In an interview with WXRT’s Terri Hemmert on June 7 about the impending release of the Smashing Pumpkins‘ forthcoming disc Oceania, Billy Corgan revealed that guitar isn’t the only instrument for which he is known. In reference to the album listening party/Lake Michigan cruise the Pumpkins are hosting on June 12, Corgan hinted that he might play some “drunken sea shanties” on the accordion in addition to album material.
Billy revealed that learned to play accordion as a teenager, although “not very well.”
“When I announced to my family that I was going to play the guitar when I was 14 years old, my very Polish aunt and uncle pulled me aside and said ‘That’s not a real instrument. We’ll pay for lessons and get you an accordion.'”
Corgan’s knowledge of accordion is certainly a testament to his Chicago roots, admitting that it “could have been a totally different outcome”, with him instead playing as part of a polka band, mentioning that former drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was a member of a polka band prior to being in the Pumpkins.
Billy Corgan In Studio Interview Part 1
Billy is keeping the new album under lock and key. “I trust my fans. We’re going to put the music in their hands and they’re going to march out into the streets and they’re going to say ‘This is a worthy album’ or not.” Coming up on this Tuesday, the 12th, you’ll be able to stream all 13 tracks the album on 93XRT.com before it goes on sale June 19th.
“The nice thing about Oceania is that it was made here [ in Chicago].” “The rhythm of the city is very unique… my best music has always come from Chicago.”
Enter here for your chance to win admission for two on our private listening party for the Smashing Pumpkins‘ new album next Tuesday evening, June 12th on a cruise on Lake Michigan. You’ll be among the first to hear their new album. (Must be 21+) Courtesy of Red Bull and Martha’s Music.
“My Love Is Winter”
“One Diamond, One Heart”