Recently, Billy Corgan released his newest attempt at rekindling the old magic that was Siamese Dream, that was also updated for today’s landscape. That attempt was called Monuments to an Elegy, and it received middle-of-the-road reviews. Maybe out of frustration for this, Corgan has been going out and making all kinds of statements about the state of the music industry. He said that the late Kurt Cobain and himself were “the two scribes and everyone else was distant third”, talked some shit about Eddie Vedder and Foo Fighters, as well as starting to make plans for another album.
It all comes off as just a bit desperate, but now, he’s shared something potentially insightful and relating to his music. Corgan recently did a quite interesting interview for OÜI rock sessions, in which he gave a couple of songs to the hosts, talked about them for a little bit, and then did a performance of his own at the end. During the interview section, he talked about Miley Cyrus saying:
“We quickly forget that she was once a Disney kid, and part of what makes Miley seem dangerous in the culture is because of where she came from. If she was just some nobody who appeared like she is now, I don’t think people would have the same emotional response. The way I look at it is she’s very talented. As long as somebody’s talented, you can argue all day about should they do this should they not. But she’s very talented. She’s a very good singer. So at least I can stand back and say qualitatively that she’s a better pop star than 99.99% of them, even if I don’t like the music…”
Which is interesting in itself, but he goes on to say:
“Actually, I was asked recently to get involved. But the problem is — and this is nothing against her — but that whole world in LA is they want you to write a bunch of songs, then the pop people pick through: “I want that one, I want that one.” I don’t do that. If she called me and said, “Would you write a song with me?,” I would consider it. Because again, she is very talented, and it would be a cool thing to explore. But I’m not going to write a song and sit by the fire, hoping that Miley will pick my song over the next stupid song.”
You can watch the interview here:
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It’s a very interesting concept, actually. Despite what your feeling may be on Miley, her collaborative efforts do tend to come out quite good. She recently did a Beatles cover of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, and even joined him onstage to help with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and both efforts were surprising. Maybe for the next Smashing Pumpkins album, she’ll be featured?? Probably not, but it might be cool...