Billy Corgan would like all the "SJW groupthink Maoists" out there to know that he's really matured over the years

The Smashing Pumpkins are currently gearing up for a big reunion tour (most of them, anyway), one that’s intended, at least in part, to show that decades out of the spotlight have really mellowed and matured its members’ frequently fractious public personas. That “Boy, we were all such crazy kids, huh?” image—which…

Billy Corgan says the first of 2 new Smashing Pumpkins EPs is coming in May

The Smashing Pumpkins’ attempt to claw their way back to relevance isn’t going super well so far, with original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky being left out of the reunion despite assurances from Billy Corgan that she’d be involved and with tickets for the big Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour reportedly not selling as quickly as…

“A great time to be alive and own a guitar”: Chicago’s 1990s alt-rock explosion

Nirvana’s Nevermind came out in 1991 and became a veritable sensation, selling millions of albums and signifying to labels, music fans, and the world, that there was much success to be found in alternative rock—music that until that time was not heard much on the radio. In an effort to find Nirvana’s successor/gold…

Stevie Nicks wants to do an all-star version of “Landslide” at Hillary Clinton’s inauguration

On January 19, 1993, Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform “Don’t Stop” at the first presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton. It was the campaign’s theme song, and for the first time in more than five years, Stevie Nicks joined Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Christine McVie to perform it at the inaugural gala.…

What song always gives you goosebumps?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

11 diss tracks that are probably about Courtney Love

In October 2015, Courtney Love alleged in a Los Angeles Times interview that Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral contains a “very mean” song about her. While she didn’t provide specifics, Trent Reznor was more forthcoming in a Kerrang! interview about a NIN song that is partially about her: “Starfuckers, Inc.,” from…

Billy Corgan repurposes unheard Smashing Pumpkins song for wrestling show

There’s no accounting for Billy Corgan’s (or “William,” as he’s known to his Facebook fans) tastes or interests in his post-Zwan life. These days, he’s just as likely to go on tour with the rest of The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson in tow as he is to indulge in high tea (with vegan treats) at his own tea house…

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Smashing Pumpkins rediscover their musical focus but lose lyrical depth

Lineup instability is an integral part of Smashing Pumpkins’ mythology. While on some level this personnel upheaval is a moot point—after all, frontman Billy Corgan is in charge of the band’s vision and aesthetic—the revolving group of collaborators has made it difficult to find a sonic through-line in the group’s…

Farewell, Macaulay Culkin: 19 pop-culture windows into the world of 1994

Heading into 1994, Macaulay Culkin was the biggest child actor since the days of Shirley Temple. His star-making turn in Home Alone had led to a successful sequel in 1992, a turn hosting Saturday Night Live at the age of 11, and an unheard-of $1 million fee for My Girl. Meanwhile, 1993’s The Good Son—though not a…