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Music is your guide.
– Billy Corgan
We’ve turned into a whining society.
You’re in a band 24 hours a day.
Most people are living lives of sort of survival. And constantly posing an existential crisis, either through fantasy or oblivion, really has been pretty much explored in rock and roll. At least in the western version of rock n’ roll.
Do I belong in the conversation about the best artists in the world? My answer is yes, I do.
I’m attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I’m sick of that.
I’m just an artist. I can only do so much. I can only say so much.
I feel like I’m always fighting not to repeat myself.
People think I take some sort of masochistic pleasure out of putting out music that’s gonna be unpopular.
I’ve been too productive for too long, and despite what anybody wants to strip away from me, I am influential. I am.
I’m not interested in pop art.
I started thinking that if post modernism is about people opening up all their skeletons, I’m going the other way. I don’t want anyone knowing anything about me anymore.
I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity.
You’ve got to be ready to be in a great relationship.
I’m a really honest person.
Somewhere between the intellectual idea of why we’re attracted to certain things and the pragmatic reality is some form of ever-evolving truth.
To re-embrace what I once loved about music has been a warming process for me, because it’s a good, earned feeling now.
You will never see the four original Pumpkins on stage ever again, unless it’s a Hall of Fame thing. But you would never see a tour. There’s so much damage, there’s no way.
My mother and I parting company at four years old is a recurring theme; although it’s not symbolically necessarily present, it’s present in all my relationships.
If I worried about appearances, I wouldn’t be at Cubs games.
There’s a lot of days where you feel forgotten.
To be able to put your arms around 24 years of music, it’s really fun.
I mean there’s certainly a lot of progressive rock and metal that exists at the underground level, which has its own vitality, as it should. But it seems to have lost its ability to really charge up the hill.
Radiohead and Our Lady Peace are doing the seven layers of guitar, and I kind of jumped on that before anyone else did.
You just reach a point sometimes with somebody where it just doesn’t work.
I realize I’m a mirror.
I do not think wrestling is going to save the world.
I mean my point as an artist is I’m on my own little weird journey across the sky here and whether or not anybody’s listening, or listening to the degree I would like them to, at the end of the day has to be an inconsequential thing because I can’t chase this culture.
The ideology of the Smashing Pumpkins was ultimately more valuable than the music of the Smashing Pumpkins. That’s what critics can’t put their finger on.
There’s a difference between being a poseur and being someone who’s so emotionally challenged they’re kind of just doing their best to show you what they’ve got.