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When did Billy Corgan turn into Raffi?

Someone let me know.

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Friday, 3 June 2005 01:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

2001, as evidenced by the below news story:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/sns-bozo-withcorgan-jpg,1,12993.photo?coll=chi-nonmmxent-utl

John Justen (johnjusten), Friday, 3 June 2005 01:39 (9 years ago) Permalink

Rah!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 3 June 2005 01:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

Wow, At least I know now.

Thanks John Justen. You are truely one of God's Great Warriors.

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Friday, 3 June 2005 01:43 (9 years ago) Permalink

He works through me...I am merely his snarky, ill-tempered servant.

John Justen (johnjusten), Friday, 3 June 2005 01:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

Best sentence about Billy Corgan ever follows in 3...2...1....

""May God bless and keep you always/ May your wishes all come true/ May you always do for others/ And let others do for you," Corgan sang as he glanced around the studio, eyeing the colorful props and sharing smiles with Wizzo the Wizard."

From our friends at MTV. Full article:

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1444464/20010613/smashing_pumpkins.jhtml

John Justen (johnjusten), Friday, 3 June 2005 01:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

man, you kids are so jaded. so what if he likes Bozo the Clown? didn't you watch Powerangers or something?

shookout (shookout), Friday, 3 June 2005 02:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

I didn't watch Power Rangers. I watched Freakazoid and Angry Beavers

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Friday, 3 June 2005 02:20 (9 years ago) Permalink

I repeat:

", Corgan sang as he glanced around the studio, eyeing the colorful props and sharing smiles with Wizzo the Wizard."

How can you not feel the love for this sentence-fragment? Embrace it, make it your own...

I'm a Speedbuggy man myself.

John Justen (johnjusten), Friday, 3 June 2005 06:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

I'm not jaded, shookout. I'm bitter that I never got a chance to share smiles with Wizzo the Wizard. In a purely platonic sense, of course...

John Justen (johnjusten), Friday, 3 June 2005 06:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

So uh, what do people think of his new album?

Narayan, Saturday, 4 June 2005 02:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

I really don't like it, But my Brother (That One Guy) loves it.

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Saturday, 4 June 2005 02:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

Bozo the Clown has a new album out?

I really have to start to pay more attention to the new release charts...

John Justen (johnjusten), Saturday, 4 June 2005 03:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh it won't be on the charts! :D

Anyway, as a long time Smashing Pumpkins/Corgan fan who tries not to let sucha fact cloud his judgement, I have to say that this album is thoroughly a hit and miss affair. It has IMO one really great song (The Camera Eye), four or five solid songs, with the rest being a mix of below average or absolutely atrocious. Right now I'd give it around a 6 or 7 out of 10, which may move up or down once I've given it more of a listen.

Anyway, it at least gives me hope that his next solo album could be great...actually ffs, REUNITE THE PUMPKINS, SLUT!!!

Narayan, Saturday, 4 June 2005 04:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

I gave it a 2 out of 10.

The lowest rating I did so far.

I like Billy Baby but he's not good anymore. You feel me?

Michael Costello (MichaelCostello1), Saturday, 4 June 2005 05:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

I saw a ridic pink racing car with two (2!) spoilers (one on top of the other), with a glittery SP heart logo on every window. On the back window, in old English lettering, it said "LADY CORGAN."

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Monday, 13 April 2009 21:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

Sounds about right.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 April 2009 21:56 (5 years ago) Permalink

Oh man, really? How so? I thought it was an unusual collision of worlds, but maybe I am not up on his fanbase.

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Monday, 13 April 2009 21:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's the goth thing from what I can tell.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 13 April 2009 22:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wait, was it Tila Tequila?

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Monday, 13 April 2009 22:04 (5 years ago) Permalink

hahaha jaymc

It looked like a chola car, Ned, not a gothics thing.

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Monday, 13 April 2009 22:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

Not that there isn't overlap, I guess. (I think the two combined use 70% of the nation's eyeliner.)

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Monday, 13 April 2009 22:09 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Based on his various appearances at the Sky Saxon tribute show last night:

1) his Little Rascals/Jughead fashion sense is one of the smarter choices he's made (or is that Huntz Hall he's inspired by?)

2) did a lot of different things with ease -- led the Spirits in the Sky pickup group through three songs (full set on YouTube), appeared for a guitar solo on one Electric Prunes number, joined Djin Aquarian of YaHoWha13 to play bass and sung lead on "Can't Seem To Make You Mine" at the end of the night.

3) provided further evidence for my theory that's actually happiest on stage (and probably in general) when he's not struggling with his own expectations and/or ego. The three happiest and most relaxed times I've seen him perform were 2000 (earlier that day he announced the band's breakup and probably just felt he could take it easy), 2001 (the second Zwan show, just after the first and therefore beyond those expectations) and last night, where he was a featured performer but not the center of attention. So last night was a lot of humor, gawkiness, shy smiles, etc.

And the new song that he debuted with the Spirits in the Sky was pretty good!

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 July 2009 21:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

not bad for a dead man

velko, Saturday, 25 July 2009 21:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

Maybe it was a clone.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 25 July 2009 21:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

dudes!
billy corgan: puppeteer

graaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave architecture (jdchurchill), Tuesday, 27 October 2009 20:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

Somehow not surprising.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 21:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

Can someone photoshop this into Being Billy Corgan?

StanM, Tuesday, 27 October 2009 21:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

that pic looks like this cover by german band

jaxon, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 20:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

The "I Think That I'm In Love with You" v.s. "Disarm" mash-up should be made any day now to celebrate this absurd pair.

