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8-bit Smashing Pumpkins

One time, Billy Corgan was standing in front of the Apple store, just sort of hanging out by himself. Corgan had famously abandoned his hometown of Chicago, so it was pretty big news that the prodigal son had returned—this was back when Corgan inexplicably formed Zwan with David Pajo and others—and was now standing in front of the Apple store on Michigan Avenue.

I’d never really listened to the Smashing Pumpkins, but Nik had, and when Nik paused to say hi, Corgan seemed delighted to be recognized. He zealously lunged for Nik’s hand, shook it vigorously, then mine. The guys talked about the 1990s, and I just kind of stood there, bored and cold.

After a few minutes, Corgan looks over at me, and I smile and nod, because I have absolutely fucking nothing to say. I must have seemed really thrilled to be standing in his glow, though, because Corgan says to me: “Are you going to be OK?”

“I’m… fine,” I said, startled. Then I was furious.

Obviously, I am still furious. I WILL BE FINE, BILLY CORGAN. I WILL BE FINE.

Here’s video of Super Smashing Pumpkins Bros. I, II, and III, as hacked together by fans. Tanooki Corgan doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but in this crazy world, what does?

The very best of the three is Smashing Pumpkins III (1:07), because it convincingly recasts members of the Smashing Pumpkins as each of the four characters from SMB2.

2 responses to “8-bit Smashing Pumpkins” »

  1. Jason Gaj. says:

    James Iha = Toad! That is so satisfying.

    Somehow.

  2. Kendra says:

    lol so, so much at Billy Corgan thinking you were stunned by his presence.

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