Movie soundtracks can act as time capsules, and there is, perhaps, no greater time capsule of the early 1990s than the soundtrack of Singles. (Seriously…check out the track list.) Considering that, it’s odd there hasn’t been any anniversary version of the soundtrack releases. Turns out, Billy Corgan has something to do with that.
Per Alternative Nation, Corgan took part in a fan VIP Q&A in Atlanta when the soundtrack got brought up, and he had a bone to pick with Epic Records who put the kybosh on the Smashing Pumpkins single “Drown” and pushed the Alice In Chains track “Would,” despite “Drown” gaining popularity on radio:
“That’s classic record company, you would think: ‘Hey, you’ve got this soundtrack. You’ve got two songs working radio, you’re going to sell way more soundtracks.’ They killed our single to make sure that it wouldn’t hurt Alice In Chains’ thing. I can’t complain, because I love Alice In Chains, and I’m friends with Jerry [Cantrell], and it’s all good, but what I’m saying that’s the kind of stuff nobody ever hears about. Where actually, in the old record business, and they still do it, you’ll kill something where it makes no sense. Why would you kill something that it is working, and working with the public? So that song actually didn’t become as big as it would have become because the record company that held the copyright killed it. So my only revenge was when they came back 20 years later and they wanted to do the reissue of it, and they asked for their demo, and I told them to fuck off. Slight revenge, I took money out of my own pocket, but that’s the way it goes.”
If there’s one thing you learn today, it’s this, Billy Corgan is like an elephant; he never forgets.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.