Uncle Fester lookalike and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is attempting to reignite a 15 year old feud with Pavement.
Years ago the two bands had a petty squabble, which appears to have been mainly of Corgan’s making and stems from a throwaway line in Pavement’s 1994 track ‘Range Life’ where they imagined being on tour with Smashing Pumpkins.
Corgan was so furious he reportedly managed to get Pavement removed from a Lollapalooza tour and said at the time: “People don’t fall in love to Pavement … they put on Smashing Pumpkins or Hole or Nirvana, because these bands actually mean something to them.”
This week after discovering the two bands are on the same line up at a gig in Brazil he has sought to reignite the petty spat.
Via Twitter Corgan said: “Just found out SP is playing with Pavement in Brazil. It’s gonna be 1 of those New Orleans type funerals… I say that because they represent the death of the alternative dream, and we follow with the affirmation of life part… funny how those who pointed the big finger of ‘sell out’ are the biggest offenders now…yawn. they have no love… by the way, we’ll be the band up there playing NEW songs because we have the love xx”
Pavement frontman Steven Malkmus has been typically sedate about the spat in the past and so far has remained silent over this latest outburst.
He told NY Rock magazine in 1999 that, “I only laughed about the band name, because it does sound kind of silly … I like their songs – well, most of their songs anyway … I just dissed their status. I never really cared for the rock’n’roll lifestyle or being indie.”
What do we make of all this? Well, Smashing Pumpkins produced some fine albums in their early days but since Corgan is the only original member these days they are a long way from their best.
We at Neon Filler saw Pavement last year at their ATP Festival and they were amazing live. Playing highlights from their back catalogue is hardly selling out.
In contrast I saw Smashing Pumpkins in the early 1990s at the Reading Festival and it was without doubt the worst performance by any band I’ve seen. Corgan just ranted at the other members during a lacklustre, pathetic set. I’ll take Pavement’s brand of “sell out” anyday.
by Joe Lepper