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Old 05-04-2006, 01:33 AM   #1
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Exclamation News about reunion : Jimmy interview in French drum magazine [scans inside]

Hello,


In a recent French drum magazine, Jimmy announced the reunion of the band with the following informations :
- They've been rehearsing for a year now
- They've been working on more than 50 songs

And apparently, he took it bad when he was asked about the other original members coming back or not.


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[Edit May 10th 2006]
Here is the interview :

The rumour was insisting since quite some times: The Smashing Pumpkins might be coming back onstage with a brand new record. Jimmy, the drummer confirms us this return, and much more!

Jimmy is probably one of the best and inspiring drummers of his time. As comfortable in the pop-rock universe with the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan, as in the fusion and progressive rock (remember, Life Begins Again, the record of his band Jimmy Chamberlin Complex a piece of gold), he might be the only one capable of joining the strength of Bomham and the grace of Gene Krupa. Coming to California, our team decided to contact Jimmy. He accepted to meet us, if he didnít orientate our questions on The Smashing Pumpkins (promotional secrets). He finally revealed the essential: the spirit is great in the band of Billy Corgan, and the record is being cooked. Letís rock!

Q : We know that you donít want to talk about The Smashing Pumpkins. But can you at least tell us to what stage you are?
J : The band have begun to rework last year, in a secret mode. We went back on track very well, and we have spent great times to write some new songs and simply play together. Itís cool!

Q : Did you write a lot of songs ?
J : We have already something like fifty songs. Like I told you, we have very creative and weíll give soon some official news.

Q : Just a last thing : Is it the original line-up with DíArcy and James Iha ?
J : To be honest, I donít want to talk about this subject. We have the songs, weíre preparing a new record. Please, letís leave it this way and talk about something else (Jimmy is a bit annoyed).

Q : Ok, sorry to bug you with this. And beside yours bands, do you do a lot of sessions?
J : No, I only do a few, and only for my friends. Going to the studio is a lot of pressure for me, Iím not like that. And also, Iím a sensitive guy, and the idea to sell my drumming to everyone is unbearable for me. I have friends, like Josh Freese, who do that job perfectly. Thatís their thing. But on the other side, I like to participate in learning events. I find this enjoyable.

Q : For what reasons ?
J : To me, the clinics represents a unique chance to explain to people who I am, where Iím from artistically and why I play this way. For my fans, itís the only way to approach me in a human dimension and to receive what I have to share, to get my inspiration. Itís a relation impossible to establish during a big rock concert.

Q : You know a lot about technique, that must be interestingÖ
J : I donít talk about technique. I must be the only one in clinics to talk about songwriting, and the role of the drums in the songwriting. I show also my interpretation of funky rythmes. But, I insist on the music writing, and even on the lyrics.

Q : Do you mean that the lyrics of a song make you play in a different way ?
J : Of course. I understood this while playing with the Smashing Pumpkins. The lyrics play a very important part in the mood of the band. Iíve realised while listening to the radio, that a lot of drummers are completely out of track. The singer tells a sweet and touching story, and the drummer is making noise over it. Here, I tell myself ďthis guy has a problem. He must be either deaf or disturbedĒ (laughs). I believe that too much drummers play for themselves, and thatís bad. I oftenly take the example of ďDisarmĒ from the Pumpkins (on the album Siamese Dream). When I listened to Billy Corgan singing this song, I was touched by its simplicity. I told him: ďYou know, I donít hear drums on your song. I will put a bit of a mood with the timbales and some cymbals on some parts, and nothing moreĒ. To me, that was obvious. The part that I play on ďTonight TonightĒ is also very special for a rock tune. Itís once again the lyrics that inspired me. I write, as well, a lot of lyrics for my own band.

Q : To talk about this. Are you satisfied with the success that got you first record with the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, Life Begins Again?
J : Iím very satisfied. For a record with progressive mood, it has gotten a nice success, and some big radio stations have played some songs. I didnít expect that. The sells were good, and the best proof is that the record label is asking me for another one. This means that they liked the music and that they also gained money.

Q : To me ďLoki CatĒ, the song on which Billy Corgan is singing is beautifulÖ
J : That makes me happy, because this song means a lot to me. Iím proud that Billy came to participate on the record, after all weíve been thru together. There was no money to make, no commercial moves, and he just came naturally. A great musician and a friend!

Q : So, this next Complex record, when do you plan to record it ?
J : I must wait to have the inspiration. I think, if everything goes as planned, it might be released at the beginning of next year. Itís not easy to write for this band. Thereís a balance between the feeling of Jazz Rock, progressif, rock, and thatís easy to break this and be out of track. The first time, the songs were written and recorded very fast. I think that something that helped us.

Q : Do you have a lot of drummers among your friends ?
J : You know, we all know each others. In the USA, the drummersí community is so small. Terry Bozzio, Peter Erskine, Gregg Bisonette, Thomas Lang, Steve Smith, Mike Portnoy, Dave Grohl, Josh Freese, Taylor Hawkins. Theyíre all my friends, and we like to see each others and spend some good times together.

Q : By the way, Steve Hewitt, asked me to salute youÖ
J : If you catch him, tell him that I canít wait to see him again, and that I love the music of Placebo. Iím proud that he likes what I do, and that he tells good things about me, because heís a good drummer.

