Billy Corgan: 'I Just Dont Hear as Much Progress in Rock and Roll as I Once Did'
"Modern music somehow seems the same every year," says the Smashing Pumpkins frontman.
Posted on Apr 29, 2013 03:02 pm
According to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, rock music has seen better days, as not much of modern rock is really worth listening.
When recently asked about his stands on modern rock bands, the singer/guitarist admitted he is not too much into the current scene. In his own words, it has become too congested and it is better just to "kind of stay ignorant.""Honestly, I don't listen to a lot of music that's contemporary. There's a variety of reasons for that. One is there's just too much for me," Corgan tells the Compass Correspondent. "I kind of have a hard time following the plot. And I just don't hear as much progress in rock and roll as I once did. So rather than get frustrated or feel like I have to take a position, it's almost better to just kind of be ignorant."I mean it's easier to listen to [Johann Sebastian] Bach. It's timeless. And maybe that's my biggest critique of modern music it somehow seems the same every year. I will literally go into a coffee shop and I can't tell you if it was from eight years ago or it just came out because somehow Bono must have had 10,000 children and they all 'wo, wo, wo' through the chorus."
But it's not just the modern rock scene that's confusing frontman, but the entire business, which has become somewhat of a puzzle for Corgan.
"When I came into the music business there was a record label - independents and majors - and there were things like MTV, so you kind of knew what you were getting yourself into or you learned very quickly," the vocalist said. "I think the definition of what success is in 2013 is far different than it was in the mid-'80s. If the big opportunity back in the day was a platinum record and a video on MTV, what is the equivalent of that today? I don't think that's an easy answer."
Smashing Pumpkins have recently confirmed working on the new album, just to follow it up with an announcement of two possible releases being recorded simultaneously. The group's latest studio effort, "Oceania," came out in June 2012 via EMI/Martha's Music, debuting at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart with 54,000 copies sold within the first week.