Billy Corgan Assails Pitchfork, Radiohead


Former is about
“whether you’re wearing the right t-shirt”; latter stands for “pomposity.”


By Blurt Staff


With both a new Smashing Pumpkins album (Oceania) and a deluxe,
expanded reissue (of Pisces Iscariot)
in stores recently, mainman Billy Corgan has been doing press. And, in
typically Corgan fashion, he’s not being shy about voicing his opinion on
non-Pumpkins matters.


Gigwise reports (via Antiquiet) that Corgan took on the
issue of Radiohead versus classic rock: “” I can’t think of any people outside
of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on Rock more than I
have. Obviously there’s a level of reverence, but there’s also a level of
intelligence to even know what to piss on. ‘Cause I’m not pissing on Rainbow.
I’m not pissing on Deep Purple. But I’ll piss on f*ckin’ Radiohead, because of
all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more
valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in, buddy. Not in
the world I grew up in…. I’m attacking the pomposity that says this is more
valuable than that. I’m sick of that. I’m so fucking sick of it, and nobody
seems to tire of it.”


Meanwhile, biting the proverbial hand that doth feed, Corgan also tackled
the thorny issue of Pitchfork and hipsterdom, as Gigwise (via Daily Beast) also
“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. You can’t break the
social order if you’re preaching to the choir – and the choir already has cool


Er, we feel a sudden urge to go get our hair cut…

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