"...and I thought -- wait, that’s 'More Than a Feeling' by Boston!"
William Patrick Corgan celebrated the release of his new album, Ogilala, by stopping by the Billboard offices on Oct. 13. Following a performance of three songs on Billboard Live, Corgan sat down for an in-depth interview with Billboard, discussing his experience collaborating with producer Rick Rubin on the latest material, a possible Smashing Pumpkins reunion, along with his memories of hearing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the first time ever.
Corgan estimates he had to have been one of the first people in the world to hear the now-iconic rock anthem as it was Butch Vig, the producer of Nirvana’s second studio album, Nevermind, who played it for the former Smashing Pumpkins frontman.
“It was July 4th of whatever the year was -- ’91 or ’92. He’d just come back from California and he was like, ‘Oh, you want to hear the new Nirvana album?’ It’s like, ‘Sure.’ So, he had a boombox and he presses play and you hear the 'Teen Spirit' [imitates the guitar riff] and I thought -- wait, that’s 'More Than a Feeling' by Boston!"