Billy Corgan: 'My Generation Was Taken Over By Poseurs'

Billy Corgan had some rather damning criticisms to make of his younger counterparts, comparing modern music practises to prostitution.

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Let's face it. Smashing Pumpkins head honcho Billy Corgan has never exactly been a man to keep his thoughts to himself. So it perhaps comes as no surprise that the 90s alternative megastar has an axe to grind, as a recent interview at SXSW has proved. According to Spinner, Corgan had some rather damning criticisms to make of his younger counterparts, comparing modern music practises to prostitution:

"[Once you make that deal] you're just the fresh stripper... [Artists that break through now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal... Not to be respected - not to be dangerous... Don't call it rock and roll... I was part of a generation that changed the world - and it was taken over by poseurs."

Perhaps surprisingly, Corgan in spite of his comments on modern music, was quite forgiving of Lana Del Ray, after her recent performance on "Saturday Night Live", which many considered a debacle:

"It doesn't surprise me that she crashed and burned, because she wasn't ready for it... I didn't think it was that bad."

Corgan is set to release the 9th Smashing Pumpkins studio album this spring. The record, titled "Oceania". According to Spinner, the record is "an album within an album" and will constitute part of the band's 44-track concept piece "Teargarden By Kaleidyscope".

Meanwhile, outside of music, Corgan is exploring other creative and business ventures. The singer announced via his Twitter feed that he was opening his own Tea shop in his native Illinois recently. Perhaps more surprising is that he has also formed his own Wrestling league, Resistance Pro.

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    Arr0wHead
    Twilight, Being Human, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc... Being pale and whiny is getting REALLY popular in the media right now, It's about time Billy Corgan popped up again.
    Redsectoreh
    I look at the Pumpkins the same way I see Megadeth, both have made many lineup changes over the years but kept the main brain behind it all. That's all that really matters to me.
    HigherThanAMile
    Text doesn't always accurately convey the tone in which someone is making a statement. He does have quite the Resume to back up what he's talking about though.
    HigherThanAMile
    KBI2113 wrote: Of how many people have went through your band, I don't how much respect I have for you Mr. Corgan. Great way to go from a generation of people demanding to be individuals to judging a new generation of individuals....
    What do personel changes have to do with respect for Corgan? Iha has his own projects going on (Why would he give up his place in a A Perfect Circle) that nobody expects him to sideline for nostalgia. D'Arcy has dropped out of the seen completely, and is rumored to own some antique stores. About a year ago after having some issues with the law, she spent 6 days in jail. Doesn't sound like she's interested which makes her a poor prospect. Jimmy-Well, it appears Corgan just doesn't want to play him anymore. He needs to fill those vacancies. Just to add a slight rebuttal to "a generation of individuals trying to be individuals"...you mean like Autotune provided the idea that anyone could sing? Or how a number of "innovative" bands over say, a 10 year period tuned down to sound heavy? *rimshot
    Jyrgen
    Stoked for the new album. It's supposedly quite calm, slow compared to previous SP material. By listening to the live versions of the new songs, it kinda sounds like a new Adore.
    nailsarecruel
    Honestly, I don't think the line "hipsters unite" from Cherub Rock was meant for this generation of scene kids masquerading as hipsters. Big Smashing pumpkins fan here, but my appreciation fell off after I couldn't name any other member but Billy. Say what you want, but Darcy, James, Jimmy and even Melissa added charm to that band.
    Altered_Carbon
    "Yeah, nobody's dangerous any more! Back in my glory days, we did it all kids! you got none of it!" What a backsliding, hypocritical, so-typical-of-a-band-necromancer thing to say. It's like he's Prince or something, the ego on him.
    Galvatron
    Sometimes different line ups benefit the band. Look at Death for example, every album had a different cast and each album had a life of its own. And yes Chuck was the man.
    windingvines
    +1 on the autotune. To everyone saying BC "omgz ego" and other such "whiny" (lawl) notes... He has rarely been viewed as this dalai lama-stoic-syncophant. I see these comments, and nothing new. Just look up tom yorke.; I haven't been a huge fan of BC/SP recent advents (post 2001), but it does surprise me how Machina and Adore "failed" commercially, yet NOW they would be in the top 10. Testament to artistic integrity, timelessness.
    duzit006
    corgan isn't anymore genuine than anyone else that releases music through a major label....
    Firewind Raging
    It's not surprising at all that he started up his own wrestling promotion, he's been a big fan of wrestling for many years.
    KBI2113
    Of how many people have went through your band, I don't how much respect I have for you Mr. Corgan. Great way to go from a generation of people demanding to be individuals to judging a new generation of individuals....
    $hithappen$16
    Arr0wHead wrote: Twilight, Being Human, True Blood, Vampire Diaries, etc... Being pale and whiny is getting REALLY popular in the media right now, It's about time Billy Corgan popped up again.
    Best comment....EVER!!!!!