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In a recent interview with NME, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS founder Billy Corgan has criticised RADIOHEAD by saying that they are part of a current cultural view of rock music that he can’t stand.


He states:

I can’t think of any people outside of Weird Al Yankovic who have both embraced and pissed on rock more than I have . . . there’s a level of reverence, but there’s also a level of intelligence to even know what to piss on. Because I’m not pissing on Rainbow. I’m not pissing on Deep Purple. But I’ll piss on fucking Radiohead, because of all this pomposity. This value system that says Jonny Greenwood is more valuable than Ritchie Blackmore. Not in the world I grew up in.

Is Ritchie Blackmore a better guitar player than me and Jonny Greenwood? Yes. Have we all made contributions? Yes. I’m not attacking that. I’m attacking the pomposity that says this is more valuable than that. I’m sick of that. I’m so fucking sick of it, and nobody seems to tire of it.

BILLY CORGAN – “Walking Shade” video:

RADIOHEAD – “Lotus Flower” video:

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