Billy Corgan has said in a new interview with Illinois Entertainer that The Smashing Pumpkins are not a Grunge band.
“We’d even contemplated doing something, as cheesy as it sounds: Smashing Pumpkins electric, Smashing Pumpkins acoustic. Because, unfortunately, the way it’s been going the last few years, is not as much of the softer or ballady Pumpkins material is getting played, because most of the audience are coming very much for the perceptional idea of what Smashing Pumpkins is, which is a Grunge band, which of course couldn’t be further from the truth.”
He added, “So we’re in this kind of weird place where we can’t really fight city hall any more, it’s not even worth it, you just get a bunch of angry Twitter people writing. [Interviewer: ‘Why didn’t you play today?] Yeah, exactly. I’m at a point in my life now where I’m totally cool with it now, if you want to go see that band, there’s the forum.”
Last week, Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez said that Alice In Chains is not a Grunge band either.