Retraction #1: Smashing the Pumpkins

So apparently, the open letter from Billy Corgan featured on The Stranger was a hoax. I spouted off quite a bit about Billy Corgan as a reaction to the letter, which I bought hook, line, and sinker.

So the question is: since I so readily believed that Billy Corgan would say those things, should I cut my losses and count myself amongst those who used to be a Smashing Pumpkins fan, or do I say “I was wrong,” eat crow, and resume my love for the band? It’s hard to say.

I think this little incident has revealed that I have been growing sick of Billy’s pretentious “I’m an artist” side. You play guitar, dude. Not quite rocket science or curing cancer.

Shame on The Stranger for publishing this schlock. It’s irresponsible to publish something like this, even as satire, without any indication that it’s fake. Some might argue that the best satire is that which we mistake for reality, and in that respect, this is brilliance. But I say no; this was poor taste, plain and simple.

Back on track here, there’s no questioning Billy Corgan and TSP’s contributions to rock. But there is plenty of question as to whether or not they are relevant anymore. So I take back what I say in reaction to his alleged words, but I’m treading cautiously into Zeitgeist.

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