Billy Corgan discusses the sense of connection and ideals heavy metal represents
Heavy metal has always been a genre of music with a very tight feeling of brotherhood/sisterhood within its fan base. It talks about topics that no one else does and to this day still gets panned by the public. Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan shares this view and then some.
Corgan recently got together with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich for Ulrich’s Apple Music Beats 1 show It’s Electric! where he talked about being a metalhead when he was a kid, what the experience was like, and how the genre for whatever reason still does not get the credit it deserves. He says:
“For years, I would take shit about being a fan of metal – it should be beneath you. It gets into weird class politics. Most of the people who criticise people like us for being who we are, what we are, or what we represent, had better backgrounds than we had.
We didn’t necessarily go to the nice school, we didn’t get to read the cool newspaper. For me, bands like Metallica told me that there is this other world that is more closely aligned with the experience you’re having than the one you’re being told about.
So when I heard Mercyful Fate, Metallica or Ted Nugent, that told me, ‘Wait, there’s this other world than the world you’re telling me that I’m supposed to believe in.’
Even to this day, for all the money that metal moves, it’s amazing how disrespected it is.
You can’t get that through to a hipster’s brain. If you sat around and drew up who you wanted to be on paper, you wouldn’t be in Metallica or The Smashing Pumpkins. Those type of bands grow out of almost like a personality conflict.”
The Smashing Pumpkins recently announced eight of the names of the new tracks from the upcoming reunion album they have been working on.
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