Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman Billy Corgan has laid into Radiohead, declaring them “pompous”.
The singer, whose band release their new studio album ‘Oceania’ on Monday (June 18), said that the band were a symbol of the current culture of “valuation” which he despises.
Speaking about how rock music is viewed in popular culture at the moment, Corgan told Antiquiet: “I can’t think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on rock more than I have. Obviously there’s a level of reverence, but there’s also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on.”
He then went on: “Because I’m not pissing on Rainbow. I’m not pissing on Deep Purple. But I’ll piss on fucking Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in.”
Corgan went to compare Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood to Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore and himself and said that the veteran was better than both of them.
He added: “So I find myself defending things. Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I’m not attacking that. I’m attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I’m sick of that. I’m so fucking sick of it, and nobody seems to tire of it.”
Smashing Pumpkins are streaming their new album ‘Oceania’ online via iTunes. Visit iTunes.com to hear the record.
The album, which was originally due last September, will now be released on June 18 and has been described as an “album within an album” as it is part of their 44-song cycle ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’, the first songs for which were released in 2009.
Speaking about the record, Corgan said: “I was dead set on making an album where every song was just as valuable as any other, ignoring the typical claptrap you hear about needing a single. The only way to make the case that every song on ‘Oceania’ is worth hearing is to put your heart into the sequence as a cohesive whole. Once we felt we’d achieved that balance, only then did we let anyone outside our world hear the record we’d made.”
The album is the band’s first recorded effort with their new line-up, which now features Mike Byrne on drums, Nicole Fiorentino on bass and Jeff Schroeder on guitar, with Corgan keen to stress that they have recorded the album as a band, rather than as himself and session musicians.
‘Oceania’ is the seventh full-length effort of the band’s career.