18 June 2012
by Ryan Williams
When Smashing Pumpkins played London in 2011, the crowd was split. There were those who expected Smashing Pumpkins of old, playing ‘Mayonaise’ and ‘Today’ and there were the others who had resolved within themselves that Billy Corgan was the sole remaining member of the band and that Zwan wasn’t… that bad. The former left disappointed, having forgotten that the band originally left us in 2000 with a bizarre brace of albums that were disappointingly confused and a creative zenith in turn.
This is not a grunge band any more. It has not been for some time now. Get over it. Call them The Billy Corgan Band if you want. Claim the band’s legacy is disappearing up his arse if it helps. Ignore the fact Corgan appears to have been inspired by Isis in terms of naming songs and the album. Ignore it because it’s not really important. If you’re prepared to indulge the man’s psychedelic proto prog concept 100 per cent, this might all make sense to you.