BILLY CORGAN SAYS “JAMES IHA SHOULD FEEL ALONE”

I’m not sure if this quote was taken out of context by the interviewer, but here is an excerpt from Billy Corgan’s new interview with local-iq.com:

While the infighting was most highlighted shortly after the Smashing Pumpkins’ first breakup (in 2000), and during the tumultuous recording of its breakthrough albums, that fevered tension had always plagued the band — from Chamberlin’s endless struggles with heroin, to the rocky romance between bassist D’arcy Wretzky and guitarist James Iha, to the suffocating hold OCD and clinical depression had on Corgan.

Endless tall tales were spun from the Pumpkins’ strained ties, one of the most famous being Iha (who cofounded the Smashing Pumpkins with Corgan in 1988) sitting alone in a bar, watching the band’s MTV video debut, and realizing he could think of no one to call and share the good news or celebrate with.

“I think James Iha should feel alone,” Corgan said. “As far as myself, music wasn’t as popular a thing to do when I started back in 1986 as it is today. You were held up by your family as an object of scorn, because they all said you’d end up on drugs or in jail for playing music. My musical life has isolated me because I am trying to communicate from the most honest parts of my many personalities, and yet I am constantly told that that person cannot possibly belong.”