GLASS AND HIS GHOST CHILDREN/MEMORABILIA MONDAY/RARE POSTER FROM ABANDONED ANIMATION PROJECT
October 6, 2014
As the Pumpkins were breaking up in 2000, I was approached with an idea: why not do an animated series around the characters I'd built for the Machina 'play'; with the purpose of developing a ground-breaking and unfolding musical work that would use the world-wide web to its then limited capability. Obviously, I agreed, as evidenced by Brian's poster here, for a show that was begun but abandoned. Not by me though, as I assigned the rights to a production team that was putting together the episodes themselves. Personally, I was excited by the implications, especially given Machina's tepid critical response, and also for the fact that another companies interest prodded what was that Virgin Records (R.I.P.) into believing they'd made some mistake in a) not supporting the record properly, and b) letting me walk contractually without much in the way of an offer.
So it's a shame the series was never finished, not released in any real way. Done right and well, I believe it would have put a different light on my motivations and actions in that time. But like so many good ideas in rock and roll, it died at the well. Not because the production team failed, but the controlling company (their parent so to speak) was sold.