List: Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins Shares Four "Heavy" Favorites…
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:24:53
There's always been a distinctly heavy edge to The Smashing Pumpkins.
That's one of a myriad of reasons why they're one of the greatest rock bands of all-time. Billy Corgan has never been afraid to shred or riff. Oceania displays some truly mind-blowing fret work that's both enthralling and, to use the parlance of our times correctly, epic. He's a true guitar god…
He's also got a taste for heavy music.
"Heavy metal is obviously way more mainstream than it used to be," ponders Corgan. "It doesn't always get the props it deserves particularly for being influential. For the most part, musicality is really embraced in heavy metal. A lot of us 'alt people' have stolen vigorously from that musicality. Then, of course, those guys go and name check Radiohead as their influence and they fail to mention Mercyful Fate [Laughs]." Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins shared a few of his favorite metal bands in this exclusive interview…
I just listened to Mob Rules the other day. I got one of those SA CD versions from Japan. I love any classic Black Sabbath still. How I first heard them is a funny story. My uncle had a stereo in the back of my grandmother's house, and I was eight-years-old. For whatever reason, my grandmother let me play the stereo even though he told me I was not supposed to do it. The front album he had in the stack of records that had Queen and Jethro Tull was Black Sabbath's Master of Reality. I put that record on—Side 1, "Sweet Leaf". I'll never forget hearing that sound. That doubled guitar sound with Ozzy's vocals blew my mind. I thought, "Wow, this is the coolest fucking thing I've ever heard!" If you think of quintessential Smashing Pumpkins, that's the sound. I'm ripping that sound off directly [Laughs]. I make no bones about it. I got it straight from Black Sabbath.
I love Rainbow. Anything Ritchie Blackmore, I just love. The funny thing about Rainbow is the albums can be a little all over the place. I don't think there's the one definitive Rainbow album. If you really want to get something that's mind-blowing, there's Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio singing in Germany—On Stage. You can buy the DVD Live in Munich 1977. Cozy Powell is playing drums. It's one of the best concerts I've ever seen in my life. I'm not saying that lightly. It's unbelievable playing, singing, musicianship, and dramatic performance. It's really high level as far as the way to interact with a crowd and play at a very high musical level. It's pretty incredible. I think I first found the concert on a bootleg in Japan. I said to Jimmy Chamberlin, "You've seriously got to watch this!" He said, "Oh, I don't know". I made him watch it, and he said, "That's the greatest concert I've ever seen!" [Laughs].
I think Master of Puppets is my favorite Metallica record. Although, Ride the Lightning came out at a really critical moment in my life. My grandmother was dying of cancer, and "Fade to Black" was one of those songs where I just wore out the tape. It's an incredible song. To me, Master of Puppets is just fucking sick! James Hetfield's right hand! I don't know how he and Kerry King play like that. That's all downstrokes. They're not cheating, you know what I mean?
God Hates Us All is an amazing record.
Which of these records do you own?
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