Cunga, Thursday, 17 December 2009 18:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

ok that close up of corgan's face made me lol. "WHAT HAVE I DONE."

tylerw, Thursday, 17 December 2009 18:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

"he's too old for her

looks more like he's stalking her than dating her"

lolol

Cunga, Thursday, 17 December 2009 19:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

he looks more like billy drago with each passing year

you are wrong I'm bone thugs in harmon (omar little), Thursday, 17 December 2009 19:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

krampus activities (latebloomer), Friday, 18 December 2009 01:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

lol

The new Pumpkins song is actually not surprisingly not horrible. The drumming sucks, but thats to be expected when you replace Jimmy Chamberlain with a 19 year old. I really dig the guitar solo. So much better than the Zeitgeist stuff.

you gone float up with it (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 18 December 2009 01:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

The Grunge Book? Photo of 'ol SP? HORRIBLE. You'd think we were unattractive trolls...coming off digging for truffles in shit.
about 3 hours ago via txt

Billy
Billy Corgan

markers, Monday, 26 July 2010 18:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

confirming, in case there was any doubt, that it was NOT a stage move.

call all destroyer, Monday, 26 July 2010 18:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

wow there is a decent chunk of crazy there

# Soon the governments in western nations will be changing the temperatures in your home over-riding your control, all in the name of green BS 7:47 AM Jul 24th via txt

# Don't believe me? Look up 'smart grid technology'. All new control boxes will have wireless technology by law. Why?Because U use 2 much NRG! 7:49 AM Jul 24th via txt

jaymc won $5800 on day 1! (HI DERE), Monday, 26 July 2010 18:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

My parents (74 years old) live in northern CA, and my dad was ranting about this temp-control thing in their house.

gato busca pleitos (Eazy), Monday, 26 July 2010 18:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

sorta wish that shit were true

iatee, Monday, 26 July 2010 18:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

ah crap i didnt see that somebody bumped a smashing pumpkins thread about this already

dougie instructor (jjjusten), Friday, 26 August 2011 23:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

S'ok. But yeah, Corgan is an utter asshole, proven more and more every day.

Tempted to start a taking sides thread, T/S Billy Corgan vs. Morrissey: which is pissing away goodwill with his own fans faster?

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 26 August 2011 23:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah the funny thing is i have known a lot of people that have dealt with devi over the years, and she is kind of notoriously honest and nice for the boutique pedal world - so this is particularly offensive imo.

dougie instructor (jjjusten), Friday, 26 August 2011 23:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

A couple of days and a harrowing plane flight later, the band makes it to a resort town called Surfer’s Paradise, which is more or less the Miami Beach of Australia, a skinny coastal town about an hour south of Brisbane, pounded by waves and plagued with jellyfish, crowded with high-rise hotels popular with Japanese honeymooners. Surfer’s Paradise is the jumping-off point for the Big Day Out tour, a sort of Australian Lollapalooza that Soundgarden will headline this year. In the lobby bar of one of the tallest hotels, Cornell and Thayil are settling back with a couple of beers when Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins wanders through, and decides to join them for a strawberry margarita. Corgan chatters about the pain of his life, the supposed incompetence of his band (everybody rolls their eyes), the lifesaving virtues of Jungian therapy, bands that suck. Cornell gets up to leave. Corgan tells Thayil how important Soundgarden used to be to him, and he baits him by saying that the Pumpkins sometimes do a cover of Soundgarden’s “Outshined” that segues into a Depeche Mode song or something.

“I’m thinking of making my next album really new wave,” Corgan says, “like ’83-’84 new wave, not like Berlin. I spend all my time doing things that may be a bit tangential, but I think I’m going to go back to the core, the heart music. Echo and the Bunnymen.”

This is standard stuff to anybody who has read even a single Billy Corgan profile, the basic curriculum of Pumpkins 101. But Thayil isn’t buying. He’s sore.

“Don’t you see,” Thayil says, “you’re this incredibly talented guy. People like your music. You have a good band. You sell a lot of records. You don’t need all this…stuff.”

“What sign are you?” Corgan asks.

“What do you mean, what sign am I?” Thayil says. “What difference could that possibly make?”

“C’mon,” wheedles Corgan, “when is your birthday?”

“All right, goddamn it: September 4th.”

“Aha!” Corgan says. “A Virgo. You’re argumentative.”

“Damn right, I’m argumentative,” Thayil says, and takes a long, angry pulll at his beer, “which you should know because I’ve been arguing with you for half an hour, not because of any sign.”

“I’m a Pisces,” Corgan replies. “We pick up on those things.”

A minute later, Corgan, still probing, finally finds the key to Thayil’s heart: “I hate how in magazine pictures, they always stick me somewhere in the back.”

Thayil explodes: “What do you mean? You write all the songs, and you do all the interviews. You play the instruments on the album. You control the band to the extent that most people think of Smashing Pumpkins as the Billy Corgan Experience, and all you care about is some photograph?”

“But I hate it,” Corgan says, “it means they don’t think I’m the cute one.”

“Ooh,” Thayil says a little too loudly as Corgan walks away, “I’ll bet he’s going to call his therapist in Chicago, wake her up at four in the morning, and tell her about that big, mean bear who made fun of him.”

The next day at the Big Day Out festival, Thayil is talking to Kim and Kelley Deal in the Breeders’ dressing room when Corgan walks past wearing a long-sleeved Superman T-shirt like the one your four-year-old nephew probably owns.

“You hurt me deeply,” Corgan says, touching the giant S on his chest and pouting. “You hurt me deeply in my heart.” The Pumpkins go on to play the best set anybody has ever heard them play, their usual passiveness and precision overlaid with an unfamiliar scrim of anger that throws their music into brilliant relief.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 27 August 2011 01:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

wait i thought slash fic was supposed to end with corgan and thayil boning

dougie instructor (jjjusten), Saturday, 27 August 2011 06:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Billy is fucked up and wrong here, obviously, but I could only make it about 3 minutes into Ever's response video. Sorry, that person is insufferable.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Saturday, 27 August 2011 12:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

the smashing pumpkins

tylerw, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing she plays bass then

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

That's actually Billy Corgan, post-op. They founds some girl who looks just like old Corgan to play bass.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 27 August 2011 17:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

looooool @ that picture

first iteration Pumpkins >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Zwan record >>>> Zeitgeist >> Corgan solo record >>>>>>>>> everything since

i genuinely thought when i first joined that he was the admin (ilxor), Saturday, 27 August 2011 20:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

I liked his solo album better than Zwan!

