IGGY POP TRASHES SMASHING PUMPKINS: ‘THEY’VE GOT THE BALD GUY AND WHOEVER’

Published On February 26, 2013 | By Brett Buchanan | Featured, Smashing Pumpkins

Iggy Pop took a shot at Billy Corgan/The Smashing Pumpkins in a new video where he discusses the Stooges’ new album, “This is not the fucking Smashing Pumpkins, ‘we’ve got the bald guy and whoever…’ No. The Stooges are a real group.” BillCo has taken shots at several musicians in the press, but I don’t recall him ever going after Iggy Pop.

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62 Responses to IGGY POP TRASHES SMASHING PUMPKINS: ‘THEY’VE GOT THE BALD GUY AND WHOEVER’

  1. Hailey says:

    HAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

  2. Brett Buchanan says:

    By the way, for the people who say I use ‘trashes’ too much in headlines, I thought about ‘rips’ and some other words and they didn’t have the same ring to it.

  3. Shadows Collide with People says:

    Man oh man Iggy Pop is one bad ass mother fucker! How can you not love this man? I mean some of what he said is not true. Since the Smashing Pumpkins have reunited they have released two albums but it is still very good to here Iggy speak his mind in authentic Iggy fashion! I will always heart The Stooges.

  4. Tyson Hartzburg says:

    As much, as I love the “original” Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan deserves this… trashing other 90′s bands for being “nostalgia acts”… at least they htave at least most of their original lineup… If Smashing Pumpkins weren’t a nostalgic act, he would’ve changed the name, when the line-up changed… He uses the Smashing Pumpkins name, to make money… Him and Axl Rose are on the same sell-out level.

  5. michael says:

    Iggy fuckin sucks, and has always sucked you old wannabee. The Stooges are a bunch of cum swallowing burned out 3 chord playing fags

  6. BJay says:

    If The Ig disses u, then u’re hopeless…

  7. strangespotinthesky says:

    the Ig man speak-eth truth-eth. the Ig man rule-eth.

  8. workman says:

    Looks like you’re dead wrong ‘michael’. You may not like The Stooges, they may not even be everyone’s ‘thing’, but all the bands discussed here give mad props to Iggy and The Stooges. Those guys are OG, have seen and done it all, and regardless how ‘old’ he is, Iggy would wipe that smirk off your face michael and ram it all the way up your ass while you screamed ‘Mercy’… So think twice if you treasure your puckerhole.

  9. Tyson Hartzburg says:

    “michael’s” a douche if hes on Grungereport and cant respect the Stooges…

  10. Christine says:

    Iggy is the best.

    If you haven’t seen him live, and if you have the chance, do so.

    You won’t be sorry.

    :D This is so funny.

  11. Suz says:

    wise words

  12. Christine says:

    PS:

    http : // fatpossum . com / products / ready-to-die

    to pre-order

  13. Christine says:

    More on Iggy – Tour Dates according to Fat Possum Record’s site are:

    March 23, 2013 Blues’n'Roots Festival West Coast, Australia
    March 25, 2013 Thebarton Theatre Adelaide, Australia
    March 27, 2013 Festival Hall Melbourne, Australia
    March 30, 2013 Byron Bay Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia
    April 2, 2013 Hordern Pavillion Sydney, Australia
    June 8, 2013 Ink-N-Iron Festival Long Beach, CA
    June 24, 2013 INmusic Festival Zagreb, Croatia
    June 26, 2013 Stora Scenen pa Liseberg Goteborg, Sweden
    June 28, 2013 Peace And Love Festival Borlange, Sweden
    June 30, 2013 Garorock Festival Marmande, France
    July 4, 2013 Rock In Roma Rome, Italy
    July 9, 2013 Parc de Valmy Argeles-Sur-Mer, France
    July 11, 2013 City Sound Milan, Italy

  14. Frank Zappa says:

    Not gonna lie, I cracked up!

  15. jesus says:

    i thought iggy poop died like 40 years ago

  16. Scott McLean says:

    I need to remain objective and all, but these guys are both great at creating and adding to rock music, and I’d do a song with either one of them, in the future if that were a possibility, but not against anyone, just in a professional way and pro not con, and positive and stuff.

