Billy Corgan Sounds Off on Music Biz and Younger Generation of "Poseurs" at SXSW

> Mar 13 2012

Billy Corgan Sounds Off on Music Biz and Younger Generation of "Poseurs" at SXSW
By Gregory AdamsSmashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan dished out disdain for the current state of the music scene during an interview at SXSW yesterday (March 12), with the alt-rock vet comparing younger musicians to strippers and "poseurs."

Speaking with author Brian Solis at an event billed "The End of Business As Usual" (borrowing its title from one of Solis's books), the Pumpkins leader explained that his '90s heyday was more legitimate than the current crop of attention-grabbers, Billboard reports.

"I was part of a generation that changed the world -- and it was taken over by poseurs," Corgan stated.

Corgan continued to rip on the younger generation, explaining that artists will do anything to get noticed these days, regardless of talent. He compared emerging artists to prostitutes, saying that "[once you make that deal] you're just the fresh stripper."

He also added that setting yourself on fire on YouTube would be one of the only ways to get noticed on the site these days, hinting that musicianship has taken a backseat to image. 

"[Artists that break through now] have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal," he said. "Not to be respected -- not to be dangerous."

The singer-songwriter did, however, admit that the music scene has always had its faults. "I knew I was being exploited," he said of his own wheelings and dealings, "but there was a Faustian bargain to be made."

Corgan and the Pumpkins are still knee-deep into their proposed 44-track Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which is being released by the band in instalments. As previously reported, Smashing Pumpkins are also working on their new Oceania album.

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They also have a separate full LP coming out this year called Oceania.
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Billy is right...there is no danger out there anymore, all the dudes I see in bands these days are metrosexual clowns. We need more Lemmy's out there...
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We are talking the same guy who while interviewing Nick Cave for mtv circa 94 said that in his opinion (that of "teenage" america) being from Australia and Being from london were the same thing, Nick asked billy "how old are you?" billy replied "27".

AND BILLY DEFENDED THAT OPINION, the video of this used to be on youtube.

Don't get me wrong I like the pumpkins but i think billy corgan is fucking washed up hasbeen idiot and is only looking on the surface of whats going on in the music world today.
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Waa Waa Waa....Baby biwwy cry
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Billy Corgan is a bitch.
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There is certainly something to be said for being bullheaded and outspoken - the man may not always be right but at least he keeps it interesting.

And in this case he's not far off. Fame is overly valued and it is frustrating to see talent go unrecognized. That said - as far as I can see this has always been the case. I beg to disagree that this is a recent trend.
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it's always been this way. When you are young & involved with your scene, that's what matters to you. Once you get older, get out & look back you skim the surface on the state of music ...lo & behold "it all sucks". No it doesn't all suck, you making a huge generalization & doing what you hated about old guys when you were a kid.
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