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Rolling Stone: Billy Corgan Thinks The 90s Are ‘Irrelevant’

Pumpkins circa 1998

Pumpkins circa 1998

Billy Corgan is tired of talking about the heyday of alternative rock in the 1990s. Back when banks like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins reigned supreme.

He rallies on the current Pop-dominated charts and no-talent EDM DJs sitting on stage nothing more than a light show.

While Smashing Pumpkins may never be on the crest of the bleeding edge leading the new revolution, Corgan is an exceptionally talent artist, and the band, no matter how many times he swaps out the lineup, will continue to draw.

According to recent Rolling Stone article, Billy Corgan had been asked to revisit the heyday of Nineties alternative rock a number of times while promoting the Smashing Pumpkins’ most recent record, Monuments to an Elegy, but in a new interview with The Guardian, the rocker seemed to hit a breaking point, saying: “Right now that era is irrelevant.”

EDM Kicking Butt
Corgan stated, “EDM is kicking everybody’s f-ing ass,” and argued that no matter how sentimental people get about the Nineties, if that music, or the music it inspired, can’t compete in the top cultural spheres, “it doesn’t mean anything.”

“Look at the numbers the DJs are making!” he said. “They’re kicking rock bands’ *ss. And we’re sitting here talking about an era from 20 years ago because it’s misty in people’s minds. Meanwhile, there’s 60,000 people in a field watching a guy with lights behind him.”

“Here I am all these years later making a Smashing Pumpkins record that sounds a lot like Smashing Pumpkins and, childish as it may be, I thought there might be a moment of repose this time,” Corgan said. “So I’m going back to being an aggressive, street-level artist.”

Corgan has addressed the Nineties in a number of other interviews as well, whether he was calling himself and Kurt Cobain the top two scribes of the era, questioning Pearl Jam’s place in the alt-rock pantheon (“I don’t think they have the songs”) or reconciling his status as one of the era’s few revered survivors while still being an artist making new music.

“In pop, you have this weird cycle where you have to have a pressing awareness of the past, constantly, and it weighs you down more than it lifts you up,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “I think I’m finally at a place where I’m jettisoning all the baggage. I don’t feel like I have to play certain songs, but I don’t refuse to play them either.”

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