۩ (crüt), Saturday, 27 August 2011 20:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

the worst thing about Corgan getting some 19-year-old kid to replace Chamberlain is that he's not even some phenomenal prodigy or anything, the show i saw last year the drumming was kinda lame

some dude, Saturday, 27 August 2011 21:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

i really like "G.L.O.W." and "That's the Way (My Love Is)" and a couple of Zwan songs, could probably put together a mix of awesome songs Corgan has done since the first SP breakup but i'd have to slog through a lot of shit to get there

some dude, Saturday, 27 August 2011 21:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

is "G.L.O.W." a paean to gorgeous ladies of wrestling?

mookieproof, Saturday, 27 August 2011 21:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Unfortunately no.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

a lot of places reported that it was (which would make sense given Corgan's wrestling fandom) but i haven't seen it confirmed w/ any official quotes or analyzed the lyrics or anything to be sure

some dude, Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

it's kind of cool that john cusack is in the band now

IT IS EXECUTION (Z S), Saturday, 27 August 2011 22:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

young cusack too, fresh out of his hot tub time machine

some dude, Saturday, 27 August 2011 23:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Vaguely inevitable

Ned Raggett, Friday, 14 October 2011 16:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

wrestlingisreal420 (crüt), Friday, 14 October 2011 16:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

the day Moses received the download on Mt. Sinai!

tylerw, Friday, 14 October 2011 16:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

All I'm interested in at this point are the reissues, once those are out, I'm severing all ties with this assclown.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 16:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

waitaminit - Fancy Space People played with Smashing Pumpkins?!

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 14 October 2011 17:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

yes

wrestlingisreal420 (crüt), Friday, 14 October 2011 17:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

two things really bummed me out when clicking around on related links:

1. D'Arcy's mugshot
2. "Watch Shia LeBoeuff's Marilyn Manson music video"

do not wake the dragon (DJP), Friday, 14 October 2011 18:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

All I'm interested in at this point are the reissues, once those are out, I'm severing all ties with this assclown.

― jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, October 14, 2011 12:38 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark

serious question -- what would reissues have to offer? the old records already sound pretty good, don't need remastering, and there's so many dozens of b-sides and non-LP tracks readily available that i don't imagine there'd be much new to bring to light for bonus material.

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

although fwiw i posted that without realizing that reissues actually have been announced and saw an interview w/ corgan where he talks about how much unreleased stuff there is for the gish reissue in particular so nevermind i guess

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Very fair question. I agree that the originals sound good, for the most part, but I feel like Gish could use some sprucing up. As far as new stuff goes, it looks like there are quite a few things that I've never heard before (at least if the bonus disc stuff listed on wiki for the first two albums right now is accurate). And, even though I have stuff like the Real Studio demos and stuff, it'll be nice to hear those cleaned up.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

1.

"Starla (2011 mix)"


2.

"Siva (Peel Session)"


3.

"Honeyspider (Real Time Demos/2011 mix)"


4.

"Hippy Trippy (Crush Music Box demo)"


5.

"Snail (live radio performance)"


6.

"Plume (2011 mix)"


7.

"Bury Me (Real Time Demos/2011 mix)"


8.

"Daydream (Old House demo)"


9.

"Tristessa (Sub Pop single/2011 mix)"


10.

"Girl Named Sandoz (Peel Session)"


11.

"Jesus is the Sun (Apartment demo)"


12.

"Blue (Gish sessions demo)"


13.

"Smiley (Gish sessions demo)"


14.

"I Am One (Real Time Demos/2011 mix)"


15.

"Seem (Suffer/Aparment demo)"


16.

"La Dolly Vita (2011 mix)"


17.

"Pulsczar (Gish sessions demo)"


18.

"Drown (alternative guitar solo)"

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Those are the Gish extras, sorry for the fucked formatting. Thats what I get for c+p from wiki.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

would literally prefer eating a plate of human shit to having to listen to this even once

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 21:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

our intrepid time traveler storms in once again, fresh from a decades-old culture war nobody else cares about

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

Isn't that pretty much the same kind of posts that aero gets all aggro about when someone makes them in the direction of something he likes?

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Its also funny that he barged in on a revive that started out about a stupid wrestling league to let us know that, yes, he still hates Billy Corgan.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

our intrepid time traveler storms in once again, fresh from a decades-old culture war nobody else cares about

Ahab close behind, clinging to his pet thesis that has no grounding in anything

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 21:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm in favor of the wrestling league tho

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 21:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

i just think it's funny when you have all this venom for random old bands that stopped being 'divisive' ages ago and are now just remembered by their fans and practically forgotten by anybody else. even malkmus has probably moved on by now, dude!

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have to laugh when aero pops up with a post like this because it goes against all the times when he chides other ilxors for getting all aggro and not being chill about stuff.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

no jon /via/ you're right I am wrong it's just useless reflexive "gah h8 them" shit from me - I just saw ned's facebook on this & then this & I was like "man of all the bands that smart people like this one is just so weird to me" - like, I don't care about new order after the first track on Republic but when they lasso'd Corgan for Get Ready I was like...really? kinda like the Stones letting Billie Joe play on their record to me, very much a "who sucks compared to everybody else here" deal

the thing about the "divisive" thing some dude is I learned about Malkmus's animus toward these guys from ilx poster some dude, on this board, within the last year. I don't know anything about any beef anybody had with him - your "decades-old culture war" is actually a single-person "I don't like this band" thing. I'm not fighting "culture wars," that idea is kind of a hobby-horse of yours. I just think this band is kinda uniquely shitful is all

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 21:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

I like some of this band's stuff (a fairly narrow swathe of it tbh) but otherwise totally feel aero's animosity. altho with me it's more of a "spurned fan" anger cuz I did really like Gish a lot in 1991 or whatever.

unorthodox economic revenge (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 14 October 2011 21:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

haha trust me, as one of those smart (I hope!) Pumpkins fans of the olden days, I'm very used to people expressing their outrage, but it seemed out of character for you

(xpost)

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 21:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

bonus tracklisting looks kinda weak

blank, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's just so much 88-91 stuff. had to stop somewhere i guess

blank, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Corgan should just write some more.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's just so much 88-91 stuff. had to stop somewhere i guess

