Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What's the difference between the Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan? Three band members, and quality control.

Holy shit Billy Corgan. The 1998 version of yourself would kick your ass if he could see you today.

Maybe you've forgotten that the Smashing Pumpkins put out three great, great records in the 90s: Gish, Siamese Dream, and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Then you decided to try to imitate some of what was going on in other areas of music and put out the decent, and underrated, Adore. After that, you totally lost the plot.

Sure, you wrote most of what ended up being on the albums, but if you think D'arcy, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin were just role players you're out of your damn mind. They were quality control. They added their own flavor to the songs you mostly wrote, which made those songs better. Go check and see for yourself.

Have you heard that new song you posted on your Web site? Look, I dig the whole posting-a-lot-songs-for-free gig. It's cool for fans and allows you to spread out and try some stuff. If the songs get better. Otherwise, I've got better things to do.

In "Song For A Son," I hear some interesting influence of Stairway (To Heaven, that is), I swear to God you're imitating the late-90s guitar sound of Metallica a little at points, and the lyrical egotism that made those first three albums great is still there. The problem is that the song really isn't very good. I only listened to it as much as I have because I want to warn people.

Please, stop trying to be the Smashing Pumpkins all by yourself. That 's' on the end, that makes it plural. Pick up the phone and humble yourself, even if only for a second. The world will thank you and maybe, just maybe, someone will enjoy what you're doing instead of just thanking you for continuing to work and giving away your music. 

Listen at the Smashing Pumpkin Web site and decide for yourself. I'm curious to hear if I'm the only one who is thoroughly disappointed.

Posted via email from Stephen Feller

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