Billy Corgan Doesnt Want 'Nicey Nice' Version of Smashing Pumpkins

"I don't really know what makes sense any more," said frontman.

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Part of what makes Billy Corgan an intriguing artist lies in his candid assessment of his music as well as his innate unpredictability. In a revealing interview with Crestfallen (via Noisecreep), Corgan expressed his displeasure with the Smashing Pumpkins' current direction.

"I don't really know what makes sense any more," said Corgan. "I think you have to come to a place where you say, if you continue you continue with a particular vision, not keep rolling with the tide. Because the tide as it is I don't think it's that great. I'm not saying that the audience isn't great, or that the band isn't great. Something about it all feels a little too nicey nice. I'm not in a rock and roll band to be nice nice. It's just not my thing."

Although the band received solid reviews with last year's release of "Oceania," Corgan admitted that some groups from the '90s just don't play with the same passion as before. This complacency, which is rooted in their own varying degrees of success as well as the repetitive nature of rolling out their own songs, is not conducive to growth. "I'm part of the problem," said Corgan. "And I don't know if I want to continue to be part of the problem."

As the owner of Madam Zuzu's Tea House in Highland Park, Ill. and founder of his own wrestling organization, Corgan has a ton of activities to keep him busy. He's also writing a memoir, so his recent comments may have fans worried about Smashing Pumpkins' future. Corgan, however, remains undeterred regarding his group's statuts.

"There's no doubt in my mind that there is still plenty of Smashing Pumpkins music to be made," he added. "No matter what anybody thinks, because I believe, as the architect of what worked, pick your era, I believe I can make it work with any combination of anybody if I really want to. Maybe that sounds insane, but that's the way I look at it."

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    Great album with great music, but still I hope that SP release another Siamese Dream :3
    Or maybe something like Gish, which is my favorite.
    Oh damn Gish, well thinking it better if they release anything like gish, seamese, Mellon Collie or Age of Innocense from Machina I theyll do great.
    Saw the Pumpkins back in March and let me tell you, they still know how to give a great show. They played mostly songs from Oceania which I like a lot, a couple of classics and some older songs, but the highlight of the night was a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity". I'm really expecting new releases soon, I mean Tear Garden By Kaleidoscope is meant to be 44 songs long and as of now we have only heard about 20!
    Did anyone else actually like Zeitgeist?
    Yeap, right here. Billy's vocals aren't the best on it, but it's a pretty solid record.
    totally agree with both of the above. Though it was a bit different, I definitely preferred it to Adore/Machina. Album seemed to have a distinctive sound. And yeah a bit better than some of the songs he's put out under the whole Teargarden thing (Owata and Pale Horse come to mind). But yeah for the most part Oceania was pretty sweet imho.
    yeah they are a bit too boring in a christian band sort of a way these days.