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Billy Corgan Infinitely Sad About Pavement Drama

04:01 PM Tuesday 11/16/10 |   |

Billy Corgan sure knows how to hold a grudge. Based on a series of tweets the Smashing Pumpkins frontman posted over the weekend it appears that he’s still fuming over a 16-year-old feud with Pavement.

Smashing Pumpkins and Pavement are scheduled to perform at “Planeta Terra Festival” at the Playcenter in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this Saturday. Corgan is not pleased about the lineup, which also features Of Montreal, Mika, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Phoenix, Passion Pit, Girl Talk and Empire Of The Sun.

“Just found out SP is playing with Pavement in Brazil. It’s gonna be 1 of those New Orleans type funerals,” Corgan tweeted Friday. “I say that because they represent the death of the alternative dream, and we follow with the affirmation of life part.

“Funny how those who pointed the big finger of ‘sell out’ are the biggest offenders now … Yawn. They have no love. By the way, we’ll be the band up there playing NEW songs because we have the love xx”

Pavement broke up in 1999 then reunited earlier this year for a world tour that kicked off in March in New Zealand.

Corgan’s issue with the band dates back to the release of Pavement’s 1994 album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. The album’s third single, “Range Life,” name-drops the Pumpkins with the following lyrics:

“Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins/Nature kids, They don’t have no function/I don’t understand what they mean/And I could really give a f**k”

Corgan was reportedly so upset about the tune that he convinced Lollapalooza festival organizers to kick Pavement off the 1994 lineup.

“We were up for Lollapalooza in ‘94 and Smashing Pumpkins said, ‘No, if Pavement does it, we’re not doing it.’” Pavement guitarist Scott “Spiral Stairs” Kannberg told WildWeb.com in 1999 (via Spin.com).

In another 1999 interview Pavement singer Stephen Malkmus told NY Rock magazine that the band wasn’t trying to diss the Pumpkins.

“I only laughed about the band name, because it does sound kinda silly ... And well, their status, that they were the indie darlings, the heroes of the indie scene. I never really dissed their music. I like their songs – well, most of their songs anyway. Especially ‘1979,’ that's a cool song. As I said, I never dissed their music. I just dissed their status. I never really cared for the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle or being ‘indie.’”

Pollstar readers – what are you thoughts on the feud?

Personally I’m all for holding a grudge when warranted but Corgan needs to get over it. Besides, “Range Life” is such a great song. Maybe Corgan is just upset that he no longer has the power to kick Pavement off of a festival lineup. And should Corgan really be complaining about another band’s reunion tour when he’s the only original member of the Pumpkins left in the group?

Click here for Billy Corgan’s Twitter page.

Click here for the Spin.com story.


Comments

  1. tjc360 wrote:

    07:16 PM, Nov 17, 2010

    Wuss, get over yourself.

  2. vernieb wrote:

    04:40 AM, Nov 17, 2010

    Pavement , quite simply, is one of the most overrated bands that never made it.

  3. demonopie wrote:

    11:37 PM, Nov 16, 2010

    Love them both, anything else is extraneous.

  4. Southern Boy wrote:

    08:28 PM, Nov 16, 2010

    I agree with Overfloating.  With all the talk Corgan has said that HE was the creative spark behind the Pumpkins, what he has produced since the first break up proves that James, Jimmy, and Darcy had a lot more to do with those records then what was to be believed.  

  5. Overfloating wrote:

    06:26 PM, Nov 16, 2010

    Corgan, you are simply no longer relevant. You realized that you could no longer fill stadiums without the pumpkins name so you reunited a band that was completely dissolved. Everyone left you because of your ego. And your ego has let you down because you haven't wrote a decent song in over 10 years which truly exposes your lack of song writing ability when you don't have other talented people around you.

    Get back to your roots or just disappear.

  6. El Perro wrote:

    05:09 PM, Nov 16, 2010

    Hi, My name is Billy WhoreAgain.  I'm feeling itchy and yeasty. Would someone please rub some Monostat-7 on me?