Fuse.TV Interviews by Joe Lynch and Steve Pavlopoulos, December 2012
When Billy Corgan was in town for his band Smashing Pumpkins' benefit concert in Brooklyn, the alt-rock icon stopped by to talk about the recent announcement of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, especially his two faves: Prog masters Rush and girl rockers Heart.
"Rush deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for these reasons," explains Corgan. "They're one of the most influential bands to get musicians to pick up their instruments and play at a high level. They have some of the best lyrics in rock history. They stand alone in terms of sound and style. Their commercial value has been under appreciated; they've packed arenas for 30-something years."
For Corgan's complete thoughts on Rush and Heart, watch the video below.
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan reacts to Rush and Heart being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan: "Pop Music Is Just Porn Now"
As the singer-songwriter in Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan obviously has a way with words. Thankfully for us, the alt-rock legend doesn't limit his gift for a memorable turn of phrase just to music.
For instance, when we asked Corgan to give us his take on the current state of pop music, he offered this unforgettable comparison: "Pop is just porn now—it's just people competing for cum shots."
"It's like looking into a hall of mirrors where all you see is other mirrors," Corgan tells Fuse. "It gets to the point where it's not fun anymore. I can't even hate on it as fun because it's so nothingness. Maybe the next Michael Jackson or Madonna or even Lady Gaga can transcend the genre, but I really doubt it."
Even if Corgan's take on pop music is divisive, he wants his recently-opened tea house Madame Zuzu's to be anything but that. "I don't want it to be 'the hip spot' where grandma walks in and says, 'This isn't for me,'" Corgan explains. "I'm sick of people getting niche-d out, I think that gets boring real fast. I wanted a place where artists can come and co-mingle in a community sense? where they can come together to create and develop new projects."
Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan talks about his band's "Oceania" tour and explains why current pop music is irrelevant.