BILLY CORGAN SAYS FEW 90′S MUSICIANS HAD THE TALENT THAT HE & KURT COBAIN DID
Arachnea from the SmashingPumpkins.com message board transcribed Mojo magazine’s new interview with Billy Corgan. Here is an excerpt:
After Siamese Dream you decided to record Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and make it as a double album. How did the label react to that?
They were horror-stricken. They tried to talk me out of it and when they realised they couldn’t talk me out of it then they tried to say, “Let’s do what Guns N’ Roses did and release it as two separate records: Mellon Collie One, Mellon Collie Two.” I said absolutely not. In my mind double album meant The White Album. I felt there were only a few people in my generation who had that talent level that I did. Kurt Cobain could have made The White Album. To me he had that talent level. He didn’t do it but he could have done it, but we were getting lumped in with people that could never have written Tonight, Tonight or Disarm or even a Today, so I was like, “Fuck all this!” Mellon Collie…was our way of saying, “W are not like those other bands.”