Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has shared some strong feelings today about his fellow alt-rock stars. In a recent interview with Antiquiet, Corgan discussed the future of his own music and the hierarchy of hipness in modern music. While pontificating on pomposity, Corgan took the rather unpopular stance of criticizing Radiohead. Corgan stated,
” I can’t think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on Rock more than I have. Obviously there’s a level of reverence, but there’s also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on. ‘Cause I’m not pissing on Rainbow. I’m not pissing on Deep Purple. But I’ll piss on fuckin’ Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in, buddy. Not in the world I grew up in.
So I find myself defending things. 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.”
This isn’t the first time the pumpkin smasher has taken aim at a musican icon. Back in April, Corgan claimed that the Cure’s Robert Smith tried to make out with him, and a couple of years ago he claimed that Pavement represented “the death of the alternative dream.” Read the full interview over at Antiquiet.