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Billy Corgan derides musical poseurs at SxSW

By | Published on Wednesday 14 March 2012

Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan was speaking at South By Southwest yesterday, for some reason. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman had much to say about current bands and their lack of substance, claiming that he “was part of a generation that changed the world – and it was taken over by poseurs”.

I think Corgan might have a slightly inflated sense of what his generation achieved, but then he is Billy Corgan. He went on to say that bands now “have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal. Not to be respected, not to be dangerous, you’re just the fresh stripper”.

He also insisted that modern rock music should not be described as “rock n roll”, which it generally isn’t, so that’s fine. Good old Billy.