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Anatomy Of A Website

A look at the Smashing Pumpkin’s interactive website

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Never mind that Goth-lite rockers Smashing Pumpkins announced their split last May 23. They’ve still managed to keep cultivating a mysterious Web presence (www.smashingpumpkins.com) during their farewell Sacred and Profane tour. We attempt to decipher their puzzle.

POETRY IN MOTION
The brooding themes of the Pumpkins’ music seep onto the site … literally. At the bottom of many pages are fractured lines from the latest album, MACHINA.

WHAT’S MORE
Click on these Easter eggs and you’ll unearth trippy animations that visually allude to the songs.

HOUSE OF CHARDS
The muddled ramblings of Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan in ”chards of glass” are filled with rhythmic revelations like ”Don’t get lost in the maze of haze and purple smoke … it’s a psychedelic shack of love … ”
WHAT THE WORDSMITH DOESN’T EXPLAIN
Where the chards are: The Swiss leaves are nowhere to be found in these shards of thoughts.

ONE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE
The alt-rockers may emit cooler-than-thou airs, but they sure are generous. Their Radio feature lets fans stream previously unavailable live versions of songs. You can also download several cuts from MACHINA, in the Sound section.

STAR SIGNS
”In all things the symbols reign supreme,” says the site, which is riddled with zodiacal and alchemical icons. A forum tries to unlock the signs’ mystery — and figure out what Corgan’s thinking. One epiphany: ”Billy is not ‘God.”’