Smashing Pumpkins are playing Australia this weekend, so Billy Corgan stopped by a local morning show, where he was in the mood to drop some good sound bites. The Morning Show hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies prodded him about the state of pop music in 2015, and he gave some very Billy Corgan answers.
“I know it’s a bit early, but to me [pop music] is headed towards a form of pornography,” he opined. “You have young women sexualizing themselves earlier and earlier in really inappropriate ways to gain attention because it’s really all about getting YouTube hits.” He blamed the decline of the music industry not on streaming or illegal downloading, but on the dumbing down of it all: “Our business is shrinking because it’s becoming more lowest common denominator.”
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Additionally, he thinks there ought to be a battle going on between rock and pop.
“Particularly in America there’s a very cozy relationship between rock stars and pop stars — and I don’t think that’s a good relationship. Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason.”
He asserts that rock “will be fine” but needs to be “more aggressive” in taking on pop — just like the good ol’ days: “By definition a rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end — an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a pop star is supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting.”
“I think it’s inappropriate for any artist to take somebody else’s moment and make it their own,” Corgan said. “Maybe afterwards you can say that, you can put it in your own blog.”
You hear that ‘Ye? Keep it on your blog!