A previously unreleased Smashing Pumpkins song, “SuperChrist,” will be released on a CD featuring bands staffed by employees of Guitar Center, Billboard.com can reveal.
The album will be available in a limited quantity beginning March 1 at Guitar Center outlets. The members of the Pumpkins chose the acts appearing on the compilation based on submissions from Guitar Center.
“Guitar Center asked us if we would be interested in contributing a song to this compilation of young artists to help draw attention to the bands,” Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan says in a statement released to Billboard.com. “We loved the idea, and think Guitar Center is way ahead of the curve of what is possible between musicians and reaching new audiences.”
“SuperChrist,” which didn’t make the cut for the Pumpkins’ 2007 album “Zeitgeist” but has been performed live on the supporting tour, will be the subject of a new video, premiering Feb. 27 on MySpace.
“We didn’t feel we understood the song and thought playing it on tour would help us sort it out,” Corgan says of the song, which was recorded at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, Calif., with co-producer Kerry Brown. “He seems to bring out the psychedelic in us.”
In addition, the Pumpkins are planning a new round of North American tour dates, with details to be announced.