Smashing Pumpkins are back with a new album, and Billy Corgan is using the publicity to share his opinions on some of his ’90s rock contemporaries.
Corgan has already compared himself to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain this week, saying they were the ‘top two scribes’ of the decade.
But, speaking to US radio host Howard Stern, he didn’t have such positive things to say about Cobain’s former bandmate Dave Grohl, saying the Foo Fighters ‘haven’t evolved’, while Pearl Jam ‘don’t have the songs’.
Uh-oh, could this be the start of a double rock beef?
Billy Corgan on Foo Fighters:
“Dave [Grohl] is a great musician, a great songwriter and has done the work but to me, my criticism of the Foo Fighters, if I’m being a music critic, is that they just haven’t evolved and that’s sort of the recent wrap on them is, you know, making the same music.
“Obviously, I’ve put my whole life on the line for making different types music as I’ve gone along. We’ve talked last time I was here about playing old songs, evolving and it’s just my mentality. I know it’s not for everybody. Listen, [Dave’s] getting it done so it’s like, if you want to be competitive, my philosophy against his, he’s the one winning.”
Billy Corgan on Pearl Jam:
“If you listen to the band’s work, and I know they have a tremendous fanbase and they should, they’re a great band but you know, I’m a Beatles guy, a Stones guy and a Kinks but if you go to a lot of those other bands they just don’t have the work,” said Corgan. ” I just don’t think Pearl Jam have the songs.
“If you stack my songs up, Cobain’s songs up and that band’s songs up, they don’t have the songs. They’re a great band, still an arena act, they’ve gotten it done for a long time and I have to bow to that.”
Smashing Pumpkins new album Monuments To An Elegy is out now.