on June 23, 2007.cite web |title=TOUR | publisher=smashingpumpkins.com |url=http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/tour |accessdate= 2008-02-02] A similar residency at The Fillmore was chronicled for the DVD "If All Goes Wrong". The tour would also include an appearance at Al Gore's Live Earth festival on July 7, 2007, three days before the North American release of the album. [cite web |url=http://www.spinner.com/2007/07/07/smashing-pumpkins-propel-live-earth-to-the-zeitgeist/ |title=Smashing Pumpkins Propel Live Earth Into the 'Zeitgeist' |accessdate=2008-02-02 |author=Melissa Olund |date=2007-07-07 |publisher=Spinner] Europe would see the Pumpkins return on another European leg on August 12, 2007, in Stockholm, Sweden and when the band headlined Reading and Leeds festivals on the August bank holiday weekend of 2007 in England. The Pumpkins returned in September 2007 to play shows in the U.S. and Canada, and continued until mid-November. On January 28, 2008, the band returned to Europe to play shows in the Czech Republic and Austria and playing their first Belfast performance in February. They later went on to perform at London's O2 Arena in England, each show attracted a sell out crowd with the London concert attracting over 20,000 people to the O2.cite web |date=2008-01-18 |title=Smashing Pumpkins preparing for 2008 tour | publisher=smashingpumpkins.com |url=http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/news_2926 |accessdate= 2008-02-02] [cite web |date=2008-01-31 |title=Setlist for Austria show... early! | publisher=smashingpumpkins.com |url=http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/news_2972 |accessdate=2008-02-02 ] Apart from Europe, the band co-headlined the 2008 V Festival in Australia, and played 3 gigs in New Zealand. [cite web |date=2007-11-30 |title=Smashing Pumpkins headed to Australia in 2008 | publisher=smashingpumpkins.com |url=http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/news_2772 |accessdate=2008-02-02 ] [cite web |date=2008-01-31 |title=Smashing Pumpkins coming to NZ | publisher=NewstalkZB |url=http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=131494 |accessdate=2008-02-02 ]

Release and reception

"Zeitgeist" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 145,000 copies in its first week. [cite web | author=Hasty, Katie | date= 2007-07-18 | title=T.I. Holds Off Pumpkins, Interpol To Remain No. 1 | publisher=Billboard.com | url= http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003613204 | accessdate= 2007-08-10] It also reached the top spots on "Billboard's" Internet Albums and Rock Albums charts in its first week, and hit the top 10 in Canada (#1), New Zealand (#1), the U.K. (#4), Germany (#7), Australia (#7), and other countries. [cite web | title=Pumpkins debut at #2 on Billboard Top 200! | publisher=Smashing Pumpkins | url=http://smashingpumpkins.com/news_1426 | accessdate= 2007-07-25] The album also topped the United World Chart for one week. The album was certified gold by the RIAA with 500,000 copies shipped as of February 1, 2008, somewhat below past sales figures.cite web| url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000910139| title=Ask Billboard| publisher="Billboard"| date=2005-05-04| accessdate=2007-10-05] [cite web| url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000965429| author=Cohen, Jonathon| title=Smashing Pumpkins To Reunite?| publisher="Billboard"| date=2005-06-21| accessdate=2007-10-05] cite web| url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1450605/20011108/jackson_michael.jhtml| title=Calling All Chart Freaks: Michael, Lenny, Bush Under The Microscope| author=Basham, David| publisher=MTV.com| date=2001-11-08| accessdate=2007-08-06]

"Zeitgeist" has received mixed reviews, indicated by a score of 59/100 on Metacritic. [cite web | title=The Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist (2007): Reviews | publisher=Metacritic.com | url= http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/smashingpumpkins/zeitgeist | accessdate= 2007-07-13] Some negative criticism of the album has stemmed from the absence of half of the original lineup, with Pitchfork Media's Rob Mitchum suggesting the name was revived for "cash or attention or both." [cite web | author=Mitchum, Rob | title=Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist: Pitchfork Record Review | publisher=Pitchfork Media | url= http://pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/44083-zeitgeist | date=2007-07-09 | accessdate= 2007-07-15] "Q"'s Paul Rees commented that "at least half of Zeitgeist is made up of grinding songs that amount to riffs, pummelling and little else," and that "Zeitgeist"'s emotional range is "limited and wearing", but praised Chamberlin's drumming, stating that he "remains one of the most powerful drummers in rock." [Rees, Paul. "Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist". "Q" #253. August 2007.] In addition, "Modern Drummer" proclaimed that the album contains "Chamberlin's greatest drumming ever put to CD."

