Billy Corgan Discusses The Long Shadow Of Butterfly Wings

Billy Corgan discussed the difficulty in stepping out from under the shadow of The Smashing Pumpkins' success in the 1990s.

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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.

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    ka65253
    been a fan of the pumpkins since siamese dream...don't believe they'll ever get back to writing good music. they have not been the same without d'arcy, james, and jimmy....sorry, billy is not the smashing pumpkins, he's just an ego with a freakish cult following that is nothing but a joke. one of those who should have just let it go, the good music is in the past
    kerokero
    Guys, for the record....it has been confirmed by all members of the band that Billy Corgan wrote about 90% of the music in the SP catalogue. The lackluster music of the last ten years is really just the result of losing creative genius. There are a few gems, but his albums haven't been anything special since Machina I. That being said, most people would rather the IMAGE of 4 friends making music, than the REALITY of 1 guy dictating to the others what to play.
    Lion_Slicer
    Still, Chaimberlain was a kickass drummer and gave a lot of their music something special. Corgan may once again make good music, but nothing like Bullet with Butterfly Wings, that is pretty much the best 90s song there is.
    Jet_Black88
    To say that the music he's writing now is bad is a bit of a stretch, but I'll agree that it doesn't match up to earlier stuff.
    dtj88
    44 songs? What are the odds that half of those end up good? Or even a quarter? Why once at a time, when there are 44 of them? How about giving the fans 12 good songs together instead of packaged with 30 B-Sides? I like the Pumpkins but Billy Corgan's egomania is just obnoxious. How are the fans supposed to keep interested in what he's doing when he's releasing 44 songs one at a time? I'd rather have a whole album to listen to right away and listen to the tracks together. He wouldn't even need a label, he could release it indepedently, digitally or for free. Billy Corgan and pretentious just go hand-in-hand.
    emptyshell
    Guys, for the record....it has been confirmed by all members of the band that Billy Corgan wrote about 90% of the music in the SP catalogue
    probably closer to 99.9% I think he basically did everything that wasn't the drums. I reckon the new stuff he's put out is great. Maybe not quite as good as the old stuff, but its still really good and alot better than most of the new music coming out today.
    b_flo
    Will be working with The Smashing Pumpkins soon. Will see how Billy Corgan really is. Listened to their stuff, back in the day.