Billy Corgan was recently on Amy Jo Martin’s Why Not Now podcast. Amy started the podcast by asking her title question…. “why not now?” She wanted to know when Billy went from dreaming to doing.
Billy shared an important time from early in his career. He was 25 and the Smashing Pumpkins had one record out, Gish. The record was doing well and Billy felt like he was doing good, until the rise of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. He said seeing their great success, made him feel inadequate.
Consequence of Sound transcribed part the interview:
“So within a short span of time I went from thinking I was very successful within my given field, to all the rules had changed in my given field. Everything I had built myself up to be and do was no longer as relevant as it needed to be. I went into a very strange depression because I felt like something had been not taken, but the change made me feel kind of inadequate in a way I wasn’t prepared for.”
Corgan eventually pulled himself out of the funk and wrote one of the Smashing Pumpkins all time songs, “Today.”