The Smashing Pumpkins frontman asks where today's musical revolution is, and claims that Kurt Cobain wouldn't make it in today's musical climate.
Posted on Jul 19, 2012 02:23 pm
Billy Corgan has unleashed a scathing review of modern music, warning young wannabe rock stars that they'll never make it in today's climate.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman speculates that a modern-day Kurt Cobain would never have an impact today like he did twenty years ago:
"Let's say you're the next Kurt Cobain. You will be appropriated on your first album by the Pitchfork community. Your record company will rally round that idea because that's your marketing platform.
"But the minute you're in that world you're frozen. Those Pitchfork people are very much about social codes, about whether you're wearing the right t-shirt. That orthodoxy is no different than the rigidity of the football team at school."
There could be hope for new rockstars, but they'll have to be smart to have the same effect on culture that older rock acts did.
"You've got to want to subvert the social order of the high school. That's why Nirvana was so fucking dangerous. They had the jocks listening to them. Kurt Cobain used to talk about how weird it was to be performing, and see the people who used to beat him up cheering along."
Then Corgan asks a powerful open question: "Where's the rebellion right now? There's almost no music about what's going on politically, which is crazy because this is the craziest political time I've ever lived in... Where are the bands of dissent? Where has the pushback gone?"
He's right, of course there seems to be a lack of musical revolution, which is ironic given that we live in the era of Occupy Wall Street, Wikileaks and the Anonymous hacking movement.
Are musicians missing out on a big opportunity, or have today's revolutionaries found other outlets like computer hacking to rebel? Share your view, and how we could fix it, in the comments.