Billy Corgan: frontman of the Smashing Pumpkins, owner of his own wrestling federation (no, really) and indie rock’s mouthiest son?
He must be close, at this point. Following this Summer’s revelation that he wanted to “piss on Radiohead” and past incidents such as claiming swine flu was invented by humans, Corgan has laid into fellow alt. rock darlings Pavement and Soundgarden.
Speaking at a press conference to Philstar [via NME], Corgan claimed that “There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money – playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they’re thinking there might be a future. I am not in that business, obviously.
“I condemn anybody who’s in that business but doesn’t admit he’s in that business. When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”
It should be pointed out that Soundgarden, who reformed in 2010, are in the process of recording a new album, whereas Pavement were very open upon announcing their reformation that they wouldn’t be recording new material. The Smashing Pumpkins released their ninth studio album, Oceania, this June.
Rather Corgan than Mustaine, either way.