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Smashing Pumpkins Get Weird With ‘Owata’ Video And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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The Smashing Pumpkins have been a complicated act to explain over the past few years. There’s the lack of original members, 44 song album ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’, and the new album within that album; Oceania. Now comes the difficult task of explaining their new video centered on the world of women’s wrestling and their ‘Oceania’ promo starring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar…what?  

Billy Corgan’s 44 song album titled ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ is an unusual project. The songs have all been released for free, one at a time on the band’s website. The next part of that project is a separate 12 song album called ‘Oceania’, yes, an album within an album. Just when you thought that sounded confusing, try figuring out the promo spot for the album (which you can see below) featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slam dunking a pumpkin.

The last song that will be released prior to ‘Oceania’ is called ‘Owata’ and is available now via SP’s website. Instead of going the conventional route and shooting a video that actually fits the song, Corgan attached the tune to a 12 minute documentary about women’s underground wrestling. The combination of the two doesn’t make much sense, but not much about the Pumpkins does these days.

Corgan has outed himself as a fan of female wrestling before, a song the band released in 2008 named ‘G.L.O.W.’ was said to be an acronym for ‘Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling’. Their MTV ‘World Stage’ special, that airs occasionally on Palladia, features a live performance from the band in Mexico City. In the middle of the song ‘Disarm’, Corgan is attacked by Mexican professional wrestlers in a staged sequence that comes off as kind of lame (much like the videos below).

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