I know there are Corgan haters out there, and I’m not one of them. For the purposes of this thread, I’m presupposing that the Smashing Pumpkins were THE best band of the nineties and one of the finer bands of the past several decades. Among their peers, they were simply a cut above in songwriting, instrumentation, production, vision, and scope. Corgan always went the extra mile to be bigger, weirder, artier, heavier, and ultimately better, even when it required extreme pretense on his part.
Since the Smashing Pumpkins’ return last year, things have been nowhere near the quality of even the band’s weakest moments. Zeitgeist was terrible - the entire thing was truly worse than even the weakest tracks on the Zwan album (which was nowhere near as bad as people tried to make it out to be). The newest song, “G.L.O.W.”, is one of the most terrible things I’ve heard in years period, from anybody.
What went wrong? Why is Corgan so completely terrible now? How did he go from being amazing to being awful? What’s going on?
The wrong answer to this question is “when he re-formed SP with new members.” Smashing Pumpkins has always been Corgan and Chamberlain, period - James and D’arcy were only window dressing and barely even played on the studio albums. The two major new members are significantly better musicians and personalities than James and Darcy, so you can’t pin it on them.