December 11, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan blasted Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters in a new interview with Howard Stern, saying that neither band matched the early ’90s accomplishments of either the Pumpkins or Nirvana. About Pearl Jam, Corgan said, “I don’t think they have the songs. I think you stack my songs up, (Kurt) Cobain’s songs up and that band’s songs up, they don’t have the songs. They’re a great band. Look, they’re still an arena act. They’ve been getting it done for a long time and I have to bow to that.”


Corgan said he was friendly with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder at one point, but they haven’t been social in years, explaining, “I haven’t been in a social frame with the guy in I don’t know how long but I think a lot of people are transformed by fame . . . You can’t blame him. He was on the cover ofTime magazine, not me, and dealt with a level of fame that I never dealt with, so I can’t say what that feels like.”


Corgan also had some choice words for Foo Fighters, saying, “Dave (Grohl) is a great musician, a great songwriter and has done the work. To me, my criticism of the Foo Fighters, if I’m being a music critic is that they just haven’t evolved and that’s sort of the recent rap on them is, you know, making the same music . . . Listen, he’s getting it done so it’s like, if you want to be competitive, my philosophy against his, he’s winning.”

The Pumpkins founder recently said that he and Kurt Cobain were the top two songwriters of their generation, and that everyone else was a “distant third.”

  • A new Smashing Pumpkins album, Monuments To An Elegy, arrived on Tuesday (December 9th).