Billy Corgan has always shown an admirable commitment to random shit, but I don’t think he’s done anything quite this high on the “wait, what” scale since he dated Tila Tequila. At a Paris show over the weekend, Corgan and his Smashing Pumpkins played a rocked-up and virtually unlistenable cover of David Bowie’s 1975 almost-funk classic “Fame.” The band covered “Fame” a few weeks ago, and it was not good, but this time they found a way to make it worse. Ninja from South African novelty shock-rappers Die Antwoord sat in, doing the weird falsetto backing-vocal parts and then rapping a verse that I really hope was improvised. Ninja wore a suit and Corgan wore, I think, a bowling shirt. It was terrible. Watch it below.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ new album Monuments To An Elegy is out now on Martha’s Music, and it’s considerably better than what you just watched.