Billy Corgan Says ’90s Alternative Era Is “Irrelevant to Combat the Pop Menace”

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins are widely considered to have been a seminal band in the '90s alternative scene, but frontman Billy Corgan believes that entire era of music is now "irrelevant."

"The mythology [of the '90's] right now is irrelevant to combat the pop menace in America right now," Corgan tells The Guardian.

As for what exactly he means by "pop menace," Corgan says he's "not naming names," but he does mention the popularity of EDM.

"EDM is kicking everybody’s f**king a**. Look at the numbers the DJs are making! They’re kicking rock bands’ a**," he says. "And we’re sitting here talking about an era from 20 years ago because it’s misty in people’s minds. Meanwhile there’s 60,000 people in a field watching a guy with lights behind him."

The Pumpkins just released their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, earlier this month. As Corgan sees it, the album isn't getting the reviews it deserves.

"I’m laughing because I thought for sure I would get really strong reviews for [Monuments to an Elegy], based on all the feedback I was getting," Corgans says. "But I’m getting the same reviews I got back in the day, these kind of middling, muddling reviews that just won’t f**king say: 'This is a f**king brilliant album from a brilliant artist.'"

"It’s not a three-star f**king record," he continues. "Nobody believes it’s a three-star record."

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