In the second published part of recent interview with MusicRadar.com, Billy Corgan discussed the difficulty in stepping out from under the shadow of The Smashing Pumpkins' success in the 1990s, when Mellon Collie reigned and the world was a vampire.
"I think what ended up happening was, the way my brain works is, I sort of abandoned the approaches that I had in many ways because I thought, O.K., right, I've just got to get onto something else.' I left a lot of threads that were lying there that were really good. The whole point through the '90s, for me, was to push boundaries and try to get somewhere new and sometimes we did that and other times we really failed."
He continued, "I feel like I'm back in that headspace, but not in a shadow of the past. That took me a while. So what I was trying to say is, through the decade between 2001 and 2000-something, a lot of that time was about trying to wrestle with the shadow of what had been done in the past. For me, this past year has really been the first time maybe it started with the American Gothic EP that we put out it's the first period since the '90s where I feel like I'm not in any shadow anymore; I've let it go. You know, I've learned my lesson. I appreciate and honor what worked about it, and the parts that don't work, it doesn't bother me anymore. It's like, O.K., time to move on.' I'm back in that space where I'm really excited. And I don't know what's coming around the next corner, but it's much better than living in that shadow of like, Well, should I do this because people expect that? Oh, no, they expect that, so I'm gonna do this to (expletive) with their heads.' I've let go of all that stuff."
The current incarnation of The Smashing Pumpkins are releasing their current 44-song set, Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, for free online, one track at a time.
Thanks for the report to Gibson.com.