Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan is expected to produce "three or four tracks,
maybe more" for former Cars frontman Rick Ocasek's next solo album, according
to a source who works with Ocasek.
Corgan and Ocasek will be joined by a
slew of big-name colleagues in the studio next week who will help Ocasek bang
out his next solo album, his first since 1993's ill-received Quick Change
World. In recent years Ocasek has been a much in-demand producer
responsible for Weezer's hit debut album, as well as for recent efforts by Nada
Surf and Bad Religion.
Ocasek is slated to enter a New York studio next
week with Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker (with whom he has already laid
down some guitar tracks), Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliot, Hole bassist Melissa
Auf Der Maur and former Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes to work on the new tunes,
at least three of which will be produced by Corgan. The rest of the album will
be produced by Fort Apache, the duo of Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade, who
produced Hole's Live Through This. Columbia Records has penciled the
release in for a May street date.