Billy Corgan justifies his continuing Pumpkinhood

Billy-corgan_l Back in March we pondered the question of whether it was right for Billy Corgan to carry on playing under the name of the Smashing Pumpkins given that he is the sole surviving member from their classic line-up. Now Mr Corgan himself has defended his decision on the Pumpkins website. The singer-guitairist admits that, "the idea of identity is a strange one to tackle. For many years, I treated the idea of the band named The Smashing Pumpkins as an existential concept that existed away from my being and body." Corgan goes on to explain, "The music I am making sounds like The Smashing Pumpkins. It doesn't sound like solo work, I can assure you of that." He also notes, "I've never been happier about being in SP, or a part of SP, than I am now." The comparative nature of the latter statement may provoke a wry smile from longtime Corgan-watchers, given that even on his happiest days the man still seems to be as miserable-as-sin.

So, are you convinced by Corgan's reasoning? Or do you think this is just another case of someone realizing that there is more money to be made from a familiar band/brand name than from playing solo? Is it ever right for just one person to carry on under the group banner (see also: Guns N' Roses) or following the departure/demise of a crucial member (see the Jerry Garcia-less "The Dead")?

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  • Phil

    Over my years, I have met many a band, celebrities & superstars, but never had I ever met one of Corgan’s obnoxious demeanor. On the day the Smashing Pumpkins released there “final” album “Machina – The Machines of God” in Feb. 2000 I was working at the major Tower Records retailer in Philly, where they were doing an in-store signing. During those signings, we shut down most of the multi-leveled store in order to accomodate for the fans & proper security. It was my job to not only sell the artist doing the signings release at the front register, but on this particular date, Corgan & the band’s manager made me their personal asisstant, calling around to local Staples in the area, in order to replace their portable printer, (which HELLO It was wayyyy back in 2000 & not nearly as available as today). I was the ONLY staff member other than the GM Corgan said he would speak to. Sure members of the staff were fans, but they weren’t even alllowed to ask for autographs. His ego is UNBELIEVABLE

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  • Luis

    I’ve never been a fan of double albmus. They usually end up being 1 album worth of good material spread out over 2 albmus.Example Red Hot Chili Peppers last album, Stadium Arcadium.But, Mellon Collie was brilliant, first to last track.Continues to be a go-to album if I’m feeling a little blue.

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