Single is first to be taken from album 'Monuments to an Elegy'
The Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled a new video for ‘Being Beige’, the first single to be taken from their latest album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’.
The video features a close-up of Billy Corgan singing spliced with shots of the moon and two naked twins on fire as they sit on a rock that floats over the ocean. Watch the full video.
The Smashing Pumpkins will release ‘Day For Night’, the follow up to ‘Monuments to an Elegy’, later this year. Last month, Billy Corgan revealed he has altered plans for the new album, which he said would be more rock-oriented.
“Before ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ was released, the plan was to take ‘Day For Night’ in an experimental direction,” Corgan said. “I was thinking ‘I’ll make a pop record, then I’ll make a weird, arty record.’ But, seeing ‘Monuments…’ come out and going to back the ‘Day For Night’ demos, I feel that The Smashing Pumpkins shouldn’t be an arty band anymore.”
He continued: “I think the 14-year-old me would say that ‘Monuments…’ is a little bit too comfortable. ‘Day For Night’ is going back to something that would appeal to my teenage self. ‘Monuments…’ is really cool and I love having re-embraced my pop leanings. But is that why I really started the band? Is it what drove me forward? Not at all. ‘Monuments…’ is me solving a problem of how to get The Smashing Pumpkins back into the mainstream. I had to solve that problem before I can solve problem two, which is where ‘Day For Night’ comes in. That’s why I’d thought ‘I’ll do the thing I should do, then I’ll do the thing I want to do.’ But now what I want to do is kick people out of the way.”