Post by gr0undzer0 on Sept 2, 2014 11:00:09 GMT -5
Corgan told the Chicago Tribune in a new interview that the response to the band's two upcoming album will play a big role in deciding the PUMPKINS' future. He explained, "When this [new album] process is over, I'm either going to bail on this ship for good, like 'I'm done,' or I'm going to have a new ship to sail on."
Corgan admitted it's been hard to get fans to pay attention to new music from the group, saying, "How do you say, 'I still matter'? How do you say, 'How does one of my contemporaries get treated like a contemporary artist, and how do I get treated like I'm supposed to play 'Siamese Dream' for the rest of my life?' At some point you've got to fight this fight or go away."
I realize I'm replying to a post that's six months old but, I couldn't help putting my two cents in.
As a one-time huge fan, as someone who was an impressionable kid in high school when they broke loose in 1993, learning to play guitar largely due to their existence, and as someone who drove everywhere in my first car with 2 large bumper stickers (Helmet and Smashing Pumpkins), showing off to everyone who I thought was the greatest at the time, and who I thought EVERYONE should be listening to...
They suck. Actually, it's just Billy who sucks. He had lost it many, many years ago. It was when Melancholy came out. There was so much rubbish on that album, it should have been a single album, really. Because there was enough good music there to make a single full-length. The rest should have been released as a solo album, or not at all. Go through and see how many tracks have the word "love" in the lyrics. It's almost every one. Everything that followed after that was no longer coming from that angry, but helpless man who could write such gems. They were coming from a calmer, less aggressive part of Billy that, without the snarl, just sounded like a kid who could never seem to get his way. Smashing Pumpkins' music went from rock-your-face-off anthems with the occasional moment of beauty, stemming from the agony of a tortured soul, to uninventive love songs by a bald whiny bitch.
So after almost two decades of albums like Adore, Machina, and so on, every once in awhile he breaks out the distortion pedals, and teases those of us that fell into his web all those years ago, and our ears perk up, and we think, "Could this be it? Are they really back???" But no, it's not, and no, they aren't. And, said sadly, they never will be.
In a way, this is way sadder than the way Kurt went out. Because while he is free of the things that tormented him, his legacy is strong, and his place in history is cemented. All the while, Billy Corgan just makes a fool of himself over and over again, lacking the clairvoyance or maturity to just ride off into the sunset with his dignity intact.
But as he does, he will no longer make a fool out of me.
Last Edit: Feb 15, 2015 17:54:07 GMT -5 by inthefade
Post by gr0undzer0 on Feb 27, 2015 10:32:46 GMT -5
**well said inthefade**
But wait there is more! Billy speaks again....
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan has declared war on pop music. Corgan stopped by a local morning show this week while on tour in Australia, where he was asked about the state of pop and replied, "To me [pop music) is headed towards a form of pornography. You have young women sexualizing themselves earlier and earlier in really inappropriate ways to gain attention because it's really all about getting YouTube hits."
Corgan blamed the decline of the music industry not on streaming or illegal downloading, but on the dumbing down of music itself, saying, "Our business is shrinking because it's becoming more lowest common denominator."
Corgan also said that rock acts need to take a "more aggressive" stance against pop artists, explaining, "Particularly in America there's a very cozy relationship between rock stars and pop stars — and I don't think that's a good relationship. Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason."
The singer and guitarist was also asked about the recent incident at the Grammy Awards where Kanye West rushed the stage after Beck won an upset victory over Beyonce for "Album Of The Year."
Corgan responded, "I think it's inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else's moment and make it their own… I’ve stood at that podium too and I’ll tell you what, if somebody got up on my stage, I would knock them out."
Corgan and the current version of the PUMPKINS are touring behind the band's latest studio album, "Monuments To An Elegy".
Post by gr0undzer0 on Feb 28, 2015 10:29:42 GMT -5
he has lost it, and he knows it. he has become a desperate man, and quite honestly maybe I had given him to much credit as the architect of the pumpkins (a band I never really cared much for) but i am starting to believe the "magic" was THEM not Him........