Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Pumpkins, peeled

AN OUTSIDER could possibly argue there is something inherently tragic about Billy Corgan in 2010.

As the bandleader and chief songwriter of the Smashing Pumpkins, Corgan was a determining 1990s figure during the most vital period of modern rock. Yet although the grunge era produced many immense records, much of it was underpinned by a slacker ethos that sits awkwardly with Corgan.

He was, and relics, an obsessive control freak and workaholic with an ludicrously deep-seated self-belief in his music.

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