According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan has blasted RADIOHEAD in a new interview with NME, saying that the British band is part of a current cultural view of rock music that he can’t stand. Corgan explained, “I can’t think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on rock more than I have . . . there’s a level of reverence, but there’s also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on.” He added, “Because I’m not pissing on RAINBOW. I’m not pissing on DEEP PURPLE. But I’ll piss on fucking RADIOHEAD, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says (RADIOHEAD guitarist) Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than (PURPLE guitarist) Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in.”
Corgan added, “Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I’m not attacking that. 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.”
The PUMPKINS founder and sole original member also blasts the political and social impact of rock music in the interview, saying, “The world has never been more dangerous than it is right now, and we have a limp, impotent artistic response to the situation,” adding that he should be “celebrated as a radical.”
Corgan and the current version of the PUMPKINS release a new studio album, “Oceania”, next Tuesday (June 19).
The disc follows up 2007’s “Zeitgeist”, which was the first PUMPKINS album since the original band dissolved in 2000.
The PUMPKINS will play a private record release show in New York City on Tuesday, and plan to play the Oceania record in its entirety at that gig and other upcoming tour dates.