Well thats because thats just for the Gish one. The Siamese Dream one picks up after that.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

it is out of character for sure it's just like, some things I vibe kinda alex in nyc about getting my hate on. but some dude's weird "the camp you were in then" schtick is like...I think dude has a very projected idea about what I was listening to in the 90s

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp yeah, i meant to say "there's so much 88-91 stuff to choose from, some weird choices here, etc"

blank, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

i am definitely hoping for more full-length "pistachio medley" cuts to surface, whether on a MCIS reissue or whatever

blank, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

the thing about the "divisive" thing some dude is I learned about Malkmus's animus toward these guys from ilx poster some dude, on this board, within the last year. I don't know anything about any beef anybody had with him - your "decades-old culture war" is actually a single-person "I don't like this band" thing. I'm not fighting "culture wars," that idea is kind of a hobby-horse of yours. I just think this band is kinda uniquely shitful is all

― pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, October 14, 2011 5:52 PM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark

it was just a joke about pavement's "range life" representing the general '90s indie distaste for the smashing pumpkins

but i mean stuff like the thread where you're all hey when did people decide Guns N Roses were great, or worrying that people dismiss DLR-era Van Halen because of Sammy Hagar? they just seem like slightly funny old rock lifer things to say, i hope i don't seem malicious or on some weird armchair psychology theorizing when i have a chuckle about generation gaps.

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

i mean i have no idea what you were listening to in the '90s other than the stuff you post about now that already existed back then and make no claims to believe otherwise

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I hope to see some of that stuff, but I also sometimes kind of doubt just how much of this promised booty in the vaults actually exists. Like, with the rabid bootleg following these guys have already, is there really that much "secret" stuff left? The tracklistings aren't bearing that out just yet but, as I said, I'll be happy to have some of this stuff cleaned up.

(xpost)

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

no it's cool it's just like -- I literally didn't hear "Range Life" until a couple of years ago, I wasn't involved in the culture wars you invoke except in my one-man "ooh this smashing pumpkins band is terrible" army. no malice inferred I just feel like you attribute my opinions to something more programmatic than a simple pleasure/distaste axis

it is true however that I am 1000 years old I can't front

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

not programmatic per se but i feel like you just have to x years old/entrenched in underground rock to have been offended by SP -- to alt rock kids at the time it was like ok these new guys aren't as good as nirvana but they're better than stone temple pilots so let's give them a chance, annoying vocals and all

fwiw alex in nyc's "i would like to remind you that michael jackson still sucks" is hilarious to me too

some dude, Friday, 14 October 2011 22:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

not programmatic per se but i feel like you just have to x years old/entrenched in underground rock to have been offended by SP -- to alt rock kids at the time it was like ok these new guys aren't as good as nirvana but they're better than stone temple pilots so let's give them a chance, annoying vocals and all

lol this is otm & fair enough on all points, I'm probably pretty sensitive to charges of coming off old-dude because a lot of my peers listen to exactly nothing that's new and I look at them and think "how can you have become the blinkered person talking about how fuckin great music was when you were a teenager" - kinda take pride in not being that dude as far as my listening habits go. & part of why I hate sp so bad is like I consider some hated bands of today like my chemical romance considerably more listenable than Ol' Wheezy & His Style-Free Sidemen

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

smashing pumpkins were my favorite band in elementary, middle, and high school. like ned i'll stan for billy's solo record but not much beyond that.

but i actually listened to some of the songs from the tearygarden thing today and i thought one was pretty okay! he used to be a less terrible lyricist though

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm also fascinated by how it's not just that some people like a band I always had a particular allergy to - it's, some people had life-changing experiences with a band whose music makes me reach for a glass of drano

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:30 (3 years ago) Permalink

it's not necessarily a good life

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

but yeah i loved adore when it came out and all my friends were like "this soft shit is terrible, what happened to mellon collie"

that experience informed a lot of my later attitudes, i'm sure.

mutant slow drum (BradNelson), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm also fascinated by how it's not just that some people like a band I always had a particular allergy to - it's, some people had life-changing experiences with a band whose music makes me reach for a glass of drano

I understand that sentiment; I feel that way about some other currently popular whiney-voiced indie bands my friends are really into. But I love early Pumpkins unreservedly.

wrestlingisreal420 (crüt), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

("currently popular whiney-voiced indie bands" not meant to be a zing - lol)

wrestlingisreal420 (crüt), Friday, 14 October 2011 22:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol I wondered whether it was just my narcissism that made me go "OOOH SNAP"

pathos of the unwarranted encore (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 14 October 2011 23:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

hope corgan hires mould

mookieproof, Friday, 14 October 2011 23:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

I would only go see the Pumpkins in 2011 if I could go with that guy from Ya Ho Wha 13 whose ecstatic FB comments I posted upthread.

wrestlingisreal420 (crüt), Friday, 14 October 2011 23:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

This is my favorite line: "Don't call it rock 'n' roll. I was part of a generation that changed the world -- and it was taken over by poseurs."

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

okay Billy, I will not call "Party Rock Anthem" or "Super Bass" rock 'n' roll

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

to be fair, both members of LMFAO call themselves "rock 'n' roll" in Party Rock Anthem

Sexess - Sexual Success Or; Successful Sex (crüt), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Basically all Billy Corgan did for his generation was bridge the gap between Nirvana and Third Eye Blind.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Despite all his rage
He's watching Lana Del Rey take the stage

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

that stings x-post

Sexess - Sexual Success Or; Successful Sex (crüt), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Corgan lost his hair for rock and roll, dudes!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 20:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Despite all his rage
He's watching Lana Del Rey take the stage
Video Gaaaaaaaaames

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

the empty bodies stand at rest
casualties of their own flesh
video gaaaayyymes

Abarham Lincoln posing (Abbbottt), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

he actually didn't call Lana Del Rey "rock and roll," if you carefully read that mini-story that was made for attention spans of an era in which alleged adult tastemakers listen to kiddie pop.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

stop defending billy corgan

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

it doesn't appear that he accused anyone else of calling her such either

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

it doesn't appear that anyone in this thread accused him of that referring to LDR with the "rock & roll" line, so maybe it's you who needs the lesson in careful reading

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry. it's not like I've ever seen or heard LDR, or "Party Rock Anthem" or "Super bass."

