Diddy's 1998 Remix of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Ava Adore' Surfaces

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins
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Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins performs on stage at Paradiso on July 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

File this one under "remixes you never thought possible" -- the magic of the internet has treated us to Diddy (then Puff Daddy)'s 1998 remix of the Smashing Pumpkins 1998 hit, "Ava Adore."

This would have been a lot more outrageous had it surfaced in the late '90s, when both artists were producing chart-topping music and their respective genres were more divided than they are now.

But hey, it’s not a bad remix! Turns out Diddy didn’t make any wholesale changes to the track. It hums along at essentially the same tempo, albeit with some strings and dramatic percussion added.

The “Ava Adore” remix appears on the forthcoming six-CD, one-DVD Adore re-release, which drops Sept. 23 via Virgin/UME.

Back in '98, “Ava Adore” peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on Alternative Songs.


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