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Billy Corgan: ‘The Smashing Pumpkins shouldn’t be an arty band anymore’

Corgan tells NME: ‘Our next album will kick people out of the way’

Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan has revealed he has altered plans for the band’s next album ‘Day For Night’, following the success of the band’s recently-released current album ‘Monuments To An Elegy’.

In interviews previewing ‘Monuments To An Elegy’, Corgan had said ‘Day For Night’ would be an “artier” companion album, to be released by the summer of 2015. But Corgan has told NME he now intends ‘Day For Night’ to be a more rock-oriented album.

“Before ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ was released, the plan was to take ‘Day For Night’ in an experimental direction,” said Corgan. “I was thinking ‘I’ll make a pop record, then I’ll make a weird, arty record.’ But, seeing ‘Monuments…’ come out and going to back the ‘Day For Night’ demos, I feel that The Smashing Pumpkins shouldn’t be an arty band anymore.”

Corgan went on: “I think the 14-year-old me would say that ‘Monuments…’ is a little bit too comfortable. ‘Day For Night’ is going back to something that would appeal to my teenage self. ‘Monuments…’ is really cool and I love having re-embraced my pop leanings. But is that why I really started the band? Is it what drove me forward? Not at all. ‘Monuments…’ is me solving a problem of how to get The Smashing Pumpkins back into the mainstream. I had to solve that problem before I can solve problem two, which is where ‘Day For Night’ comes in. That’s why I’d thought ‘I’ll do the thing I should do, then I’ll do the thing I want to do.’ But now what I want to do is kick people out of the way.”

The band’s only UK concert to promote ‘Monuments To An Elegy’ so far was a low-key gig at London’s Koko on December 5, which featured Marilyn Manson guesting on ‘Ava Adore’ and Manson’s song ‘Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge’.

But Corgan revealed that The Smashing Pumpkins have so far turned down offers to play UK festivals next summer, because they’ve been “disappointing”. Corgan said: “If we get the slots we want, we’ll come. But we’ve seen who else is on the bill, and we’re expected to go on before a band who have had one quasi-hit that’s not even that popular. Sorry, but that didn’t work for me in 1992 and it doesn’t work for me now. The funny thing is, the more that ‘Monuments…’ is kicking in, the more phone calls we’re getting. We’re getting calls asking for us, because they ain’t selling tickets. But how is it that The Smashing Pumpkins still sell tickets, but you’re offering me this poor slot? It’s disappointing.”
Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan: 'I Had To Realise The Game Had Changed'
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