In Part 4 of Crestfallen owner Jonathan Monte’s new interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan, Corgan continued to discuss his desire to put the Smashing Pumpkins on hiatus and his problems with his career.
On the state of his career: “The one thing that you know, and I know, is that excellence at the highest level trumps every argument, which is why a filmmaker who is on the dust heap if he makes the brilliant film, or if she makes the brilliant film, suddenly they can have a comeback. Robert Downey Jr., the top to the bottom to the top. So anything is possible with excellence, in his case, I’m lucky enough to know him barely, he’s a fantastic actor, no doubt about it. The guy’s a great actor and he deserves to be a big movie star and I’m happy that he’s back where he belongs, because that’s where he belongs. Maybe that’s it, maybe there’s only room for me in that dust heap when I’m at my best best best best. Maybe that’s what I’m trying to say. Maybe the days of hoping the audience is willing to let me be less than robotically perfect or, do you want to follow me down B-side lane, young Jonathan. Do you understand? Maybe all those days are over, and there’s only one thing left to do.”
He later said, “I’m not going to continue on this [current] path, but I think we’re on a path where if we kind of were willing to kind of slog our way through the next 4 or 5 years, we could kind of come out the other end. But I don’t see doing that.”
On Smashing Pumpkins’ 2007-2013 resurrection: “If 50 songs were released and 10 were excellent and 40 were shit, well at least you got 10 more excellent songs. It wouldn’t have existed [without bringing the band back].”