A Wayward Word's Worth

January 11, 2011

Billy Corgan’s Fool’s Errand

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Lead Smashing Pumpkin is seeing music through kaleidoscope eyes. By Kyle Mullin for Albuquerque’s IQ Magazine, Nov. 28 2010

It’s difficult to look away from Billy Corgan’s characteristic onstage stare; it smolders like old embers, charred enough to fit the tenderest of ballads or sharply pierce through big, burly stadium rock notes that can drop jaws. Yet, as commanding as his gape can sometimes be, the front man for Smashing Pumpkins says he is more often inspired when he turns his gaze to a deck of Tarot cards. In a way, every note of the music Smashing Pumpkins has created over the past two decades has been dealt out, perhaps in an effort to caress the very psyche of its listeners, like a deck of cards. It’s as if Corgan is not merely singing to his fans, but giving them a reading, of sorts.
Of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck, Corgan has an affinity for one in particular. On it is a vibrant sketch of a skinny fellow with a staff slung over his shoulder as he strides confidently toward the edge of a cliff. Below that picture sits two starkly written words: “The Fool,” the
title of the only unnumbered card in the deck.
“We are all, in essence, on the fool’s journey,” Corgan said in a recent interview with Local iQ, upon the untraditional release of Smashing Pumpkins’ Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. “So the inspiration for the (new) album is the story of the fool, which is the story of life as we all struggle towards transcendence.”




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