"Youíve talked about other 90ís bands being sellouts, is doing a re-release of your back catalogue a sell out move?
Thatís a dumb question. Thatís one of those set up, journalist dumb questions. Come on Iím 45, youíve got to do a little better than that one."
I like the response, because it's obviously a stupid question. Doing oldies tours and re-issuing better a quality of existing music when the old stuff can get torrented in 2 minutes are obviously completely different things.
I don't think it's that dumb, and Billy being so defensive makes his sometimes (almost always) contentious view points sound like he can dish it but can't take it. Being challenged is cool.
You definitely bring up some valid and thought-provoking points. My initial though was "hell yeah...remixed Machina," but you definitely bring up some ideas.
1. Bizarre 2012 mix: Definitely a concern. For exhibit A see Kerry's remix of "Starla" from the Gish reissue.
2. I certainly must admit part of the allure of Machina for me when it came out was the complete difference between the two. Hearing the dense layers of machines of god and the lo-fi, at time bootleg, quality of Machina II opposed each other, yet somehow worked perfectly together.
I guess I can just stick with the idea that if Billy releases both of them it's fine, but it does bring up some interesting points. On The Lucky 13 thread, it was mentioned how there are some re-recorded Adore tracks with Jimmy on drums, but Billy has chosen not to release them because it brings up the issue of what the definitive version of "Adore" is. Is it the experimental album that set the band down their current career path, or would it be the version with Jimmy rcokin' the skins? I guess this is the same kind of thing. Which Machina would be definitive? The ones we have heard for 12 years now, or the way that conforms to how Billy initially saw them laid out?
Well, in my opinion the original releases will always be definitive given their place in the band's history. Anything Corgan does now, regardless of how true it is to whatever his "original vision" was will bring the 13-14 years he's lived since to the table, thus making it the 2013 version.
It just seems... wrong to tamper with it. It is what it is. Circumstance had Jimmy kicked out of the band, which led to Adore... the record company shat down Corgan's throat and wouldn't allow him to release Machina as a double record (a fucking crime, no doubt), and it led to Machina 1 and 2. Circumstance moulded those records as much as vision, and sometimes that's just as important. I don't need "pure Corgan vision". That shit just gets you Owata and Widow.