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Billy Pumpkin Vs. The World: A Short History of Corgan’s Feuds


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Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has reignited a disagreement between his band (which features no original members other than himself and includes a drummer who was born two years after the group formed) and Pavement (which features all its original feuding members) over the very '90s concern of "selling out." After learning the two bands would share a bill in Brazil next week, Corgan tweeted, "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. By the way, we'll be the band up there playing NEW songs because we have the love."

Corgan has a pretty funny way of showing his "love" -- in fact, he's one of the beef-iest rockers in recent memory. Here's a rundown of his most frequent targets:

Past Members of Smashing Pumpkins
"The truth of the matter is that guitarist James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins," he blogged in 2004, pointing the finger at his former bandmate. "Not me, not drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, but James. Did it help that bassist D'arcy Wretzky was fired for being a mean-spirited drug addict, who refused to get help? No, that didn't help keep the band together, not at all." Has his opinion mellowed with age? It has not. "In that lineup you had two people who could play with a high level of musicianship, and two people who couldn't," he reiterated this year.

John Mayer
"Rather than take a year off or change his musical direction... some part of it is irritating his soul to the point where he's trying to blow it up," he said after Mayer's explosive Playboy interview, in which he called his ex-, Jessica Simpson -- Corgan's own onetime girlfriend -- "sexual napalm." "I think for any person who has celebrity to sort of drop rocks at somebody else's feet like that -- there's things you should really just keep your mouths shut on."

When the government recommended getting a shot to avoid contracting H1N1 (a.k.a. "swine flu"), Corgan wrote an 800-word response: "I do not trust those who make the vaccines, or the apperatus [sic] behind it all to push it on us thru fear."

Courtney Love
These two have history. But in April, a disagreement over Love's then-upcoming album, "Nobody's Daughter," escalated into personal attacks on Twitter. "Maybe you should go someone [sic] nice + live off your husband's money, u know the money he made for writing all those great songs," he tweeted before adding a few unsolicited critiques of her parenting skills.

His Own Fans
"If I read anything from let's call it the 'hardcore fanbase,' they are stuck in '93. It's 17 years [later] and I don't know what they expect to have happen," he lamented this year. "I could put out 40 songs and they'd be saying, 'Eh, not as good as "Mellon Collie." ' Half of those f------ jerkos would have us playing all of 'Siamese Dream' on this tour."

Record Labels
"It's like talking to a brick wall. These people, they treat your music like it's worthless and they treat you like you're even more worthless," he complained in 2008. "And that goes for our current label, Warner Bros., too. There's no passion. There's no love. There's no respect. It's just, like you're just a number. You might as well be some cookies, or a rock."

Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam's frontman wrote a song for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs lost. Corgan flipped out ontage: "If the Cubs did have a chance this last year that just passed, f-----' Eddie Vedder killed that s--- dead. Last I checked Eddie ain't living here, okay? Eddie ain't living here to write a song about my f----' team."

Dated -- or led the public to believe he was dating -- MySpace phenom/reality-show star/general sleazeball Tila Tequila.

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