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Billy Corgan rips into iTunes, FB, claims killing rock

updated 08:27 am EDT, Thu June 14, 2012

Billy Corgan expresses his dictate for rock in the iTunes age

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has lambasted the iTunes and Facebook culture for helping to take the danger out of rock 'n' roll. In an interview with Antiquiet, Corgan vented his disdain for the 'cuddliness' of social networking and iTunes. He thinks that the phenomenon of iTunes and Facebook could be holding back the next generation of genuine rock talent from 'kicking their own door in' as bands such as The Clash and Nirvana had done in the past. His comments, ironically, come at a time when his band's latest album Oceania is a featured album on the iTunes Store and can be streamed for free ahead of its release.

For Corgan, there is a certain peer pressure on Facebook that stops people from expressing their real thoughts and feelings on topics. 'Look, we're all insecure in our own ways, most of us,' said Corgan. 'You've got a Facebook with a few hundred friends. If you do something truly radical, are you ready to withstand the forty negative comments?' he argues. 'Most people aren't. So they're getting peer pressured at levels they don't even realize. It's what you don't say,' Corgan said during his interview.

As for iTunes, Corgan believes that the type of attitudinal disruption that was brought out through bands like Rage Against the Machine seems to have evaporated thanks to iTunes. Apple's 'friendly cuddly' technology has ruined, for Corgan, the idea of rock as a weapon for railing against what is wrong in the word today.

'Tom Morello [of RATM] had this quote on his guitar from Woody Guthrie: 'This guitar is a f***ing weapon. This guitar kills fascists.' 'Love kills f***ing fascists,' said Corgan. 'And when music is so goddamned f***ing iTunes friendly cuddly, it makes me want to f***ing puke,' he exclaimed. 'The world has never been more dangerous than it is right now, and we have a limp, impotent artistic response to the situation.'

As with most releases in the iTunes age, Apple will be making Oceania available for download on June 19 when it officially launches. [via PC Mag]

by MacNN Staff




  1. facebook_Samuel

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Jun 2012


    And Billy...

    ...hasn't been relevant since the 90s.

  1. mlechman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Billy complains that iTunes has watered down music or taken the piss out of it or something, and then goes on to release some fluffy poser music on iTunes itself. Umm wtf? And I wouldn't listen to anything Tom Morello from Rage Against Florence has to say. First, he's a musician. Second he was in a band who made their money by featuring an anti-corporate/anti-sellout ideal in their musical philosophy...but of course had zero problems being sponsored by Coors on their world tour. Nice one. Billy and Tom, if you want some real music to kick your a**, type the word "Rancid" or "Casualties" into your iTunes search bar and see how it's done.

  1. facebook_Steeve

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    Joined: Jun 2012



    ITunes is a virtual store. How was buying an album at HMV any more Rock'N'Roll? I fail to see how wining about the commercial aspect of the music industry is Rock'N'Roll either. Billy's venom is made less potent by the below average music he's been releasing to little acclaim. Bless him...

  1. ferdchet

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yeah, thati's it, Billy!

    Because nobody is willing to tell their friends about new music on Facebook, your new album is not doing well. That's the ticket. Billy has been idolized for too long I think, and it's gone to his head.

    Some tips for you, Billy:
    1. It's just music. Yeah, I like music too. But it's just music.
    2. Get over yourself.

  1. macturd2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I would argue that Bill Corgan is killing rock! LOL
    Smashing Pumpkins SUCK

  1. kerryb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Facebook friends?

    95 % of Facebook friends are not real friends so why care what they think. Whenever you put a statement in the least bit G rated you can expect some fallout. I understand what he is saying about music but he should focus attention on the record companies not the digital (retail) stores. Rap had a message in the 90's with groups like Public Enemy, now Hip Hop is never about politics but s** and luxury goods. Sure it may shock your parents but it won't bring any social change. The music industry has bought out any artist that sincerely anti-establishment and cosmetics, car companies, and soft drinks are where so called musicians make most of their money.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Poor Billy

    He bought his iPad at an Apple Store so his iPad sucks. If he would have bought his iPad at Best Buy, his iPad would absolutely rock.

    Try making some music people actually want to buy. Then post it on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Or perhaps Billy should just go for their combined site (to borrow the words of Conan O'Brien): You Twit Face. How good can his music be anyway - the man's standing under an umbrella indoors.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    shorter Corgan

    get off my lawn you damn kids

  1. iSkippy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps Mr. Corgan would like me to cancel my iTunes preorder of Oceania.

    I don't buy music from music stores other than iTunes now (no need for physical media filling up my apartment), so he'd be completely without a sale.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Billy... will never be forgiven for the album "Adore."

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