I believe that if the Tribune company ever tries to close down Wrigley Field that you will have a protest from every corner of the globe.— Billy Corgan
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Say you write a song about a chandelier, and the chandelier gives off light.
And the light is the color red and red reminds you of the color your not supposed to wear around a bull. So you name the song 'Cow.'
There's nothing more satisfying than going to a market and meeting the person who picked the strawberries, or it's their farm that the strawberries came from, and giving them a fair value in exchange for what they're giving you.
I get more out of life just being myself, by just being a human being.
Not by being a rock star, not by being whatever. Sometimes I act like a jerk, but I think people respect me for being myself. That's the ultimate thing about the Smashing Pumpkins.
I never wanted to leave the Smashing Pumpkins. That was never the plan.
Saturn Return is just the return of your planets to their original position.
I had concussions as a kid playing football and basketball, and know what it feels like and to have someone say 'Just rub some dirt on it, and get back in there.'
My pat line about the Cubs and payroll is that the amount of merchandise the Cubs would sell off a world series championship would more than cover for a big payroll.
To me, music was about being accepted and escaping from this crummy existence.
Thinking about the future and thinking about the past is really only a way of ignoring the present.
Once a pumpkin, Always a pumpkin.
Why is it that all non-conformists look the same?
I'm a Pisces, and Pisces have this weird inability to be completely spontaneous.
We're too conscious of our actions. I've always been way too sensible for my own good.
Been there, done that, seen it, heard it, pissed on it.
Heavy metal is a universal energy -- it's the sound of a volcano.
It's rock, it's earth shattering. Somewhere in our primal being we understand.
I'm sort of like a lame, single guy in a red sports car.
Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.
I usually wake up far after breakfast.
That's as much as you're going to find out about my dietary requirements other than marijuana and vodka.
The reason I don't play any of the old songs is because I really honor my old band, and I think that those songs are best served within the context of that band.
The Pumpkins love rock-and-roll, we absolutely love it, but we also think it's a flatulent, ego-serving kiddie playground. You can have your cake and eat it too.
The deeper I get into my life as a musician, I'm discovering that it becomes less and less about other people, and more about what I want to do. And that's a good place to be.
I'll come in with a string of riffs and direct the musical ideas.
But you still need a band and their input to make the ideas come alive. You can't underestimate band chemistry.
You will never see the four original Pumpkins on stage ever again, unless it's a Hall of Fame thing. But you would never see a tour. There's so much damage, there's no way.
I lay a lot of blame at the feet of Dusty Baker for not being more strict about fundamentals, which I think would give the team a stronger day-to-day identity.
I was raised a Christian, but I wouldn't call myself a Christian now.
I think when I was younger it was easier to focus on the negative, nihilist vision... this is sort of picking up on the other half of the body, which is God and white light.
For someone who's had the level of success I've had, there's been very little critical review of my work, which is pretty fascinating.
I was brought up Roman Catholic. I'm not even baptized.
I didn't grow up with my mother, and so losing her for real was like, some sort of latent childhood, some sort of unresolved issue. When she left for real, it was sort of like, I was done.
Everybody can close their eyes, picture a dream house or a perfect place [where] they'd like to have a picnic. But actually creating it - how do you create something from nothing? Anyone who's creative understands that that's the magic, that's the alchemy.
There's been someone up here screaming 'Landslide' for the whole show.
.. Normally we don't play 'Landslide,' but on occasion we've been known to play it... So since this person's been screaming it all show long... That just about kills the chances of me playing it tonight, or ever again.
I walked away from going to church when I was 8. I didn't set foot in another church until I was 28.
I feel like I'm always fighting not to repeat myself.
We had a wonderful time with this kind of grunge awareness, where suddenly rock was cool again. People wanted to head loud guitars. It was a great time, and I'm glad we were there. But the gimmick part has worn off.
My version, of course, is not this flag-waving, let's all get on the Jesus train and ride out of hell. I'm not that kind of guy. It's an embrace that life is good, worth living and yeah, it's not easy, but there are more pluses than minuses.
Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in the cage.
The Smashing Pumpkins was never meant to be a small band.
It was going to either be a big band, or a no band.
I was trying to be this person who is cool, eternally rocking.
The weird nihilism that permeates Mellon Collie is extremely relevant to what's going on right now. So many kids are intelligent and articulate, but they don't know what to do with themselves.
Stay in school. Lie to your teachers, but stay in school.
We love cats more than we love women [with Marilyn Manson].
Smashing Pumpkins has never been a band about hit songs.
In the beginning, though, I have to admit that I did have a chip on my shoulder.
I did want to prove everyone wrong. But after I went through the process and came out the other side, it wasn't about anyone else.
I created a paradigm by which I could succeed, and up until recently it was the only way I could do it. I could not take the brunt of standing in the light of my own work. There was a Faustian bargain I could not make. I could have you mock me for wearing funny clothes that I could deal with. But I couldn't deal with actually standing in the light of my own musical power. That's the difference now. It's like, okay, no more of that, you're done.
Life is everything and nothing all at once.
I hate how in magazine pictures, they always stick me somewhere in the back.
It means they don't think I'm the cute one.
Usually the intention of the artistic effect is too sophisticated for most people to understand, sort of like a joke that they don't get so they don't think it's funny.
I've become a guy who's like a complaining, whining neurotic.
I never seemed to fit in. But it made me try to strive for things ten times harder.
As a healthy person, my breakfasts are very bland and boring.
Think kind of a white pasty gruel. Or there can be an occasional banana over the top.
People always seemed to pay attention to us.
I have no idea why -- there was just a presence between the four people or something.