Billy Corgan Makes Bold Kurt Cobain & Bono Claim


Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was interviewed on the Spotify for Artists new music-centric interview podcast, Best Advice. He discussed his ego as a frontman.

“Well, that’s a tough one honestly. I don’t think I could have done what I did without faith in myself. People along the way kept telling me I wasn’t special and, I’m only talking about music and I’m trying to be funny here, so nobody get offended, when it comes to music, I am special. I’ve proven it, right. But people are and you laugh but people are uncomfortable with that idea. I have no discomfort if I met somebody who was the greatest pianist in the world. Like why shouldn’t we celebrate specialty in a field? People who achieve — Let’s talk about the music business — People achieve at the highest level they’re kind of phenoms you know. Bono’s a phenom.

If he was a pitcher, he’d be the number one pitcher on a Major League Baseball team. Why do people get uncomfortable about phenoms in the music business? Maybe it’s the egalitarian part of music like we all can be musicians. The fact of the matter is these people are savants. If you don’t want to think I’m a savant then I’m cool with that but I’m saying is, don’t tell me that Jimi Hendrix or Bono or Kurt Cobain are not savants. They’re savants.

So, if you feel you’re a savant, and you prove you’re a savant, well at some point when does somebody give you the savant stamp? There’s something that goes on, there’s something that goes out in music that’s like “well prove it to me and prove it to me again and prove it to me one more time”. Would anybody here argue that Prince wasn’t a savant?”

  • When_The_Levee_Breaks

    If you really listen to (and read) the lyrics on the majority of songs from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, you will start to realize very quickly the size of this man’s ego. Back in 1995, my stoner buddy and I agreed this man envisions himself as a Messiah-like rock star figure to be worshipped and adored… same could be said about Ian Brown of Stone Roses (which I’ll even admit IMO that guy too is truly a savant!!).

    Regardless, rock stars should never take themselves too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Gish and Siamese Dream. But the fact that he’s still talking like this sounds more like he’s trying to reassure himself that he’s worthy. Like, did you not sell enough albums and earn enough Grammys and royalties yet that prove your own self worth to yourself? If this is what a midlife self-check looks like for a world famous musician, he’s obviously not satisfied and it goes to show fame and fortune won’t bring it either. We get that you’re good, now shut up and put out something that’s worthy. It’s been years.

    • Stone Gossardish

      Ole Bitter gonna bitter. It’s just what he does. All too often, he’s a bore, again.

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