    However, I do think I understand why Iggy did this and it’s because Billy was criticizing lots of musicians and bands, and that invites criticism toward him and his band. All around a bad thing for bands and their fans.

  17. Ron says:

    Anyone who rips Billy for not having the original band really doesn’t know what they are talking about. This lineup is so much better than the original lineup would be RIGHT NOW. Darcy is a drug addict who probably hasn’t picked up a bass in 10 years. James had no desire to come back to the band. Jimmy decided to quit in 2009. The current lineup has been together for 3 years now. People need to get over it and realize that these guys are great musicians.

  18. Is he one? says:

    Well I, for one, think Iggy is an ass. It’s not the first time he trashes SP anyway. Sad because Billy always said he respected him.

    Anyway he may say what he wants, Billy and SP=Still the best, and ten times better than the boring Stooges. If it makes him happy he can call his a “real” band. But a real boring band IMO.

    End of story.

  19. Electric Fun says:

    finally…

  20. shoegazer says:

    Oh, the irony. The Stooges have had 4 different guitarists & 4 different bass players (in addition to several other former members). But don’t worry, folks. This version is a “real group.”

  21. mandingo says:

    Even though im not a massive pumpkins fan , Im sure Billco could give less of a shit about some car insurance salesman dissing him on tv !!!!!!!!!!! Sorry Iggy but you are the true definition of a SELL OUT !!!!

  22. Hmm says:

    Isn’t Iggy the one who reformed his band without all the original members & toured extensively for about 5 years before putting out any new material? I love the old Stooges, but Iggy’s been a sellout for a while now (not to mention a hypocrite). The Stooges have had 4 guys die, so they’re essentially just using the name. I have zero problem with doing this, but don’t diss someone else for using a band name without original members.

  23. Is he one? says:

    Why don’t people also state that the music from the Stooges is freaking boring? ESPECIALLY compared to the music of the bands covered here. And even compared to many many of the Stooges contemporaries.

    Just retire Iggy, please.

  24. shoegazer says:

    The Stooges have a significant place in music history, and they influenced a lot of great artists from my generation. The energy in their early live shows is nothing short of legendary. I imagine the point of dissing Billy was to get headlines by being a bit controversial (a page straight out of BC’s book), but Iggy just doesn’t have the credibility any more.

  25. kingchaz says:

    Not bad coming from a man who bled from the chest on stage and played a Vorta on Star Trek… Bad-ass.

  26. Sonic_Junkie says:

    In case nobody noticed, Trent Reznor just announced he’s reuniting NIN with an entirely new group of musicians. Nobody seems to have a problem with that. Would somebody care to explain why it’s an issue with Smashing Pumpkins but not NIN? Because, I’d love to hear it.

  27. Megamania says:

    @Sonic yeah, it’s an extreme double standard. No one cares who’s in the Cure as long as Robert Smith is there. Same with Reznor & NIN, and it *should* be the same with Billy & SP. I’d much rather have younger, more talented musicians surrounding BC than an old, uninspired D’Arcy or an average, unhappy guitarist in James. There was too much drama within the band when they were around, and it’s nice having them gone. Yeah, Byrne isn’t quite at the level of Jimmy, but nobody is. I absolutely love the energy Mike brings to the band, and the band sounds better than ever live, no question.

  28. Sonic_Junkie says:

    @Megamania

    Agreed… Jeff and Nicole are upgrades over James and D’Arcy. And yeah I wish Jimmy could have remained in the band because he’s one the best rock drummers ever but he and Billy weren’t on the same page about the future of the band.

    But yeah, it should be the same standard with SP as it is for NIN but isn’t because of the hatred some people have for Billy. At the end of the day, Billy is SP and Trent is NIN, plain and simple.

  29. Colm says:

    @Sonic_Junkie I’d imagine that’s because NIN is Trent Reznor. It’s had a revolving line up of live musicians it’s whole life, but in the studio it’s all Trent, minus a few guest parts.

