Billy Corgan Q & A
Thanks to Eve Stahlberger
Billy Corgan Smashing Pumpkin's outspoken front man, is up for can you handle it grilling? Will he make it through without becoming melancholy and reaching for a kleenex?
Q- Will Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness be the Pumpkins last album?
Billy- It's certainly the last time we'll ever sound this way. I don't know where we'll go from here, but it'll be a completely different direction. It's not like were bored with rock cos we love it. But it's our responsibility to push new territory so the world doesn't pass us by.
Q-Why did you shave your hair off?
Billy- I just got so sick of worrying about appearance that by shaving my hair completely de-emphases the way I look. I kind of subscribe to the Einstein theory that the less you have to think about the more upwards you become.
Q-Do you see The Smashing Pumpkins in a tradition of rock and roll that's not really happening right now?
Billy-We are very much of our time. That's why I wanted to put out a double album...I feel that this album's relevant today, and it may not be relevant in a year even, but it's important in the world right now. It's like a state address.
Q-What makes it relevant right now?
Billy-Things are desperate it's like a mass resignation. I'm only reflecting what I see a desperate class of people with no future. I'm not so far from my suburban learnings that I can't relate. I talked to a lot of kids about their lives in the last two years. I got a lot of letters. There was an interesting comment in Generation X about how this particular generation is so over educated and lives in a world that doesn't need education. So you have all these people with opinions, and there's nothing for them to do with them.
Q-What do you dance to at wedding receptions?
Billy-"Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. That's the standard American wedding song.
Q-What did you do last Halloween?
Billy-My wife and I stayed in and doled out Halloween candy. We knew that the kids would be coming just because it's my house and I ended giving candy out to like these tiny four and five year old kids.
Q-What were you like as a child?
Billy- A quick learner. Very good at responsibility. A day dreamer and I had a lot of energy. I wasn't hyperactive but somewhere close to it.
Q-How did you perceive yourself during adolescence?
Billy-Well awkward...an ugly duckling.
Q-How many psychedelic shirts do you own?
Billy-They've all been retired. There's a closet at home that has all of them in it. Each one brings back a particular memory.
Q-Would you ever make a dance record?
Billy-No. I own dance records and I never play them. It's a complete waste of time, to the point where I realize their okay to shake your ass to but they're no good when your making toast.
Q-What will be on your epitaph? I came, I rocked I fell down and died.
Billy-No I think my headstone will read, "I was never satisfied"
Q-What is your agenda?
Billy- To rock the world.
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