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Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden, Pavement Came Back "Only To Make Money"


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The Billy Corgan / Soundgarden beef has been going on at least since that falling out at Lolla '94, and the Corgan / Pavement beef has had legs since the "Range Life" dig that same year. And man, nobody holds a grudge like BC. In an interview given prior to a show in the Philippines last week, Corgan took shots at both those recently reunited bands:

"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."

Perhaps Soundgarden was spurred by Corgan's harsh words to announce their own new album release date in November? Say what you will about Billy, but the dude knows how to give an interview. Some more choice quotes:

"I saw in the last 10 years as the record sales went down for everybody, so did the connection — the emotional connection to the music. And here comes the rise of music made by people who don't really care about music ... They want to be famous. They want to be on American Idol. They want to be in the spotlight. They have no respect for the people that came before them. They have no respect for the tradition of music, they have no respect for the blood and tears that have been spilt by great musicians all over the world — many of whom will never even know their name."

"Music has been hijacked by business, much like the American spirit has been hijacked by corporate interest. You know it's a reflection of our greater culture where our value systems are been hollowed out by the glamour of fame, the glamour of power, the glamour of control — and none of these things matter in the eyes of God, in my opinion."

"The music business essentially operates on a dumbing down principle. How dumb do we have to go to sell this record to the most amount of people? And the more intelligent and articulate it gets, you lose a certain degree of audience."

"Radiohead's an example — very high arc, very high message and still very popular. But for the most part, the charts are dominated by music that's essentially dumbed down — repetitive melody, style, tone, texture and message because it reaches the most [number] of people. So it's amazing if you let people be with you on a deeper journey — they'll actually figure it out because most people are deep."

Does that last one count as pissing on Radiohead? I'm not so sure.

Also on Stereogum:
Billy Corgan Pisses on Radiohead
Pavement and Thom Yorke at Coachella
14 Best Band Beefs

Copyright 2012 Buzz Media

Sep 27, 2012 2:27PM
He was complimenting Radiohead's music. And I also agree wholeheartedly with his sentiment. The current state of the music industry is a joke. They focus on the dumbest audience while other deeper, more meaningful songwriters and artist are ignored. He hit the nail on the head. And if you can't comprehend what BC is saying, then you're part of that dumb majority. Go listen to your Justin Bieber.
Sep 27, 2012 1:43PM
Sep 14, 2012 3:42PM
Why don't you go open a tea shop or something?
Sep 13, 2012 8:33PM
Billy Corgan is what you call a VERY old school hipster. Time to let it go, Billy. You're like 50. You make Courtney Love look less bitter than you.
Sep 9, 2012 10:03AM
So, what's wrong with that? Not everyone wants to be starving artist that no one gives a crap about anymore.
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