Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan: ‘If I don’t challenge myself, I get bored’

Frontman admits that however big the challenge 'if I shoot my mouth off, then I'll do it'

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan has revealed that if he doesn’t challenge himself he gets bored.

The frontman was in particular talking about the ongoing release of the group’s free 44-song album, ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope’, which they are releasing one song at a time.

“If I don’t take off a big enough piece to chew on, I’ll get bored,” Corgan told Spinner Music. “I thought, ‘If I really shoot my mouth off here, then I’ll do it.'”

“The last time I really did that was with the ‘Mellon Collie [And The Infinite Sadness]’ album in the 90s,” he continued. “After we had this wave of success with our second album I came out and said, ‘OK, we’re going to do a double CD’ and everyone was like, ‘Are you insane?’, but it really made me commit on a deeper level to my writing, to the project. I looked at this similarly.”

As previously reported, the band will release a new EP called ‘Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II – The Solstice Bare’ on November 23, with Corgan quick to reassure fans that he has written enough songs to complete the 44-track studio effort.

“I have more than enough songs,” he explained. “I’ll probably write a lot more. It’s such a different project than preparing for a normal album. It’s interesting to write a song and come back to it a year later and have a completely new perspective from whatever you learned in that last year. I’m really enjoying that process.”