Smashing Pumpkins release long lost 1998 Puff Daddy remix of 'Ava Adore'
HONGKONG,CHINA - AUGUST 13:American pop group The Smashing Pumpkins hold concert on Tuesday August 13,2013 in Hong Kong,China.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
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**FILE**Members of the Chicago-based band Smashing Pumpkins, from left, D'arcy, Billy Corgan and James Iha, wave to the crowd that formed outside the theater to see them play on "Late Show" with David Letterman, on July 30, 1998, in New York. The group will open its U.S. concert series on Saturday, June 23, 2007l, at small club in Asheville, N.C.(AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)
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FILE--The rock group the Smashing Pumpkins, clockwise from top left: James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, D'Arcy and Billy Corgan are shown in this 1995 file photo. Jonathan Melvoin, 34, a backup musician who played keyboards for the group, was pronounced dead at the Regency Hotel Friday, July 12, 1996, in New York. The group's drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, was charged with heroin possession, police said. (AP Photo/Virgin Records)
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Frontman Billy Corgan of U.S. rock band Smashing Pumpkins, performs on stage in Munich, southern Germany Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Uwe Lein)
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Chicago music legend Billy Corgan listens as he is introduced along with students from St. Paul, Our Lady of Vilna middle school choir Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, before they perform his song about the Chicago Cubs called Black Sox at a Potbelly restaurant in downtown Chicago. Corgan's appearance was part of a fund-raising event to raise money for Rock for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides support to children that are homeless or in need. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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American musician Rick Nielsen (left), of the band Cheap Trick, performs with special guest Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins, onstage at the Metro auditorium, Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 1998. Drummer Bun E Carlos is visible at right. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
Smashing Pumpkins (L - R, D'arcy Wretzky, James Iha, Billy Corgan), circa 1996. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
'We must never be apart,' Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan sings in the refrain of the band's 1998 hit 'Ava Adore.' But Pumpkins fans had long been kept apart from an oft-rumored about remix of that very tune done by none other than Puff Daddy (as the hip-hop mogul was known then) back in 1998.
Until this week.
The Smashing Pumpkins finally unearthed the lost remix on Thursday, unveiling it on Rolling Stone's website. The track will be formally released on September 23 when the band reissues a 'super deluxe edition' of its fourth album, 'Adore,' Rolling Stone reports.
According to Consequence of Sound, Billy Corgan hired Diddy to come in and remix the album's flagship tune. Diddy also remixed 'Perfect', which leaked online a few years ago. But the Pumpkins managed to keep the 'Ava Adore' remix under wraps for 16 years.
Diddy's changes to the original were significant, Consequence of Sound notes. 'Diddy chose to gut the track entirely, layering Corgan's angsty croon over lush strings and jangly percussion.'
Listen to the newly released version of the song below and compare it with the original beneath that. In some ways the remixed version exudes a more haunting ambiance than the original.
The collaboration with the Pumpkins was hardly Diddy's first foray into the rock genre. His remix with Sting of 'Every Breath You Take' by the Police is top-notch. And, as Slate points out, he'd previously collaborated with Dave Grohl and Rob Zombie and also worked with guitar gods Jimmy Page and Tom Morello on a remix of Led Zeppelin's iconic 'Kashmir' titled 'Come With Me' that appeared on the 'Godzilla' soundtrack.
Let us know in the comments which version of 'Ava Adore' you prefer.