In a recent interview on the Howard Stern Show, the Smashing Pumpkins lead singer criticized both the Foo Fighters AND Pearl Jam.
Billy started off by clarifying how he felt that neither band was able to reach the the early ’90s accomplishments of Pumpkins and Nirvana. According to Mr. Corgan, both he and Kurt Cobain were their generation’s “top two scribes” back in their heydays.
Billy on Pearl Jam:
“I don’t think Pearl Jam have the songs”. If you stack my songs up, Cobain’s songs up and that band’s songs up, they don’t have the songs. They’re a great band, still an arena act, they’ve gotten it done for a long time and I have to bow to that.”
Billy on the Foo Figthers:
“My criticism of the Foo Fighters, if I’m being a music critic, is that they just haven’t evolved. That’s sort of the recent wrap on them…making the same music.”
BUT – Billy does acknowledge that Dave Grohl is “a great songwriter who has done the work”, and he admits that the Foo have become more successful than the Smashing Pumpkins, and that his mentality of “making different music” and “evolving” is “not for everybody.”
Click below to hear the full interview with Billy Corgan and Howard Stern.