I am only a little more than halfway through this interview with Billy Corgan, but already I can unequivocally say that he deserves a trophy for telling it like it is. We've shunned so many people in favor of codified "cool" that it no longer pays for an artist to create new work any longer. Or, as Corgan puts it:
But isn’t it funny how alternative culture likes to turn its back on
those they don’t consider attractive. There is a narcissistic subtext to
alternative culture that runs through its veins. Why do most people
turn to alternative culture? Because they grow up in a family system or
community system that doesn’t recognize their specialness or sensitivity
or uniqueness, and they find that there are voices in the alternative
community that represent them — whether they’re gay or lesbian or the
pretty, overweight goth girl, or the outcast or whatever. They look at
alternative culture and they say, “That’s the land of lost toys, there’s
the place for me.” And we’ve seen this thing happen over the last 25
years — afforded by the Internet — where that narcissistic streak has
become a business model.
Go read the rest at Stereogum at this link. Props all around for a great interview.
Oh, and Oceania is really fucking good, too.
(Update: Just finished reading the rest of it. It did not disappoint. Especially when Corgan takes Stephen Malkmus to task for going on a "money run.")