Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Reacts To Accusations Of ‘Throwing Shade’ At D’arcy

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has appeared to respond to the media’s perception of an Instagram post he made about The Smashing Pumpkins’ bass player situation and fans’ reaction to it. When Corgan made a post a few days ago, many media outlets perceived that he was criticizing D’arcy Wretzky. Consequence of Sound’s headline was, “Amidst rumors of Smashing Pumpkins’ reunion, Billy Corgan throws shade at D’arcy Wretzky.” D’arcy told Blast Echo last month she was ‘disappointed’ to be informed that she wouldn’t be part of Smashing Pumpkins’ reunion.

Corgan has responded to media reports in a new Instagram post:

“So not that it matters (and it doesn’t, but me riffing on an idea is not easy evidence that a conceptual fissure does), but I’ve noticed an interesting trend these days where I will say something and the thing that is said becomes the foundational basis for some untruth. (I mean, I have a checkmark!) So, I mentioned here recently that I have 26 tracks in various stages of completion (I will go one further and say the number is closer to 45, actually).

From that number (the aforementioned 26) a monster ’tis spawned, and suddenly I am making things I never intimated. The good news is there is energy there in the lie, a curiousity, or even the gross set-up for hoped-for failure (and take that on the face of it, as much media apparatus exists to build, fete, or destroy). The not-so-good news is that you (and I will be personal in saying you) have to decide from what is said here with pace and revelation (I mean, that’s show biz, for we sit through a long movie to get us to a strong finish and if lucky, a sequel) and this kind of meta-echo that says, ‘no, the truth is what we wish/decide/deduce it to be’ (that just happens to be tied to clicks).

So the point of this jag? My clicks are pretty good, I think, and ultimately more fun. Last point: when I throw shade, you’ll know. Everything else is said in jest or with love.”

Corgan originally wrote a few days ago, “What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*.

Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist. Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn’t mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just ‘too much’) @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven’t seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain ‘flaxen Saxxon’ did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized.

Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor (tattoo courtesy of @sir.cophagus.”

So not that it matters (and it doesn't, but me riffing on an idea is not easy evidence that a conceptual fissure does), but I've noticed an interesting trend these days where I will say something and the thing that is said becomes the foundational basis for some untruth. (I mean, I have a checkmark!) So, I mentioned here recently that I have 26 tracks in various stages of completion (I will go one further and say the number is closer to 45, actually). From that number (the aforementioned 26) a monster 'tis spawned, and suddenly I am making things I never intimated. The good news is there is energy there in the lie, a curiousity, or even the gross set-up for hoped-for failure (and take that on the face of it, as much media apparatus exists to build, fete, or destroy). The not-so-good news is that you (and I will be personal in saying you) have to decide from what is said here with pace and revelation (I mean, that's show biz, for we sit through a long movie to get us to a strong finish and if lucky, a sequel) and this kind of meta-echo that says, 'no, the truth is what we wish/decide/deduce it to be' (that just happens to be tied to clicks). So the point of this jag? My clicks are pretty good, I think, and ultimately more fun. Last point: when I throw shade, you'll know. Everything else is said in jest or with love.

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  • Stone Gossardish

    He’s got to be careful here. Don’t drag the old Bitter Bore-Again out of the closet, Bill. We know you read some of these comments. It’s okay. Just keep to being the new Billy. It’s working better for us all. Go forward, mate.

  • DanSwon

    Corgan is such a prick. Seems like a total narcissist.

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  • Joe Costigan

    The phrase “throwing shade” is one of if not the most annoying thing to be created in the past year or two.

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