Billy Corgan Says Rock Music Needs to “Be More Aggressive in Taking on Pop Music”

Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicBilly Corgan has never kept his feelings about pop music hidden. In an interview with Australia's The Morning Show, The Smashing Pumpkins frontman elaborated on his opinion of the "scourge" that is pop music, saying that rock musicians need to "be more aggressive in taking on pop music."

"Particularly in America there's a very cozy relationship between rock stars and pop stars, and I don't think that's a good relationship," Corgan says. "I think everybody sort of belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason. By definition a rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end -- an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a pop star is basically supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting."

Corgan believes that the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain would've been able to help break up that "cozy relationship."

"I think Kurt had an incredible level of integrity and I often have said that he would know what to do with the pop miasma we're dealing with right now," he says. "Rock needs to be free and independent, it doesn't need to imitate pop to survive."

Corgan has previously said that he and Cobain were "the top two scribes" of the '90's alternative scene.

The Smashing Pumpkins released their latest album, Monuments to an Elegy, late last year.

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