Why Billy Corgan won’t talk about Trump or that ‘stupid’ Smash Mouth feud

The Smashing Pumpkins has a new album out, meaning another round of unfiltered interviews from its ever-outspoken frontman Billy Corgan.

In promoting “Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun,” released Friday, the polarizing rocker has threatened to call the FBI over leaked music, compared the Pumpkins to Nirvana and aired his dirty laundry with former bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, the band’s only original member to not partake in the current reunion.

Billy Corgan: I’ve learned my lesson. I don’t talk about politics at all anymore. There’s no way in this culture to have any kind of nuanced conversation in any way, shape or form. You have to either be for something or against something. You can’t say, “Well, I like this, I don’t like this and I definitely don’t like that.” It gets turned upside down and turned into a meme. I refuse to be anybody’s meme-bait. If they want to take pictures of me at Disneyland and make me a meme, that’s fine. But the rest of it, I’m no longer a willing participant in the culture war.

Talking to USA TODAY about the release, Corgan, 51, also shared his thoughts on the state of rock music, his Smash Mouth “beef” and why he refuses to discuss politics anymore.


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