However, the album has garnered higher marks from other sources, including ratings of 4/5 from "Rolling Stone", "The Village Voice", and "Uncut". Positive reviews have downplayed the personnel changes, pointing out Corgan's dominance over songwriting and music throughout the band's history. The album was praised by April Long of "Uncut" for its energy and retention of the Pumpkins' "signature goth-metal-shoegaze sound." [cite web | title=Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist - Review - Uncut.co.uk | publisher=Uncut | url= http://www.uncut.co.uk/music/smashing_pumpkins/reviews/9960 | accessdate= 2007-07-15] This album was #43 on "Rolling Stone"'s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. [Christgau, Robert; Fricke, David; Hoard, Christian; Sheffield, Rob (December 17, 2007). [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17601851/the_top_50_albums_of_2007/43 "The Top 50 Albums of 2007"] "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2007-12-20.]

The album divided the Pumpkins' fanbase. Corgan would later admit, "I know a lot of our fans are puzzled by "Zeitgeist". I think they wanted this massive, grandiose work, but you don't just roll out of bed after seven years without a functioning band and go back to doing that".


On May 6 2007, four photographs of the album booklet artwork were leaked on Netphoria, a Smashing Pumpkins fan message board. The band management soon released a statement to the media stating the photos are "stolen goods" that should not be posted on the Internet. [cite web | url = http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/42825-smashing-pumpkins-robbed-thieves-jailed | author = Phillips, Amy | title = Smashing Pumpkins Robbed, Thieves Jailed | publisher = Pitchfork Media | date = 2007-05-08 | accessdate = 2007-05-10] Later in the week, the alleged thieves were identified as Joshua Kuhl and Simon Brown, both 21. The Chicago Police announced that 39 photographs and three guitar picks were stolen, although only 4-6 of those photographs were leaked online. The two were held on $100,000 bond. [cite web | url = http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1559151/20070509/smashing_pumpkins.jhtml | author = Kaufman, Gil | title = Smashing Pumpkins Robbed — Plus, Has New Lineup Already Been Revealed? | publisher = MTV News | date = 2007-05-09 | accessdate = 2007-05-10] Asked about the band's predicament, a Chicago Police officer commented, "They were pissed." [cite web | url = http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/smashing%20pumpkins%20thieves%20charged_1030475 | title = Smashing Pumpkins Thieves Charged | publisher = Contact Music | date = 2007-05-09 | accessdate = 2007-05-10]

On May 16, 2007 the band's official website published an official album cover made by Obey Giant graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey: a red, black and white illustration of a drowning Statue of Liberty, positioned in front of the sun that is setting/rising. Fairey, whose credits include creating anti-war posters and the poster art for the feature film "Walk the Line", commented on the album cover:

I think global warming is an issue that is currently relevant, time sensitive, and a symptom of the shortsightedness of the U.S. As a broader metaphor, the drowning Statue of Liberty, a revered icon of the U.S., symbolizes the eminent demise of many of the ideals upon which the nation was founded. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have been decreasing since 9/11. The sun in the image could either be setting or rising and this ambiguity shows that there is still hope to turn things around... The U.S. is the dominant global force. When things are going wrong in the U.S. they are probably going wrong around the world. I think this image conveys both the U.S. situation and its larger global implications.cite web | url = http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/8609/.html | title = The Smashing Pumpkins team with Shepard Fairey for Zeitgeist cover. | publisher = The Gauntlet | date = 2007-05-16 | accessdate = 2007-05-16]

Billy Corgan commented, "Like a great artist can do, Shepard had summed up very simply a lot of complex themes. He also used the type font from our very first single, and I asked him about it and he had no idea. He was just on point." Fairey also remarked "I use red frequently because it is a visually powerful, emotionally potent color. Red gets people's attention. In this case there is the added possibility that the red liquid could be blood, giving it an even more sinister sense of foreboding." [cite web | url = http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003585592 | title = Smashing Pumpkins Unveil 'Zeitgeist' Artwork | author = Cohen, Jonathan | publisher = "Billboard" | date = 2007-05-16 | accessdate = 2007-08-06] The red color of the artwork was changed for most of the special edition releases.

