The Soundgarden/Billy Corgan beef has been going on for decades now. Just when you think you can forget about it, one side throws some shade in the media and brings it all back up again. Most recently, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil alluded to Corgan’s recent projects in an interview with The Dallas Observer. “We feel confident that if the four of us all like an album, it’s going to do well. We don’t have one member who is deciding the composition of an album. You should know who I am talking about, but I am not going to name names.” Here’s what else he had to say:
We have four guys who write songs here. We have four guys contributing material without someone calling bullshit on it. You follow me? There are many bands out there that are led by one guy who does all the writing? He might have some religious epiphany or some psychedelic experience and he will write all this material that can very easily suck. And the rest of his band feels like they have to play it. That is not Soundgarden. Consequently, we have never made a record that sucked.
He’s blatantly referring to Corgan, whose flights of fancy have been well-documented and mocked over the past few years.
The whole feud has roots in the ’90s alt-rock music scene, but this decade has seen its fair share of new beef. It was reignited after Soundgarden first announced their reunion. Corgan accused the band of getting back together “only to make money.” In an interview, he said, “When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great. I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other bands.”
Soundgarden addressed the cash grab accusations soon after. “How is it a cash grab? Since when is there money in making records anymore [laughs]? I mean, playing Lollapalooza was a one-day payday, but … and by the way, since when do we need money? We’re not like the Afghan Whigs or Pavement. We had a fairly successful career.” In a different interview, they took some more digs at Corgan that echo Thayil’s recent comments:
Kim Thayil: Now you can make a bad record because your stupid ideas aren’t being bounced around, going to the fucking ether.
Ben Shepherd: Some are like a yes men thing, we’re like a no men thing.
Kim Thayil: If you’ve got a band where one guy calls the shots, that’s a band that’s going to suck. Because the guy might have bad thoughts in his head.
Thayil’s latest comments are just a long line of words exchanged between two bands who just can’t seem to get along.