Wait, this is supposed to be the 1977 Throwback Issue, not the 1997 issue, right? It may be true that the Smashing Pumpkins haven’t released an album for seven years, but it’s been at least ten since they were the slightest bit relevant (and that’s being generous). Of course, Billy Corgan is trying to challenge that by naming the new record Zeitgeist and singing, in vaguely apocalyptic terms, about current events. Except World War Three lyrics were last racy in what, the Ronald Reagan era? As it stands now, not too much of the modern-rock-record-buying public is going to argue with an anti-Bush, anti-war stance, and what’s more, no one wants to be preached to by a washed-up, whining bald dude who’s consistently proven himself a total asshole over the past decade. Plus, Zeitgeist piles on the tinny metal riffs to complete overkill, less in a melodic, ‘Jellybelly’ sort of way and more in a wimpy, ‘Everlasting Gaze’ sort of way. I wish we had a numerical rating system; it’d be fun to make a “zero” joke.