Q : According to you, why thereís so much love among drummers ?
J : You have to believe that the ego is not proportional to the size of the instrument, if you know what I mean (laugh). Itís hard to tell. Being a drummer is a hard job and oftenly ungrateful, when you think about the cost of the gears when you start in the business, and mainly because of the responsibilities youíre facing. We must help each others to survive, I think thatís it.

Q : When will you come back to France ?
J : With the Smashing Pumpkins, Iíll be back during the year, thatís for sure. But Iíd like to do some clinics in France and spend some times there, like I just did in Britain. I like France a lot.

Q : Really ? Arenít you trying to be demagogic on this one?
J : Absolutely not. I was on vacations there in 1997 I think, and I liked everything: the food, the people, and the culture. I canít wait to come back.




Extras:
The secret of his sound [By Jimmy Chamberlin]:
Iím a big fan of the ambiance mics, the rooms. They are to me, very important, because they are responsible to provide the natural sound of the drums. They are a little bit like the hears of the audience, that would be 10 meters from me when I play. The proximity mics in front of each element and the panoramics donít tell the truth. They mislead the sound and how we feel the drums. I know that during the recording of Led Zepplin, there was no proximity mics, maybe just on the snare and the kick. The rooms made all the work. In general, during the mix, I ask the engineer to under-mix the direct takes, and to push the ambiance. Thatís how I head Rock.

And thanx to JB, here are the scans :
Scans

Last edited by frenchy : 05-10-2006 at 09:36 AM.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:35 AM   #2
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Thank you very much for the information. I appreciate it.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:36 AM   #3
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Good work, frenchy!

This is the most exciting SP news I have heard since the renew and revive announcement.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:37 AM   #4
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nice one! Although I hate the french, ur user name and this info has helped me to reconcile myself with my snail/baby eating french cousins.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:39 AM   #5
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And apparently, he took it bad when he was asked about the other original members coming back or not.
Does that mean he punched the guy out or started crying like a little bitch? I actually want to know.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:41 AM   #6
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James and D'arcy... Hmm, sensitive subject.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:42 AM   #7
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And apparently, he took it bad when he was asked about the other original members coming back or not.
He took it bad? Jimmy took a question badly? That's interesting because Jimmy usually has never been a guy who has taken a question badly. that's usually Corgan's thing.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:43 AM   #8
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Hmm, i can't imagine Jimmy being anything other than pleasant. damn him.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:43 AM   #9
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Good work, frenchy!

This is the most exciting SP news I have heard since the renew and revive announcement.

Here, here. (hear, hear?)

50 songs..... sweet fancy moses. SOME of them have to rawk!


 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:44 AM   #10
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I looked it up once, it was 'hear, hear' I believe.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:45 AM   #11
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Maybe the new record will be a 2-cd?

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:46 AM   #12
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Hmm, i can't imagine Jimmy being anything other than pleasant. damn him.
hah I first read that as pissant.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:49 AM   #13
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I looked it up once, it was 'hear, hear' I believe.

Good to know. You should enable your rep. I've tried to pos rep you twice in the past two days but alas!

 
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hah I first read that as pissant.

 
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Maybe the new record will be a 2-cd?
This, I think, would be quite the misstep.

 
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This, I think, would be quite the misstep.
That should depend on how good the songs are. I'm very curious how it's going to sound anyway.

 
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Good to know. You should enable your rep. I've tried to pos rep you twice in the past two days but alas!
I was considering turning it back on as an experiement to see if Esty resumed fiendishly neg repping me multiple times per day.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:51 AM   #18
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Why the fuck does he need 50 songs? I'm sure jimjam was fucking high as a kite during the sessions and doesn't remember shit about them.

 
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I was considering turning it back on as an experiement to see if Esty resumed fiendishly neg repping me multiple times per day.
You turned it off because of fearfactory, not me. Give credit where credit is due.

 
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That should depend on how good the songs are. I'm very curious how it's going to sound anyway.

Song quality aside, I think it would draw too many comparisons to MCIS and probably hurt the band more than it would help.

Unless, you know, the album actually ended up being as good as MCIS in which case, everyone would go fucking bonkers over the band again.

 
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Why the fuck does he need 50 songs?

Have you forgotten what band you're talking about? There's always been a surplus of songs.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:56 AM   #22
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well Billy has never been known for career suicide now has he?

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:57 AM   #23
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Scans will follow with more details.
When do you get these to internet?

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:58 AM   #24
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Scans will follow with more details.
You'd better HURRY !!!!!!!!!!

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:59 AM   #25
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Have you forgotten what band you're talking about? There's always been a surplus of songs.

For one album? I just think jim is drunk as usual or just off his rocker. Fuck off cherub angel you dumb ass cunt.

 
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in which case, everyone would go fucking bonkers over the band again.
I don't think they would.

 
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:03 AM   #27
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Cover of the mag :
http://www.journaux.fr/images/revues/M5814.jpg

 
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can you at least translate the relevent portions of the interview for us? thx.

 
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fifty songs, sweet! we can be sure bill will locate the worst 14 of the bunch for a new album

 
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