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In-Depth Interview, 2008 Coca-Cola Zero Fest - 2008-04-12
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This Billy Corgan Interview with Claudio Rodriguez from Telehit was filmed during the 2008 Coca-Cola Zero Fest in Mexico.

A wide array of topics were discussed between the two such as the decision to record "Zeitgeist" & the purpose of the album, the American Gothic sound, why "Superchrist" was recorded, how Billy first became interested in music, his extensive baseball card collection, his mother being consistent throughout his life, lessons that he learned from his time in The Marked, the origins of the name "Smashing Pumpkins" & creating a band larger than life, changes in his perception of success over time & problems with mainstream success, Billy finding solace in old Jazz music from the 1950s, the importance of his relationship with God, why Paris Hilton was in the album artwork for "Zeitgeist", the difficulty of playing soulful music with D'arcy and James when their relationships deteriorated, problems with iPod playlists, having more freedom in poetry, writing a song as being the best moment for Billy and recording being a compromise, the original vision for the Teargarden project, pre-plans for the reissues, Billy wanting to start a synthesizer band & working on more solo music, the Zwan experience, the importance of putting your whole heart in music, Billy recommending a 1930s movie called "Children in Paradise", the history behind the ZERO shirt and not being able to copyright his design.

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