Smashing Pumpkins frontman discusses the return of ‘90s grunge acts
Smashing Pumpkins main man Billy Corgan is an opinionated one, to say the least. Corgan rarely hides his feelings and views, no matter how controversial, and now, the singer is offering up an opinion on his ‘90s grunge act contemporaries who are back in business.
“There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money — playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they’re thinking there might be a future,” Corgan told the PhilStar.com.
“I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who’s in that business but doesn’t admit (he’s) in that business,” he added. “When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”
Corgan also gave his thoughts on the past decade of music, which he says saw a disconnect between music and the emotion behind it. “I saw in the last 10 years as the record sales went down for everybody, so did the connection — the emotional connection to the music,” Corgan said, “and here comes the rise of music made by people who don’t really care about music… They want to be famous. They want to be on ‘American Idol.’ They want to be in the spotlight.
“They have no respect for the people that came before them. They have no respect for the tradition of music, they have no respect for the blood and tears that have been spilt by great musicians all over the world — many of whom will never even know their name.”
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