Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan spoke in a recent interview with ‘Q On CBC’ and talked about his generation and the legacy of Nirvana and Kurt Cobain.
In the conversation, Billy Corgan pointed out what an intelligent and talented person Kurt Cobain was and said that his generation’s biggest problem was walking into the internet world for the first time.
Afterward, Corgan stated the funny part of their generation is all the rumors and dramas are gone away and forgotten. Fortunately for everybody, their music remained in this world as their legacy, as for both Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.
Additionally, Billy mentioned that music was the first thing that people engaged with musicians like Kurt Cobain, Eddie Van Halen, and more, and their music is still listened to by millions of people today.
In this way, Billy wanted to show that the only legacy that the legendary late musicians left into this world as Kurt Cobain and Eddie Van Halen is the music itself, which also proves how great musicians they were.
Here’s what the interviewer said:
“I feel so sad when I look at musicians of your generation, when you first started out by being you, and say Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam or Kurt Cobain, I have a certain story about them.”
Here’s how Billy Corgan replied:
“OK, let’s take a quick jump in say Kurt and Eddie, both incredibly talented people and at a very young age. Probably before they knew who they really were, they’re assigned a certain role in the world.
They are smart people, they figure out the role they’re assigned, and they either fight it or they go along with it, but it’s not really in line with who they are as people 24 hours a day. It’s a lot of press narrative, or it’s pushed by a record company because it’s good for record sales, and that’s a world that’s crumbling, and it’s crumbling quite quickly.
That’s the shame of it, particularly for Generation X, particularly a generation that was the first generation to enter into the internet age, with AOL chat rooms in ’95 and stuff like that.”
“We didn’t know what we were walking into. We walked into the buzzsaws of expectation, you know, I used to call it the ‘unchecked ID.’
People’s inner thoughts run amok – when all you are was some kid in a basement with a dream and you just went, ‘Gee, I hope I can play Saturday Night Live one day,’ or something like that. It gets a lot more complicated, and what I’m trying to say in so many words is – it gets complicated for reasons that are beyond you.”
Billy Corgan added:
“If you really think about it, the things that beguiled Generation X, Kurt, Eddie, myself, Courtney, whoever from our generation, really didn’t have anything to do with us.
It was somebody else’s narrative, it was some other generation’s narrative of what success was or accomplishment was. And what’s funny – it’s all fallen away, and what is remaining? The music.
That’s the funny part; the same reason that people engage in the first place is the reason that people are still listening, it’s just the music.”
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