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, they all suck more or less, but they're also not aimed at condescending old fossils whose attention spans are so "long" that they only show up on threads about acts that peaked before 1996, so don't worry about that, nobody's surprised

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

come meet me

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

and the pavement?

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

some dude, I think you peaked in utero

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

well of course, In Utero was the greatest album ever made by the generation that changed the world

Sexess - Sexual Success Or; Successful Sex (crüt), Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

i bought In Utero w/ my allowance money (my brother got Siamese Dream, to keep it on topic)

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

aw crut, sorry u took that bait. YOU KIDS MAKE THIS WORLD LOUSY

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

does this make morbs and whiney a wary alliance?

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

whiney and i are friends who are obnoxious to each other on the board, there's not much mutual respect or affection under the surface w/ me and morbz

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

well tbh you should come up and we'll all have beers

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

on what basis? I don't even see whiney's comments on this thread, and I have no love for the SmPumps.... they had some good moments. xxp

sd, I have no idea what you're like aside from a guy who enjoys throwin shit at me.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I have no idea what you're like aside from a guy who enjoys throwin shit at everyone on the board

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

meh, not so. but why argue

I got to see a Mellon Collie-era show for free that was dece entertainment

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, you throw a lot of shit, you have to admit. the only reason i'm giving you any attitude right now is because you stomped into a random thread sneering at everyone in the most self-righteous way possible for allegedly misreading something when you yourself misread the thread. and the only reason nobody else bothered is because people are so used to you being a pompous windbag that your antics in this thread register pretty low on the morbs scale. ta!

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

pomp this, junior

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 01:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

i. said. ta.

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

o shit if you say 'ta' does that mean argument's over? no tag-backs?

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

mookie's color commentary is getting weird. 'ta' is something dr. m always says when he's trying to have the last word, though.

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh, ok. ta. then.

mookieproof, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

curse you Billy Corgan, you're tearing us apart

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Emptiness is loneliness and all.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

and Ned is empty, just like me.

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well I have felt a little lackluster.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

He used to be a little girl

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

scott seward, Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

never better or more appropriate on more levels

Thu'um gang (jjjusten), Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

EEGAH!

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Thu'um gang (jjjusten), Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Y'know, Corgan really isn't an unhandsome man. Why does he insist on looking like a cross between Uncle Fester and Mister Roarke?

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

so creepy

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

He said something at the time about wanting to be cured of his vanity or the like. Which was funny because his short hair dyed black look in mid to late 1995 was probably the best he'd looked yet.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 15 March 2012 05:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

condescending old fossils whose attention spans are so "long" that they only show up on threads about acts that peaked before 1996

I'm sure you will give up hobbies you no longer enjoy someday, and the Moldy Peaches peaked in 2001.

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

nicknaming your balls is not a hobby

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry. i love "Party Rock Anthem" and "Super bass."

― Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:34 AM (12 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

sorry for morby doc'ing

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

just gotta swing in to say how much I hate this guy's music it's so horrible thanks for listening everybody

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

He feeds on your hate and shits out pure love.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Which he then sells.)

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

Intoxicated with the madness.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 March 2012 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

just gotta swing in to say how much I hate this guy's music it's so horrible thanks for listening everybody

― unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:37 AM (32 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

some people make music with an audible Sabbath influence, some people just write books about them

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

the Alternative dream

Morrissey & Clunes: The Severed Alliance (PaulTMA), Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

aero otm.

we can be gyros just for one day (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 15 March 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Attention SXSW showcasing artists: Billy Corgan has some fighting words. "I'm shocked by the lack of evolution in alternative rock music," he told me backstage after his Interactive panel with author Brian Solis on Monday. "Let me put it this way: I should not be here to the level that I still I am. If the music out there was that fucking great, where is someone crushing me on the numbers? They're not. Our generation crushed a lot of bands right out the fucking door. And they had to sit on the sidelines for 20 fucking years until people got nostalgic and brought that stuff back." His Smashing Pumpkins are readying the release of a new album, which Corgan says will be more of a multimedia experience. "I'm standing exactly where every artist should hope to stand," said Corgan, who remained in town to see the Yahowa 13 documentary The Source, which screens one last time Friday, 6:45pm, at the Alamo Lamar B. "The only thing left to do is be great."


(from here)

city worker, Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

hate to say it, but he's right. mainstream 'alternative' music is a wasteland compared to early 90s.

Poliopolice, Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I was going to say, cut through the self-aggrandizement and there's a defensible point there, even if it's undercut by differences in the market.

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

my no pumpkins bashing policy in full effect. but aero on the money.

scott seward, Thursday, 15 March 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

bashing by proxy is excused in your policy scott?

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Attention SXSW showcasing artists: Billy Corgan has some fighting words. "I'm shocked by the lack of evolution in alternative rock music," he told me backstage after his Interactive panel with author Brian Solis on Monday. "Let me put it this way: I should not be here to the level that I still I am. If the music out there was that fucking great, where is someone crushing me on the numbers? They're not. Our generation crushed a lot of bands right out the fucking door. And they had to sit on the sidelines for 20 fucking years until people got nostalgic and brought that stuff back." His Smashing Pumpkins are readying the release of a new album, which Corgan says will be more of a multimedia experience. "I'm standing exactly where every artist should hope to stand," said Corgan, who remained in town to see the Yahowa 13 documentary The Source, which screens one last time Friday, 6:45pm, at the Alamo Lamar B. "And my interviews are hotter...Holla."

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

"And my interviews are hotter...Holla."

just please fucking stop

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Corgan, who remained in town to see the Yahowa 13 documentary The Source

never forget

Sexess - Sexual Success Or; Successful Sex (crüt), Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

i can't tell if jon is telling corgan to stop or if he's telling me to stop putting fake quotes in corgan's mouth

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

telling corgan but, tbh, i had no idea you added that fake one, he's said some really cringeworthy shit lately and i would not put that one past him in the least, given his attempts to be "funny"

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

today is the greatest day, holla

tylerw, Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Corgan, Kanye, Albini...is there something about Chicago musicians who can never stop saying horrible bullshit in interviews?

