Pumpkins Sue Over Credibility

Claiming that Virgin Records’ use of Smashing Pumpkins songs in various promotional deals has damaged the band’s artistic credibility, the Smashing Pumpkins filed suit against their label for unspecified damages and an injunction to stop the label from future deals.

The band claims that the label is not authorized to make these sorts of deals and that the only active agreement they have is to allow Virgin to sell digital downloads of their music. They say that the unauthorized use of their music in promotions has damaged their credibility with fans and threatens their “artistic integrity.”

“[We’ve] worked hard for over two decades to accumulate a considerable amount of goodwill in the eyes of the public,” the band said in a breach-of-contract suit filed on Monday.

Furthermore, they say they would “never grant such authority to Virgin, or any other entity.”

So, if you hear any Pumpkins songs in future commercials, call the cops.

Question of the day: Do the Pumpkins have any artistic integrity and is it jeopardized by these promotional deals?

Previously: Smashing Pumpkins Giving Up on Albums?; Kid Dies in Pumpkins Pit; Buddyhead Gossip Update

3 thoughts on “Pumpkins Sue Over Credibility”

  1. They lost their artistic integrity when they released an album with neither James Iha nor Darcy Wretzky. They lost the pubic goodwill when they issued exclusive bonus tracks to Best Buy, Target, and iTunes.

    Silly Billy. He’s just pissed Virgin’s not paying him.

  2. What Jake said.

    For real: Smashing Pumpkins haven’t been on my radar screen since Siamese Dream, or around the same time when Corgan started considering things like the band’s “artistic integrity.”

    I want to be the guy that meets him and goes “And you are…Bill Corgan? The sausage king of Chicago?”

  3. I also think Billy Corgan is an attention whore…this pining about their supposed artistic integrity is probably an attempt to convince people they still have some…

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