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John Mordecai
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 0Posted on Dec 10th | re: Classic iPods Are Selling For As Much As $900 (47 comments)

I still use my Classic, btw. The iPod Touch not only doesn’t have anywhere near enough storage for me, but I really like the click wheel. Tactile buttons never go out of style for me.

 +6Posted on Dec 10th | re: Classic iPods Are Selling For As Much As $900 (47 comments)

So upset about this and wish I bought a spare. Apple couldn’t get the parts anymore???? You’re APPLE. You can get whatever fuckin’ parts you want!

 +4Posted on Dec 10th | re: Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: "The Fanbase Is Gone" (37 comments)

But I think “instead of making another ‘Rhinoceros’ we got ’1979′” is part of the problem… I mean, maybe you don’t like that song, but it’s overall well-loved. Why make another Rhinoceros when you can make a 1979? I just don’t see why variety (in and of itself) is bad.
I mean, if that’s what you’re getting at.

 -3Posted on Dec 10th | re: Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: "The Fanbase Is Gone" (37 comments)

Not sure that’s what happens…

 0Posted on Dec 9th | re: Billy Corgan On The Smashing Pumpkins: "The Fanbase Is Gone" (37 comments)

Cue the “Billy Corgan is a douche” comments, but I think this is bullshit because he deserves a lot more credit than he’s gotten.

 +6Posted on Dec 9th | re: Billy Corgan Disses Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters On Howard Stern (55 comments)

I was blown away by the fact that he said during this interview that “1979″ was written in 20 minutes and recorded in one day, and that “my life may have been completely different if things didn’t go right on that one day.”
Kinda mind-blowing. And still such a great song.

Hey there ya go! No one else in the 90s would have written that song and made it sound like that!

 +1Posted on Dec 9th | re: Billy Corgan Disses Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters On Howard Stern (55 comments)

SP was wayyy better than all those other bands… I really like the fact that in the 90s sense, they really didn’t fit in, and they still don’t. The sort-of “rock outcasts,” in a way.

So I completely agree with him about the other bands, but let’s all be honest – he was being really fair. Honest opinions and he backed them up, so I can’t say it’s petty. I’d probably have said the same things about them, and I’m no rock star.
I still give Billy credit for sticking to his guns and not playing the 90s card, ya know?

I happen to think he’s right, but yeah that’s an absurdly arrogant quote.
I’d also say that if you’re talking about who the main “scribes” were, it’d really be Cobain, Corgan, Reznor. Soundgarden and Pearl Jam were big, yeah, but Nirvana/SP/NIN were without a doubt the ones who struck a blow for creative power (while also achieving commercial power).

I also think Corgan was a far more creative songwriter than most of his “alt-rock” or 90s rock contemporaries, given the breadth and variety of the Pumpkins’ catalog. I don’t know how many other bands back then would have had a song like “1979″ immediately followed by something like “Tales From A Scorched Earth” on any of their albums…

Uhhh, hello. The Lips put out Embryonic just 5 years ago and it’s probably my favorite record of theirs, certainly one of my faves of the last 5 years. The Terror was pretty good, too. So, it’s not like the Lips have been putting out shit lately.

As for Miley, it’s interesting, the collaborations. Putting aside my unashamed crush on the girl, I do love it when a pop star “turns” and starts doing something off the wall. It doesn’t really happen much anymore, but that’s what made the Beatles or Scott Walker’s careers so interesting. I’m not saying it’s gonna happen with Miley, but it could, and that would be awesome.
Nothing better than having a rabid fan base, and then alienating all of ‘em with an artistic blow. Every now and again, I still pin those hopes on a promising pop star. But it is a new age… who knows what the result will be.

I’m curious about that too. He never seemed so stressed on nailing what will be played on the radio, but rather just did his own thing. I know times is different though, so who knows.

I agree with the synths too… I think that’s where having someone like Flood produce his albums really came in handy. That dude knows how to process electronics… everything Corgan’s done since always seems to put the keyboards as-is right on top; a lot less subtlety or ambience. Tons of synths on Mellon Collie and Adore, but they all seemed to be handled with a lot more grace and nuance.