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the spirit of ILE crediting Poltergeist to Steven Spielberg, BC gets no props for writing a couple Hole albums?

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think he really only mostly had a hand in Celebrity Skin, right?

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 March 2012 20:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

The difference is that Corgan actually got credit on CS, Morbs.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 15 March 2012 21:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't think he was even credited, was he?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wait, I guess he was. So what was Courtney Love doing at the time claiming he didn't do anything if he's credited all over it?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 March 2012 21:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

iirc, she was just claiming that he didn't "write" the songs, but the general understanding was p much that he did, she was just trying to downplay his contributions

stan this sick bunt (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 15 March 2012 21:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought the actual issue was that everyone assumed Billy wrote everything by himself and Courtney just sang them and her assertion was that they wrote them together as a collaborative effort; she definitely gave him a ton of credit in her most recent Behind the Music special.

thuggish ruggish Brahms (DJP), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh boy, this thread is gonna be fun when the c-love stans descend on it

some dude, Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

the golden age of alternative...stone temple pilots, smashing pumpkins, hum...billy's right...bring back them golden days when bands were awesome

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

collective soul you guys

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

literally impossible to dislike any of these bands without some hidden motive other than "they're horrible"

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's true, though, who is corgan referring to when he talks about this golden age? smashing pumpkins, nirvana ... pearl jam? who does he see as the really great bands of the alternative era?

tylerw, Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

him, himself and he

da croupier, Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Zwan, too, I guess.

tylerw, Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

all those excellent bands who you don't remember because all the good music of the era was actually rap & metal & dance music

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

i listened to a Hum record on spotify, that band was fuckin' tight man, honestly

konybrony (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

i saw spacehog live but i got a free ticket from this guy at work.

he ended up being a xian weirdo. another guy went to his "fun" church with him and this other dude was with the spacehog christian and his gf, and all of a sudden the spacehog christian and his gf started rolling on the floor and speaking in tongues and shit and the regular dude was like "holllly shiiit this is fucked up" and then told me about it at work on monday. but i did go to see spacehog with him and he didn't do anything weird at the show, but the guy from spacehog mooned the crowd and took a beer bottle and shook it up and then popped the top and pretended to jack off on the audience with beer foam. don't know if it was the one that married liv tyler or not.

sorry i just want to get some 90s stuff that happened to me out there in the world.

konybrony (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

"The only thing left to do is be great."

It's actually pretty humble of Billy to admit he hasn't gotten around to this yet.

da croupier, Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

i did go to see spacehog with him and he didn't do anything weird at the show, but the guy from spacehog mooned the crowd and took a beer bottle and shook it up and then popped the top and pretended to jack off on the audience with beer foam. don't know if it was the one that married liv tyler or not.

I love you forever.

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

I need a brainwash now

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

the guy from spacehog mooned the crowd and took a beer bottle and shook it up and then popped the top and pretended to jack off on the audience with beer foam

a fair description of the 90s, also

unlistenable in philly (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

corgan just sounds cranky to me with his whole 'we sold WAY more albums than they did and you ppl think THEY'RE famous? pssht.'

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Well, to be fair, he did sell a fuck load of records, and he did it pretty much without compromising, for better or for worse. I mean, the sprawling double album sold something like 10 million copies. I'm not sure what Corgan's point is, and he is a sour grapes sort of why am I not invited to the party boo hoo dude, but if ever there was affirmation for ego, Corgan got it in droves.

Personally, I never bought an album beyond "Gish," so I blame all of you for enabling him.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 March 2012 00:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

I met a guy who said he was a "fan" of Save Ferris the other day!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 March 2012 00:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Its kinda hard for me to believe that Smashing Pumpkins existed in the same universe as Emperor in the 90's. or Eyehategod!

scott seward, Friday, 16 March 2012 00:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

as far as sprawling uncompromising major label alternadork double rock records i'll take the downward spiral every time. that album was cool!

scott seward, Friday, 16 March 2012 00:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Eyehategod!

this looks like a Pumpkins song tbh

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 March 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

sarahell, Friday, 16 March 2012 00:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

imagine if we'd seen the Corgandog in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Imagine the horror!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 16 March 2012 00:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ha, Billy Corgi.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 16 March 2012 01:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

idgi

tylerw, Friday, 16 March 2012 02:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

jeez I forgot they headlined the only Lollapalooza I went to as well

(also Nick Cave & Geo Clinton)

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 March 2012 03:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

I just saw a Solis-Corgan interview clip that I can't find now, and Corgan was sort of incoherent for part of it but also made some pretty valid and lucid points. He was basically arguing that social media is a losing game for most musicians but one they have to play anyway. He said that today's landscape means non-stop competition just to hold someone's attention, which is not conducive to a musician building himself as an "Artist" (in the most admittedly cynical, commodified sense), and that the need to constantly beg fans to do stuff and look at stuff and share stuff on social media is pretty much antithetical to the traditional image of grandiose, mysterious capital A Artists, which is ultimately the kind of image you need to hold fans interest for longer periods of time.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 18:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's not a bad point, but it's an interesting one to see coming from someone who sprays so much verbal diarrhea in interviews and who has often engaged in projects like a series of EPs every few months that seem to be partially engineered to constantly hold fans' attention.

some dude, Friday, 4 May 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

i was actually just wondering whether any artist whose appearance on the scene came anytime in the recent past could ever really become a "legend" on the level of a Keith Richards or John Lennon (or even a Billy Corgan), just because of the changes in the dynamics of the industry and the music-consuming public.

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

no. A contemporary legend is that teenager who was singing "Friday" last year.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

The number of artists fully formed in the internet era that have lasted more than a couple of years does seem pretty small in my mind, but maybe I'm not thinking of some people. I guess Kanye and Lady Gaga are the first things that spring to mind as purely 21st century "legends." Pretty sure they don't do the kinds of record sales that equivalent stars would have done 20 years ago.

