Billy Corgan Starts Feud With Radiohead Over 'Pomposity'

Smashing Pumpkins frontman is not afraid to dish it out
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2012 9:03 AM CDT
Billy Corgan Starts Feud With Radiohead Over 'Pomposity'
Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Nothing like a feud between aging rockers to start your Wednesday right: While promoting upcoming Smashing Pumpkins album Oceania in Antiquiet, frontman Billy Corgan took it upon himself to start up a feud with Radiohead. Explaining how he's "both embraced and pissed on rock" over the years, Corgan noted, "I’m not pissing on Rainbow. I’m not pissing on Deep Purple. But I’ll piss on f---in’ Radiohead, because of all this pomposity."

"This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore," he continues. "Not in the world I grew up in, buddy. Not in the world I grew up in." That's why Corgan is so defensive, he explains: "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." Click for the entire interview, which also includes the line "This f---ing voice kills fascists." (More Billy Corgan stories.)

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