Track listing

All tracks written by Billy Corgan.

# "Doomsday Clock" – 3:44
# "7 Shades of Black" – 3:17
# "Bleeding the Orchid" – 4:03
# "That's the Way (My Love Is)" – 3:48
# "Tarantula" – 3:51
# "Starz" – 3:43
# "United States" – 9:53
# "Neverlost" – 4:20
# "Bring the Light" – 3:40
# "(Come On) Let's Go!" – 3:19
# "For God and Country" – 4:24
# "Pomp and Circumstances" – 4:21

;Bonus tracks:

  • "Death from Above" – 4:06
  • "Stellar" – 6:22
  • "Zeitgeist" – 2:49

    ;Best Buy reissue:

  • "Death from Above" – 4:06
  • "Neverlost" – 4:20
    # "Stellar" – 6:22
    # "Ma Belle" – 4:08
    # "For God and Country" – 4:24
    # "Pomp and Circumstances" – 4:21

    Alternate versions

    "Zeitgeist" was released in multiple special editions. Three American versions each had a unique bonus track, but were exclusive to iTunes, Best Buy, and Target. This move was criticized by Pitchfork Mediacite web | url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/43795-smashing-pumpkins-to-fans-indie-stores-fuck-you | title=Smashing Pumpkins to Fans, Indie Stores: Fuck You | publisher=Pitchfork Media | accessdate=2007-06-22] and "Rolling Stone".cite web | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2007/06/22/former-beatles-storm-the-charts-lauryn-hill-possibly-eventually-releasing-a-new-album-and-more/
    title=Former Beatles Storm The Charts, Lauryn Hill Possibly Eventually Releasing A New Album, And More | publisher=Rolling Stone | accessdate=2007-06-22
    ] In October 2007, less than four months after the album's release, Best Buy released an exclusive reissue of "Zeitgeist" that included three bonus tracks (one exclusive) and a DVD.cite web | url=http://smashingpumpkins.com/news_2480 | title=Zeitgeist re-release at Best Buy on Tuesday October 30th | publisher=SmashingPumpkins.com | accessdate=2007-10-26] Finally, in January 2008, iTunes released a "Deluxe Edition" that included the "American Gothic" EP." [http://smashingpumpkins.com/news_2846 The Smashing Pumpkins to Release 'American Gothic', a Four-Song Acoustic EP, Digitally on January 2 and at Retail in January Outside the US] ". SmashingPumpkins.com. 2007-12-19. Accessed on 2007-12-19.]


    *The Smashing Pumpkins
    **Billy Corgan – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, producer
    **Jimmy Chamberlin – drums, percussion, producer
    *Terry Date – producer (tracks 4,8,10,11), recording (except tracks 6,9)
    *Roy Thomas Baker – producer and recording (tracks 6,9,12), additional production (tracks 5,12), mixer
    *Bjorn Thorsrud – recording (tracks 1,2,3,5,7,12), mix assistant
    *Vanessa Parr, Noel Zancanella – mix assistants and assistant engineers
    *Chris Owens, Kevin Mills, Alex Pavlides, Zephyrus Sowers, Bo Joe, Davey Rieley – assistant engineers
    *Stephen Marcussen – mastering
    *Bruce Dickson, Justin Corrigan – photo shoot art supervision
    *Christina Wagner – photo shoot producer
    *Matt Taylor – package art direction and design
    *Shepard Fairey – cover art, back cover design
    *Cynthia Obsenares – photo shoot costume design
    *Amber Griffin – photo shoot hair and makeup

    ;Reissue personnel:
    *Kristin Burns – "in studio" photos
    *Linda Strawberry – "in studio" photo-illustrations

    ;"Inside the Zeitgeist" personnel:
    *Will Knapp – editing
    *Jared Paul, Devin Sarno, Rob Gordon – executive producers
    *Janelle Lopez – associate producer
    *Bruce Dickson – studio footage
    *On the Scene Productions, Inc.; Vision Istanbul Prod. Services; Speedway Films – interview footage
    *P.R. Brown – director, "Tarantula" and "That's the Way (My Love Is)" videos
    *Kristin Burns, Lisa Johnson – still photographers


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