The other thing Corgan said that I thought was maybe obvious but needs to be said more is that consumers' willingness to pay anything at all for recorded music has been kind of irreversibly eroded, and that the result is kind of a net loss of revenue.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's probably going to have to keep eroding to the point where a lot of artists either hang it up altogether or switch to some sort of diffuse patronage model. I think the message being sent is less that music has literally no monetary value to people than it is that a business model largely favoring the music labels is no longer sustainable.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I mean, a-doy. But still. Needs to be said more and all that.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, also recorded music literally has no monetary value to people

I'M THAT POSTA, AAAAAAAAAH (DJP), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think the message being sent is less that music has literally no monetary value to people than it is that a business model largely favoring the music labels is no longer sustainable.

― You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, May 4, 2012 3:31 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

IDK this just sounds like the same pat line we keep hearing and it doesn't seem to have proven true. Big labels are sustainable, artists are not.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

Yeah, at this juncture that's true, but I'm positing a point in the not-too-distant future where music largely stops being recorded and subsequently sold because the market can no longer sustain it. At that point, recorded music may find a niche where it does have monetary value to a (probably much smaller but likely also more fanatical) number of people.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

basically, the volume of musical choices available to us as any given time has come to a point where there's far, far more supply than demand, creating a buyer's market whose magnitude has previously never existed. music is a commodity at this point.

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

I.e. welcome to the world enjoyed by much of the rest of the arts, Music.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

well, also recorded music literally has no monetary value to people

^^^^^

hate how this gets elided all the time

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think a better way to put it is not that it has no value, but rather that something has to prove its value to a consumer first, and it's really hard for anything to do that given the glut of alternatives people have just one click away not only in the realm of music, but any kind of entertainment.

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

how does a product "prove its value"

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 4 May 2012 19:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

by being good, making a positive impression, creating a sense that someone may want to revisit it, etc

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 19:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think even that happens. I have albums that I've gotten for free that are great and I have not gone back and paid for them after the fact.

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Because you actually got the tracks in your possession, instead of just getting a taste of them. It might be different if you heard them on the radio, or in a video game, or in a commercial. For example, I bet that Fun song that was shoved down our throats for the past few months racked up a ton of sales.

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

In the future, recorded music will be subsidized by wealthy patrons and you will only be able to listen to it while in some sort of museum.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think there's any reason to think that "recorded music" will become less available, just that it will be less monetizable.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

not looking forward to the 'fourth wave of ska' wing at the moma

Philip Nunez, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

but it's an interesting one to see coming from someone who sprays so much verbal diarrhea in interviews and who has often engaged in projects like a series of EPs every few months that seem to be partially engineered to constantly hold fans' attention.

maybe that's Corgan's partial answer to why he is so bad and hated these days

Mad God 40/40 (Z S), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha true

some dude, Friday, 4 May 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

he actually even made some reference to his being bad and hated in the interview, a kind of awkward metaphor about how he's the nba player who everyone hates but grabs a lot of rebounds

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't think there's any reason to think that "recorded music" will become less available, just that it will be less monetizable.

That 'music museums' idea kinda glosses over some of the steps in my logical leap. To clarify my argument, I'm talking about recorded popular music (i.e. not stuff like classical which already has a form of patronage in place). Major labels will, at a point, tire of pouring money down the recorded music drain, and once they realize that suing potential customers only nets them a fraction of the revenue they've historically made, they'll cut way back on something. Whether that 'something' is marketing or artists' pay or the number of artists on their roster, the amount and influence of recorded output from major labels will probably diminish significantly (if not disappear altogether) in our lifetimes. To the extent that the majors cease to be much of a viable option (i.e. the extent to which musicians can basically forget about livin' like a pimp), you'll see a lot of people who don't really give a shit pulling out of the game altogether, while the people who do give a shit and/or who have a solid fanbase that does value their recorded output monetarily to some extent will continue on via other routes (e.g. Kickstarter, Bandcamp, etc.). This will basically be the 'folk/outsider' branch of tomorrow's recorded music, with the majors' increasingly-meager output forming a second branch. The likely third branch (to the extent that musicians secure forward-thinking managers and arts patrons see a dying creative industry that will need financial assistance to become more) will be the 'fine arts' branch. If incessant touring becomes the only other option for musicians to make a buck, I can see a lot of musical acts going in a sort of 'more accessible Laurie Anderson' direction (multimedia, performance-based work that caters to a gallery or pseudo-museum setting), even if only to appeal to an audience with deeper pockets who will keep them fed. I mean, I don't know how accurate my predicting will be, but sustaining a music career in the future is definitely gonna be all about sussing out alternative business models.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

On the flipside, sort of, I've often wondered what it takes to knock a band down a few notches after they've hit it big. Like, will Gotye ever play a small venue again? Phoenix? MGMT? Interpol? Whomever? How many crappy albums would it take to do so? Because I can't think of any band in recent memory that has been demoted, though I can think of several whose ascent has been pretty fast.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 May 2012 21:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

in the future? it's already like that

xp

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 4 May 2012 21:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i remember making a similar observation a while back, when MGMT made that album people really seemed to dislike but their career didn't suffer at all for it. i can't remember the last serious 'sophomore slump' in rock/alternative circles where the act really seemed to lose half their audience or whatever.

some dude, Friday, 4 May 2012 21:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

what size venues does mgmt usually play to begin with though?

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 21:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

in the future? it's already like that

Man, Yauch and the major labels all on the same day...

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Friday, 4 May 2012 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

i can't remember the last serious 'sophomore slump' in rock/alternative circles where the act really seemed to lose half their audience or whatever.

that's because bands and albums are not the currency of relevancy anymore; it's songs. And as long as those songs are in circulation (ipods, video games, commercials, etc.) they have currency. there are more venues for songs to be in circulation now than ever before, and the more share they have of these venues, the more currency they have. bands per se are almost irrelevant.

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's an interesting point.

One band that kind of sprung to mind while I was listening to Corgan talk about social media and the net not panning out so well for artists was Ok Go -- a band that I don't particularly like, but that seems to be able to keep making money from a brand built not, I don't think, on albums at all, but on a stream of clever individual videos and clever live shows that dovetail with the videos. And people will keep going to see that band, at least for a while, because it's kind of more like going to see Blue Man Group or Stomp! or something, although I don't doubt that their fans actually like their music too.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 4 May 2012 21:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

And that band is a great example. I don't think anyone who watches those videos, whether it be fans or casual viewers, give a flying fuck who is in that band. Probably the entire band could be replaced and no one would care. They know the band as OK GO and that's about it. They're there for the spectacle and the entertainment, and if anyone's watching it, it's because at that particular moment, the spectacle is better than some other spectacle available at that moment.