  30. scott says:

    “…Trent Reznor just announced he’s reuniting NIN with an entirely new group of musicians. Nobody seems to have a problem with that. Would somebody care to explain why it’s an issue with Smashing Pumpkins but not NIN? Because, I’d love to hear it.”

    -I’ll explain it to you Sonic_Junkie: Billy goes out of his way to be a dick, Trent does not. Billy’s total output is spottier, Trent’s is not. Trent possesses a strength of quiet humility, the other- no. Therefore one of them invites a backlash, the other one doesn’t.

  31. Is he one? says:

    It’s like Billy is paying because he endured James and d’Arcy (And even Jimmy) for more than a decade and decided to split up because of James at the time. It is indeed very frustrating.

    @Scott I don’t believe this is a right explanation. Billy’s been trashed since the reformation in 2007 for his use of the SP name.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Iggy pop is just another douche from the hair metal era. He or she??? cant except the fact that their crappy era of music is gone and is so desperate for attention that he or she must rip on someone else. You’re 47 years old grow a pair, grow the fuck up and deal with it! Pumpkins are better than you ever were and will be, mainstream has nothing to do with it.

  33. johnny208 says:

    Shit! I can’t take anyone’s side here.I love them both. All I can say is this: 2007 Zeitgeist good The weirdness bad.

  34. me says:

    iggy pop sucks. the stooges suck. the 15 versions of that one very annoying album (you know the one) sucks and he is a crappy writer. don’t give me iggy/stooges i’ll cut to the chase and crank the ramones. he has always acted like an ass. i’m no a sp fan but i am a fan of billy’s music philosophies and that he actually adds something of value to music. i’m surprised pop isn’t doing a duet with lady caca. that’s about where you belong iggy ya jack ass. nobody even cares about your stinking new album.

  35. Sonic_Junkie says:

    @Colm

    SP is almost exactly the same as NIN in the studio. It’s been well documented that outside of Oceania and Jimmy’s drum on prior albums Corgan plays almost all of the instruments in the studio.

  36. grasputinj says:

    FUCK YOU IGGY!

  37. Is he one? says:

    I’m happy to see the tendacy in the comments in the second half. Iggy vs. Billy? Oh please give me a break. To all who say someone who visits this site should necessarily appreciate the Stooges I say: Screw you. Shouldn’t they appreciate SP more? Yes, they should.

  38. versus says:

    SP has almost exclusively been BC & a drummer in the studio, with the exception of this current lineup. The current lineup, who ALL contribute in the studio, is the closest thing SP has been to a “real group,” yet he gets trashed now? It would have been more justified to trash the band 20 years ago.

  39. Tastes Grungey says:

    Scott – “Billy goes out of his way to be a dick, Trent does not”

    Trent has gone out of his way to publicly trash his fair share of musicians, as well:

    “You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus”

    “[Marilyn Manson] is a malicious guy and will step on anybody’s face to succeed and cross any line of decency. Seeing him now, drugs and alcohol now rule his life and he’s become a dopey clown.”

    “I’m not Prince or Rivers Cuomo, who brags about having hundreds of great songs. And to that I would say, ‘Prince, if you have a hundred great songs or a thousand, how about picking a few and putting them on your record that you’ve put out, because your last several have sucked.’ Same for you, Rivers. I say that constructively, you know.”

    “I may be happy and engaged but I can still be a prick.”

  40. Tastes Grungey says:

    Iggy’s comments are the definition of hypocritical. If he’s trashing SP for the revolving band members, just look at the Stooges lineup over the years: 4 different guitarists, 4 different bassists, 2 different drummers, 2 different keyboardists.

    As far as calling The Stooges a “real group” and implying that SP aren’t, I recall a very real album called Zeitgeist that was released the same year as The Stooges’ The Weirdness. Both comeback albums, except one was certified Gold with two charting singles, while the other was a pathetic caricature of the band’s original work.

  41. Stosh says:

    Iggys a nobody/washed up loser. The picture says it all…

  42. DrFUCO says:

    Iggy needs to shut up & stop selling his songs to douche commercials (& yes every commercial is a douche commercial, because only douches by products because of a commercial) & Billy; that tall less doughy Uncle Fester, needs to permanently lose his voice… He has nothing to say worth hearing, like a submoronic troglodytic bile spewing WWE heal & his new music is about as good as the Monkeees. You jumped the shark in 2000.

