Here are some quotes from CBC‘s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, discussing America’s current problems and the lack of an appropriate artistic response from musicians.
“40% of Americans don’t have more than 500 dollars in their savings account. That ought to tell you something, I mean that is a nightmare waiting to happen. We’re all partying like it’s 1999, to quote another great artist.”
“What’s interesting to me about artistic response is most have taken the let’s just pretend the party is still going. Most music, if you listen to the radio, most music is hey everything’s great. I’m having the ‘tiiiiime of my liiiiife.’ Everything’s great, ‘tonight’s gonna be a good night.’ It’s all like just keep that party going, keep that kick running into infinity. I’m sorry we’re about to hit a wall where that’s just not going to work anymore. There are artists out here who are trying to represent, sort of an anticipatory wave that’s coming. What does it mean to lose something, in my case it’s what does it mean to lose the American dream.”
“My point is what we’re doing to ourselves economically, how we’re f’ing ourselves by our Chinese debt and all this stuff. I mean that is going to have a real impact on our children, and our children’s children, and their children. That is the loss of the true American dream.”
Billy also talked about how news outlets troll his interviews for quotes. While we do tend to use some juicy/sexier quotes of Billy’s, I think our articles usually contextualize the quotes by including as much as possible in the actual stories. When I think Billy talks about something interesting like this as well I turn it into a story. It’s not always the Stephen Malkmus/James Iha quotes!