Poliopolice, Friday, 4 May 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

cannot think the words "the world is a vampire" unless recited in corgan's snarl. absolutely cannot.

kelpolaris, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

Do you find yourself thinking those words in other contexts?

Ned Raggett, Friday, 4 May 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Everytime I see Billy Corgan, I'm reminded of the video he did for his band Hexen, probably years before the Pumpkins. It's hard to hate him after that, even as pompous as he often comes across.

James Iha is still what made that band tick.

Matt M., Friday, 4 May 2012 23:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

James Iha is still what made that band tick tolerable.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 May 2012 13:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

I said that as a guy who is most distinctly not a fan of the band.

Matt M., Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's because bands and albums are not the currency of relevancy anymore; it's songs. And as long as those songs are in circulation (ipods, video games, commercials, etc.) they have currency.

So it's like the 60's all over again, where a band could have one or two hit singles and tour the oldies circuit more or less indefinitely. If that's the case then I really don't have a problem with it, FWIW.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

recorded music is still absolutely monetizable but the money is, always has been, always will be in the carrier.

yo just a couple (Matt P), Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

or controlling the carrier, more accurately.

yo just a couple (Matt P), Saturday, 5 May 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

i wholly & unironically support this

death and darkness and other night kinda shit (crüt), Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:15 (8 months ago) Permalink

very excited for a recording

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:52 (8 months ago) Permalink

Love the photo with this article:

In that Corgan has the dazed look of a man who doesn't realize that everyone else behind is not the original line-up, precisely because he doesn't remember driving them all away.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:55 (8 months ago) Permalink

haha, also i like how a pumpkins fan who checked out 20 years ago could see that photo and think "okay, yea, i don't remember the rest of the band looking like that but i guess they're the same members"

marcos, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:04 (8 months ago) Permalink

I won't be impressed until he submits a life-size sculpture of himself made out of butter for judging in the Iowa State Fair

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:57 (8 months ago) Permalink

Live Stream Billy Corgan's Eight-Hour Ambient Jam Inspired by Siddhartha:

Anyone else watching this and following Dan Lopatin's live tweets? I guess this is suddenly my Friday night...

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:10 (7 months ago) Permalink

Although I have to say that I'm not sure I'm going to last more than 10 minutes of this.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:11 (7 months ago) Permalink

i'm about an hour in. it's not terrible

chive on you crazy diamond (diamonddave85), Friday, 28 February 2014 20:14 (7 months ago) Permalink

The Siddhartha audio samples are pretty... literal, as interpretations go.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:21 (7 months ago) Permalink

yeah, the sections where he turns off the text are much much better

chive on you crazy diamond (diamonddave85), Friday, 28 February 2014 20:23 (7 months ago) Permalink

I know it's kind of a cheap shot, but Billy's gained some weight, right?

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:25 (7 months ago) Permalink

oneohtrix livetweeting https://twitter.com/0PN

Daniel Lopatin ‏@0PN 1m
"quietly dangling hand" its as if Hesse knew Corgan would one day patch that OSC!

ugh (lukas), Friday, 28 February 2014 20:27 (7 months ago) Permalink

Ergh, why did he go for the Australian audio book?

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:30 (7 months ago) Permalink

Beats.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 20:49 (7 months ago) Permalink

lopatin is killin' it

illegalblues, Friday, 28 February 2014 21:59 (7 months ago) Permalink

He decided to do something else for about an hour or so, but I'm back now.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 22:12 (7 months ago) Permalink

Errr... meant "I" was doing something else - although not sure I've missed anything either.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 22:15 (7 months ago) Permalink

Daniel Lopatin ‏@0PN 39s
corgan needs to do a hard restart

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Friday, 28 February 2014 22:17 (7 months ago) Permalink

lol, was just about to repost that.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 22:18 (7 months ago) Permalink

Is that it? Already? We were promised 8-9 hours.

MikoMcha, Friday, 28 February 2014 22:31 (7 months ago) Permalink

just a break

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Friday, 28 February 2014 22:55 (7 months ago) Permalink

billik organ

eardrum buzz aldrin (NickB), Saturday, 1 March 2014 00:49 (7 months ago) Permalink

the vehicle is returned

You cannot interrupt his tea stirring because it is his holy trick (imago), Saturday, 1 March 2014 02:44 (7 months ago) Permalink

that was so bad i hate you billy

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Saturday, 1 March 2014 02:44 (7 months ago) Permalink

was? is. and always shall be

You cannot interrupt his tea stirring because it is his holy trick (imago), Saturday, 1 March 2014 02:47 (7 months ago) Permalink

Just awful, I want my bandwidth back.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 1 March 2014 10:23 (7 months ago) Permalink

I can't understand how ANYONE would even be diverted for a minute for anything to do with this bell-end anyway!

xelab, Saturday, 1 March 2014 10:57 (7 months ago) Permalink

lopatin is killin' it

― illegalblues, Friday, February 28, 2014 9:59 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah that was great. he seems pretty ilxy

imago bantz and the deems context (DJ Mencap), Saturday, 1 March 2014 11:58 (7 months ago) Permalink

was lopatin telling the truth when he said the whole thing went under an hour

please say yes

joe perry has been dead for years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 1 March 2014 13:00 (7 months ago) Permalink

naw

death and darkness and other night kinda shit (crüt), Saturday, 1 March 2014 13:18 (7 months ago) Permalink

it was shit. i hate myself for watching all nine hours but i was sick in bed and its awfulness was distracting

i also enjoy in line skateing (spazzmatazz), Sunday, 2 March 2014 00:39 (7 months ago) Permalink

I like the guy's tea shop, though.

That's So (Eazy), Sunday, 2 March 2014 00:56 (7 months ago) Permalink

he sucked as soon as he cut his hair

bodacious ignoramus, Sunday, 2 March 2014 06:55 (7 months ago) Permalink


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