Know Your Enemy
A musical double bill today...
"Just found out [Smashing Pumpkins are] playing with Pavement in Brazil. It's gonna be one of those New Orleans-type funerals. I say that because they represent the death of the alternative dream, and we follow with the affirmation of life part. Funny how those who pointed the big finger of 'sell out' are the biggest offenders now. Yawn. they have no love ... We'll be the band up there playing NEW songs because we have the love."
Billy Corgan does his reputation as an unsavoury, whining streak of bitterness a power of good by reigniting a 15-year-old rock feud with Stephen Malkmus and company. I remember, back in the day, being aggrieved at discovering one of my favourite bands had poked fun at another...
"3 things visible from space, great wall of china, peter hooks wallet stuffed with ian Curtis blood money, man citys empty trophy cabinet!"
"used to adore the man, now he's a self centred sellout reduced to hawking his mates corpse around to get paid. And he can't play."
A couple of recent tweets from Mani, who it seemed has the same opinion of Peter Hook, his former bandmate in vanity project Freebass, as I do - though he's since retracted the comments and attempted to repair the damage.