  43. Jorge Delou says:

    Suck this one Billy!!

  44. enough says:

    another fued to be promoted by the little boys who run this site who are qualified stalkers of billy corgan. their bias over all things corgan is sickening and they do it to get a rise out of people, not report news. this is also just another attempt to get people to chime in, they are immature kids who repost other peoples news because they arent legit media. I still live at home MikeMazz will chime in and say” all the billy corgan news gets the most posts, its baffling to us”wwhen they started this stupid shit. Why dont we all do ourselves a favor and stop bitching at each other and find a better site to get our grunge news from because this one is pathetic and run by children…

  45. Is he one? says:

    I sincerely hope you guys from GR will keep on ignoring comments like the last one ^

    You’re doing a fine job. I’ve got nothing bad to say, especially since Mike has tuned down the disgusting inappropriate Momsen rants.

  46. Justin says:

    this guys just some old loser. probably gonna OD and die soon

  47. Mia says:

    Iggy Pop referring to Billy Corgan as “the bald guy” is hilarious.

  48. Sonic_Junkie says:

    @versus

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Iggy needs to do a little better research on the history of SP.

  49. Sonic_Junkie says:

    @Tastes Grungey

    Couldn’t agree more. Iggy was way out of line to make those comments. And Trent Reznor is not exactly Mr. Nice Guy.

  50. mandingo says:

    What is the guy from the swift cover ads doing talking about music ?

  51. enough says:

    @is he one

    ” I’ve got nothing bad to say, especially since Mike has tuned down the disgusting inappropriate Momsen rants.”

    Your point is moot since you contradicted yourself….you should work for this site.

  52. Butthead says:

    For a site called GrungeReport.net, their sure are a lot idiots on here who know absolute shit about The Smashing Pumpkins. You guys need to get your facts straight before you idiots start talking shit. D’arcy Wretzky, as hot she is, never did a single thing in creating Pumpkins music, and neither did Iha.

  53. Big M says:

    I’m no Billy lover but Iggy needs to get his facts straight and get off his high horse. Billy always pretty much was the Pumpkins so I don’t see what the problem with his using the name. And trust me I liked the original line up much better and I think pretty much anything BillCo has done since 1996 has been crap-ola.i I also think BillCo needs to shut up when it comes to other reunions like Soundgarden’s.But Iggy Pop gets his ass kissed by every alt/indie and punk rocker as well as the media and it’s certainly gone to his head. I lost a lot of respect for him when he made that comment.

  54. WhoFarted says:

    Once again Billy get’s more attention which is what he wants. Keep feeding the machine.

  55. Lynn says:

    Am I the only one who didn’t see this as “trashing” SP? I thought was he was saying by “this isn’t The Smashing Pumpkins with the bald guy and whoever”- he meant that Billy is the only person people know or need in the group. That the band would be SP even if everyone left but Billy because it’s “all about Billy”. Where as he says “The Stooges are a real group” implying they’re a group and everyone is needed, not just 1 person.

  56. scott says:

    And yet, Tastes Grungey, Billy still is the bigger dick. Huh… go figure that.

  57. Cobainsweater says:

    Would love to see Iggy kick the shit out of Bald Bill someday.

  58. Is he one? says:

    @Lynn
    That’s some way to see it but I doubt Iggy is intelligent enough to have thought this through. It’s not the first time he trashes SP anyway, I wish I could find the link to the previous time he did. I will try! :)

  59. Keith says:

    Iggy should STFU…how may hit songs has he written? Nuff said. BC is a crybaby, but still….Iggy Pop?

  60. matt says:

    Corgans a washed up furniture salesman touring around with a lousy 19 year old drummer with a couple other hired hands trying to pass it off as the Smashing Pumpkins.

    Guy should stick to his wrestling league.

  61. alice says:

    Iggy pop is a washed up old junkie. He appears to be around 150 years old, and has no right to be dissing anybody. Give it a rest Iggy, you’re older than butt, time to retire.

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