Published Dec 30, 2014When he's not complaining about the mediocre reviews of the Smashing Pumpkins' latest album or printing "Fuck You Anderson Cooper" T-shirts, Billy Corgan is apparently turning down offers to write songs for Miley Cyrus.
The alt-rock icon revealed in a new radio interview that he was recently approached with an offer to write songs for the headline- and crotch-grabbing pop star, but rejected the calling.
According to Corgan, it's the nature of the music industry, not Cyrus herself, that turned him off the idea.
"The problem is, and this is nothing against her, but that whole world in L.A. 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," he said.
Corgan didn't completely shoot down the idea of future collaborative opportunities, however. "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."
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman hasn't warmed to the general state of pop music, though, sharing his thoughts on the industry: "Pop music is the enemy, and I'm a pop artist, it's okay, but pop music is the enemy when it becomes robotic, predictable. It looks happy, but it's not happy at all, it's kind of gross, shallow."
He continued, "It's pornography. Music, in terms of pop music right now, is basically pornography. The videos are becoming more pornographic, the story behind the music is becoming more pornographic. Why? Because that the only move pop has. It can't win on a qualitative basis."
So while it's unlikely that Corgan will be swinging naked from a wrecking ball in the Pumpkins' next video, the possibility of sitting down and writing a track from scratch with Cyrus is still on the table.