9. Billy Corgan Vs. Soundgarden, Pavement
Billy Corgan and a band he has chosen to call "the Smashing Pumpkins" released a (very good) new album this year, leading media outlets large and small to give him a forum in which to air his grievances. In June, he told Antiquiet he would "piss on Radiohead." In September, he told us that the alternative community was "self-reverential" and "narcissistic" (it's a terrific interview, BTW, and you really should read it if you haven't already). And in August, he talked smack to a publication in the Philippines, reigniting beefs that are nearly two decades old, accusing recently reunited '90s icons Pavement and Soundgarden of making cynical cash-grabs. As I wrote when it went down:
The Billy Corgan/Soundgarden beef has been going on at least since that falling out at Lolla '94, and the Corgan/Pavement beef has had legs since the "Range Life" dig that same year. And man, nobody holds a grudge like BC. In an interview given prior to a show in the Philippines last week, Corgan took shots at both those recently reunited bands: "There are those bands that are essentially coming back only to make money — playing their old albums, and maybe somewhere in the back of their minds they're thinking there might be a future. I am not in that business, obviously. I condemn anybody who's in that business but doesn't admit [he's] in that business. 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."
Of course, that was before Soundgarden released an album of utterly mediocre new material. So ... score one for Soundgarden?