More than three years after the Smashing Pumpkins played their farewell show, former frontman Billy Corgan has taken to his official Web site (http://www.billycorgan.com) to clear the air about the true reasons for the Chicago's band's split.
"I am going to share some things with you that you have never heard me say," he wrote Tuesday. "That doesn't mean I'm rewriting history; that means that I'm going to tell you the truth about who I am and what I believe in my heart. A lot of things that I have said thru the years seemed confusing, like I was hiding something, and oftentimes I was. 'Why,' you might ask. Many times I hid things to protect my band mates."
Corgan said he regrets initially blaming the split on "fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world." "By saying that, I was seen as someone who was crying foul, taking his ball and going home, which was sad, 'cause it wasn't true at all," he continued. "The truth of the matter is that James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins. Not me, not Jimmy, but James. Did it help that D'arcy was fired for being a mean-spirited drug addict, who refused to get help? No, that didn't help keep the band together, not at all."
The Pumpkins were an odd band. The only one of them who was really good at their instrument was Chamberlain, the songwriting was VERY up-and-down and repetitive, Corgan has one of the worst voices in rock history.....and yet they were still one of my favourite bands. Go figure.
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Originally posted by StaggerLee...Corgan said he regrets initially blaming the split on "fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world."...
Years after that statement was made public, (and before I read this article) I didn't believe the argument held any water. I mean, Britney's and Corgan's musics are light years apart in styles; they appeal to much different audiences. I think Billy should have been blaming the Napsters of the world, since (correct me if I'm wrong) Napster was getting really popular around that time.
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Originally posted by Big BadThe Pumpkins were an odd band. The only one of them who was really good at their instrument was Chamberlain, the songwriting was VERY up-and-down and repetitive, Corgan has one of the worst voices in rock history.....and yet they were still one of my favourite bands. Go figure.
Yeah, Jimmy Chamberlain is one of the best rock drummers not named Charlie Watts, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, or Stewart Copeland. I thought the guitars on their albums (whoever was playing them) were quite a bit better than just okay, though. I've been heavily addicted to Machina lately, so this is an oddly timed announcement.
I wonder if three years from now we'll find out the real reason why Zwan split up?
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