In a recent interview with BBC Radio 6, Courney Love claimed that a number of the songs Billy Corgan wrote for his band Smashing Pumpkins are about her. Not only that — she suggested the songs inspired by her are the successful ones. When Corgan “stopped writing about me,” she added, he “stopped having hits.” Listen to the interview here.
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Love, who rose to fame as the lead singer of the band Hole, gets to the subject of Corgan around the 25 minute mark when discussing guitar players she admires. (For the record, she thinks Corgan’s better on the bass.) After lamenting his inability “to become relevant again,” Love suggested that “so many [Pumpkins’ tunes] are about me.” “Most of Siamese Dream is about me… there’s a song called ‘Bodies’ thats on Melon Collie [and the Infinite Sadness].” She also lists “Today” and “Tonight’s The Night.”
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“They’re not all about me,” Love continued,” “one’s about me and Trent [Reznor], and how mad [Corgan] was about that, and that one’s called ‘Where Boys Fear To Tread.'” According to Love, Corgan eventually found a different muse for Melon Collie when “another girl started coming around.” But except for one song on Siamese Dream — “Space Boy,” about Corgan’s brother — Love wants credit for inspiring that album.