Billy Corgan Defends Taylor Swift

Billy Corgan Defends Taylor Swift
Original Photo Credits: Corgan - Sven Mandel, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons | Swift - Ronald Woan from Redmond, WA, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Billy Corgan is plenty busy these days as both the frontman for alternative rock legends Smashing Pumpkins as well as the owner of the National Wrestling Alliance. A new reality show, “Billy Corgan: Adventures In Carnyland,” recently dropped on The CW and covers Corgan as he navigates both the rock and wrestling worlds while also planning his wedding. 

Recently, Corgan was interviewed by The Irish Times where he talked about his lengthy career as well as the Smashing Pumpkins’ as-yet-untitled LP that the singer said re-creates the spirit of the band in the early ’90s. “I tried to re-create, in myself, this inner psychology that made the original records,” Corgan said. “To see if that voice was still within me to write new material. Not to try to re-create the old material but to re-create the circumstances that created some of that material. And it took a while. It was a lot of experimentation. Somehow I turned a corner somewhere along the way. I’m very excited for people to hear this record. People who have heard it, they kind of have this almost jaw-dropping thing on their faces.”

Corgan also talked about his friendship with the late Sinéad O’Connor while defending pop star Taylor Swift for her choice to release a two-hour 31-track version of her latest record, “The Tortured Poets Department.” 

“Now that Sinéad’s gone, would it be a bad thing if somebody turned up tomorrow and said, ‘Hey, I just found this tape, and there’s enough for 20′ – or 30 or 50 – ‘Sinéad songs,’” Corgan said. “Would that be a bad thing? Taylor Swift is one of the most gifted pop artists of all time. How is it a bad thing that she’s releasing more music? I can’t follow that … You can go on Spotify and just skip it.”

“People complained about the length of my last album, ‘Atum.’ I thought, Well, just go make your own playlist. Just listen to the record one time – rag over the six or 10 songs you like and make your own record. Why is this such a strange concept?”

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