I think about this very scenario a lot actually. The sacking of Jim broke the dynamic within the group and fractured their collective.
Originally Posted by Shallowed
more emphasis on the "cyber-rock" style that they were already starting to explore on MCIS.
If they had stayed together and perused this style I think they would have continued to be a massive success. I think Billy would have been a sort of poster boy for the Science fiction infused Nu Metal that started to pop up around late 98. Songs like Eye and The End is the Beginning is the End are my absolute favorite Pumpkins tracks. I feel those two tracks are the only time he nailed the electronica meets big guitars style of sound. Bands like Powerman 5000 and Orgy had massive records around 98/99 that perfected that cyber-rock sound.