Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan "P---es On" Radiohead, Praises Ritchie Blackmore

by Damian Fanelli
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at 10:40am

Billy Corgan, the outspoken Smashing Pumpkins frontman, decided to lay into Radiohead during a recent interview with Antiquiet.

For starters, he called them "pompous" and said they're a symbol of current culture of "valuation" that he despises.

"I can't think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and p---ed on rock more than I have," Corgan said. "Obviously there's a level of reverence, but there's also a level of intelligence to even know what to p--- on. ... Because I'm not p---ing on Rainbow. I'm not p---ing on Deep Purple. But I'll p--- on f---ing Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in."

He continued: "So I find myself defending things. Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I'm not attacking that. I'm attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I'm sick of that. I'm so f---ing sick of it, and nobody seems to tire of it."

With only a week remaining until the official release of their seventh full-length album, the Smashing Pumpkins are streaming Oceania in its entirety via iTunes. You can listen here.


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