Billy Corgan, the founder and perfectionista mastermind of The Smashing Pumpkins recently sat down with Charlie Rose, Gayle King, and Norah O’Donnell of CBS This Morning to talk about his life, his music, and all things Pumpkins.
The piece opens with a mini profile of Corgan’s renowned perfectionism and the implications this has had on fellow members of his passion project The Smashing Pumpkins, and I would have loved seeing a camera shot of Billy’s face as that tape played before him. Say what you will about Billy’s control issues, the man has a vision and he’s not letting anyone hold him back, and I will always appreciate this quality in any artist. This past June The Smashing Pumpkins released their latest album Oceania to critical acclaim, and the band has also re-released their entire album catalog which has been brilliantly remastered and includes some terrific bonus tracks. You can pick up your own copy of Oceania by visiting iTunes, and check out their amazing reissues by CLICKING HERE (and pull down their “Albums” tab for access to the entire list of reissues).
For all things Smashing Pumpkins be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and their home page at SmashingPumpkins.com. There will always be a warm and fuzzy VIP space in my heart reserved especially for Billy Corgan — “1979” from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness will forever remain one of the most meaningful songs of my entire life. That song was there right by my side in 1996 as I was experiencing some of the most profound and extraordinary changes in my life. Each and every time I listen to “1979” I am immersed in some of the most amazing memories I will ever know. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — music is by far the greatest of all the arts. I love you Billy. Always and forever.