Billy Corgan has never exactly been one to keep quiet on his opinions on other bands. Now, in an interview with Antiquiet, the Smashing Pumpkins front man has spoken out on the pomposity surrounding Radiohead.
In the extract below, the singer criticises the value system that prioritises Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood over Deep Purple axe-man Ritchie Blackmore:
"I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on Rock more than I have. Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on. Cause I'm not pissing on Rainbow. I'm not pissing on Deep Purple. But I'll piss on f*ckin' Radiohead, because of all this pomposity.
"This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in, buddy. Not in the world I grew up in. So I find myself defending things. Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I'm not attacking that. I'm attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I'm sick of that. I'm so ****ing sick of it, and nobody seems to tire of it."
The new Smashing Pumpkins album, Oceania will be released on June 18th and is presently streaming via iTunes.
The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Quasar 02. Panopticon 03. The Celestials 04. Violet Rays 05. My Love Is Winter 06. One Diamond, One Heart 07. Pinwheels 08. Oceania 09. Pale Horse 10. The Chimera 11. Glissandra 12. Inkless 13. Wildflower
The record has been described as an "album within an album" as it is part of their 44-song cycle "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope."