Billy Corgan is an asshole. Billy Corgan is the singer, guitarist, and sole member left in the 90′s alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins – a band who at their peak were so good that their first four albums were heralded as classics.
However, Billy Corgan is an asshole. And assholeness begets asshole behavior: practically every member of the band quit over the years due to his insistence to take the gnarly awesomeness of their early to mid period work to this horrible, shitty, awful nu-metal of their last two albums. Once everyone left the band Billy decided to take the time to start another band – Zwan – but they sucked and nobody listened to Zwan. Their cover of Iron Maiden‘s ‘Number Of The Beast’ is one of the best covers of the last twenty years – and shockingly – Billy Corgan does not feature on the track.
Yes, that’s right. I’m sure a few of you are still fans of Billy. After all, dude wrote (and to his chagrin, still probably can write) amazing songs. But what if I told you that for a mere $40 every 3 months, you could see 25 MINUTES A WEEK of BILLY DOING THINGS. That’s right. Basically charging his fans for being fans – as opposed to keeping a fucking Twitter – Billy is charging his fans to essentially view his blog.
“I am excited to make this offer to anyone who might be interested in what goes on behind the wizard’s curtain. It is my goal to far exceed the normal documentary process and use the moment to create something that invokes synchronicity, electricity and faith into a moment that is ever unfolding.”, quoth the Corgan.
Billy, you are not a wizard. You are a tall bald dude with a guitar. You used to be pretty awesome, but your last studio album was the biggest pile of turd the world has ever seen. That’s right, the one you sold limited editions of exclusively at Target and Best Buy. If you didn’t already feel that Billy was trying to bend you over the hood of his metaphorical Camero and were still – shockingly – a current day Smashing Pumpkins fan and you wanted to hear all the “bonus tracks”, you’d have to have bought 4 separate copies of the album. One at Target, one at Best Buy, one on iTunes, and one somewhere else.
I’m sorry. I used to be the biggest Smashing Pumpkins fan ever and I can’t believe he’s doing this to his fans. What the hell are you trying to do, Billy?