Published On March 16, 2012 | By Brett Buchanan | Featured, Smashing Pumpkins

Spinner has reported that Billy Corgan claimed he would “love” to be a judge on American Idol. Corgan also stated, “I don’t have a problem with ‘Idol’ or ‘X Factor,’ I have a problem with when those things are not given the proper contextual hue,” he said. “If there’s an ‘American Idol’ there should be a proper alternative counterbalance — if there was hair metal, there was grunge, know what I mean?”

As such, Corgan said he can respect shows like ‘American Idol’ for being transparent in their aim, unlike most modern rock music, which he refers to as Laptop Rock due to its ability to blend into the background while one works.

“Laptop Rock is not the adequate response for ‘American Idol’ — and everybody knows it.”

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  • Chazz

    Billy hehe… i mean sure he can be a judge on idol. Why not. But can he really give other people advice on singing? I love the pumpkins , the real smashing pumpkins but Billy’s voice never grabbed me like Cornell’s , Vedder’s or Layne’s did. Mediocre at best in my eyes. With that being said , he is a great musician/guitar player. Some of the pumpkins riffs are genius .

  • RödeOrm

    That actually makes sense.

  • DownUpSide

    “Laptop rock” is genius! So, so true (sadly enough)….

  • Patrick

    laptop rock is the first smart thing this guy has said in…how old is he?

  • Seth

    He’s absolutely right..!

  • fsh

    Funny thing is, I work with SP in the background all the time when I’m coding on my laptop.

  • droosed

    i wish he would just shut up

  • chicago_animal

    So he want to go on a show where other people write the songs for the