December 22, 2014

Now that the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Monuments To An Elegy, has been released, singer Billy Corgan said in a new interview with the Guardian that he’s stupefied by the “three-star” reviews the disc is getting.

Smashing Pumpkins BillyCorgan explained, “I thought for sure I would get really strong reviews for our new album, based on all the feedback I was getting. But I’m getting the same reviews I got back in the day, these kind of middling, muddling reviews that just won’t **king say: ‘This is a **king brilliant album from a brilliant artist.’ It’s always got to have a qualifier to it.”

Corgan said that he puts an painstaking amount of effort into every song he records: “I’m more detail-oriented probably than anybody I’ve worked with. People commonly call it perfectionism, but I feel a little bit like a painter, because as the person who sort of generates the original idea and writes the song, I have to sort of put it all together. So it’s like, if some element is not supporting another element that I’m intrinsically involved in, then there’s some part of me getting disappointed.”

Corgan told the Guardian that even the “classic” Pumpkins albums from the 1990s got the same kind of reviews, saying, “How many years do I have to put in at the company? I don’t want a gold watch, I just want what’s f**king fair. I started with a group of artists in 1990, and along the years, I’ve had to hear about how many different bands. . . (are) the next big thing, this is the next Nirvana.”

Corgan added, “Here we are 25 years later, and how many f**king people are left? . . . There should come a point where it’s like, ‘Welcome to the rock ‘n’ roll club.’ If I’d gotten the reward for the work I did during this generation that you love so much — the ’90s — then maybe I wouldn’t be looking for it now.”

  • Monuments To An Elegy is the ninth Smashing Pumpkins studio effort and follows up 2012’s Oceania.
  • The disc features Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder — the only other current “permanent” member of the Pumpkins — and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, who played on all nine of the set’s songs.
  • Corgan recently assembled a touring lineup of the Pumpkins that includes Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk and Killers bassist Mark Stoermer in addition to him and Schroeder.
  • A second album, titled Day For Night, is slated for release sometime next year.