Kurt Cobain’s widow Courtney Love shared photos on Valentine’s Day where she referenced a mid-90’s performance of “Violet” where she appeared to claim she ‘hexed’ Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, and that he was ‘losing his hair.’ Billy Corgan recently broke his silence on Red Hot Chili Peppers firing Josh Klinghoffer.
Love wrote, “Happy Valentine’s Day to you. I hope you get a lot of mojo from your broken and unbroken hearts.”
A Smashing Pumpkins fan recently defended Monuments to an Elegy on Reddit, the last Smashing Pumpkins album released before Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha returned to the band.
JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShab posted, “I was wrong – Monuments To An Elegy is a great album. I was recently shamed and humbled about my dislike on this record. I just went back and listened to it on repeat 4 times in a row. I’m won over.”
Cajun-joe said, “I just don’t think it’s that bad, its not their best, but it’s no worse than generic pumpkins… its obvious Billy was trying to tap the youthful radio market so the songs are a little more straight forward but it’s not bad compared to a lot of today’s shit… to those that hate it, do you believe if Jimmy drummed on it would it be passable? (Serious question).”
He added, “Should add too, you should never be shamed into anything… just because I don’t get the hate for this album doesn’t mean its not justified… I admittedly don’t really like many post 2010 bands, so maybe for me I’m sympathetic and forgiving to familiar bands and sounds?
I’m in no way a pumpkin flag waver, I just never stopped listening to them and at a certain point, although my fandom will be lifelong, I reached a point where I just take their output for what it is… it’s a pumpkins album, I doubt I’ll ever excitedly tell people “you have to hear this!” but more so just enjoy it on my own or throw it on in the background… maybe the one thing that is the equalizer for me is that they always bring it live… if I’ve had any problems with the pumpkins/billy it is the attitude outside of the music…” Howard Stern recently unloaded on a horrible Smashing Pumpkins loss.