The score to the upcoming film "Stigmata" will feature 10 compositions by Smashing
Pumpkins songwriter Billy Corgan, including one track, "Identify," with vocals by
Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia, according to the Pumpkins' label, Virgin Records.
Due Aug. 24, the "Stigmata" soundtrack album contains what have been described as
atmospheric and energy-packed selections that incorporate drum loops. It is the second
foray into film scoring by Corgan, the bald-headed leader of the multiplatinum Chicago
rock group, following his contributions to the 1996 Mel Gibson film "Ransom."
"It has a bit of the Pumpkins sound you know and some stuff that is more like
Adore," engineer Chris Steinmetz said, citing the Pumpkins' 1998 album, which
featured such moody, electronic-tinged songs as "Ava Adore" (
href="http://media.addict.com/atn-bin/get-music/Smashing_Pumpkins/Ava_Adore.ram">RealAudio excerpt). Steinmetz
helped mix the songs in Chicago sessions with Corgan.
"Identify," with lyrics by Corgan, is the only traditional pop song composed by the
Pumpkins leader for the film, marking his first collaboration with Imbruglia, best known for
her 1998 hit single "Torn" (RealAudio excerpt).
In total, Corgan scored and recorded more than 40 minutes of music for the project in
collaboration with keyboardist Mike Garson (David Bowie, Seal, Nine Inch Nails), who
played on the Pumpkins' 1998 tour.
"Mike Garson and I set out trying to make music that did not rely on well-worn movie
clichés to support the movie, and also to make music that would hopefully stand
up on its own without the movie," Corgan said in a statement.
Also featured on the soundtrack is a new song by glam legend David Bowie ("The Pretty
Things Are Going to Hell") and remixed or edited tracks that were previously released by
anarchist pop band Chumbawamba ("Mary Mary [Stigmatic Mix]"), rockers Remy Zero
("Gramarye") and trip-hoppers Massive Attack ("Inertia Creeps").
"Release" a previously issued song from world-music combo Afro Celt Sound
System, featuring vocals by singer Sinead O'Connor will also be featured on the
album, as will an exclusive remix of the Björk song "All Is Full of Love," by Mike
"Spike" Stent, who is currently co-producing the next Oasis album.
Although the Pumpkins, best known for their bombastic, cathartic rock songs, have never
scored a movie, they have contributed several pop songs to films in the past, including
"The End Is the Beginning Is the End" (RealAudio excerpt)
from the 1997 "Batman and Robin" soundtrack.
"Back in the day, people used to write songs that were directly connected to a movie's
score," Corgan said. "The music for 'Identity' came from one of the love scenes in the
Steinmetz further described the music Corgan created for the film as powerful and
"[The score is] very atmospheric, but it has a lot of energy and power. It had a lot of cool
drum loops and aggressive, original sounds," Steinmetz said.
The film, a religious-themed drama that will be released Sept. 10, stars Patricia Arquette
("True Romance") as a hairdresser who spontaneously receives bleeding "stigmata"
marks marks that correspond to those Jesus is believed to have suffered on his hands during his
crucifixion. Gabriel Byrne ("Usual Suspects") plays a member of the clergy who is sent to
investigate the claims prior to a visit by the Pope.
Bowie said he was attracted to the project because of the controversial story.
"I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the soundtrack," Bowie said in a statement,
"as the movie's subject matter has interested me since the publication of 'The Jesus
Scroll,' a book written by Donovan Joyce in 1973. It outlined an alarming conspiracy
involving the Catholic Church trying to put the lid on the supposed discovery of the last
writings of Jesus himself."
The score's compositions by Corgan and Garson are: "Identify (Dust)/ 1,000,000 Voices,"
"Pop Pop/ Await/ Reflect (Pretty)," "Reflect (Clouds)/ Truth," "Of Square Waves/ Random
Thought," "Reflection/ Possession," "Reflect (Gray)/ Of Sine Waves," "Distrbnce (After
Sckhausen)/ Reflect (Pause)/ Orah," "Sustain/ Identify (Affectation)," "All Answers
Revealed/ Reflect (Devotion)," "Purge/ 1,000,000 Voices/ Reflect (Purity)/ Identify
(Peace)" and "Reflect (Time)/ Tree Whispers."