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Billy Corgan Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 17 March 1967Elk Grove, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameWilliam Patrick Corgan
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Billy Corgan was born on March 17, 1967 in Elk Grove, Chicago, Illinois, USA as William Patrick Corgan. He was previously married to Christine Fabian.

Spouse (1)

Christine Fabian (June 1993 - 1997) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Shaved head
Fender Stratocaster

Trivia (20)

Briefly joined the British band New Order in 2001, performing live as stand-in guitarist.
Has a large red birthmark that covers the top of his left hand.
Guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter for the band Smashing Pumpkins from 1988-2000. When asked about how his band and others from the "alternative revolution" did in changing the music industry for the better, he responded "We didn't do a very good job."
Has formed a new band called 'Zwan' with former Smashing Pumpkins drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist Matt Sweeney (from New York indie rock group Chavez), bassist/guitarist/keyboardist David Pajo (from Papa M, Ariel M, Tortoise) and later adding bassist Paz Lenchantin (from A Perfect Circle).
Billy Corgan made a short movie with his friends in the early 1980s, titled "Alien 1/2". The premise was basically a semi-sequel to Ridley Scott's "Alien", before James Cameron's "Aliens" was released in 1986. Corgan and his friends play astronauts who travel to a distant planet, only to be attacked by an alien (it's actually a plush Tazmanian devil doll). Corgan and his comrades use such tools as a pink hair dryer to combat the beast, which flies above their heads, thanks to some fishing line. Action sequences include a spaceship landing on the planet's surface, which was achieved by a thin piece of paper, folded into a tirangular shape (for the spaceship), and what appears to be a flat picture of a red planet (most likely Mars). Corgan utters the dramatic line, "And nowwwww, the end is near!". Bits of this movie were broadcasted on VH1's "Before They Were Rock Stars".
The debut album of his new band 'Zwan' has been a critical fave, as most of Smashing Pumpkins' albums were, and the band plans to spend 2003 touring in support of the disc. Corgan says Zwan will play no Smashing Pumpkins material in their shows, because he wants the band to establish itself independently of the Pumpkins.
After buying a pawn shop guitar, he discovered that it whined when he stopped playing it. Instead of trading in the guitar, he actually wrote the whine into the song "Mayonaise".
Composed most of the songs for both his bands, The Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan. He also co-wrote the album "Celebrity Skin" for Courtney Love's band Hole.
During the band's over 20 years together, the Smashing Pumpkins put forward nine critically acclaimed albums: Gish, Siamese Dream, Pisces Iscariot, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Adore, Machina the Machines of God, Machina II the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music, Zeitgeist and Oceania.
Only member of the Smashing Pumpkins to appear on every album.
The Smashing Pumpkins album, "Machina II", was never released in stores. Instead, out of his angst toward the animosity of the record company, he released the album for download, free of charge, from his website.
Co-wrote the Courtney Love and Hole song, "Celebrity Skin".
Attended Glenbard North High School, also attended by Kiele Sanchez.
Started shaving his head when he began losing his hair in the 1990's.
The last footage of Billy with hair is the video for "Bullet With Butterfly Wings".
He first appeared with his head shaved in an episode of "Saturday Night Live" in 1995.
His first solo album, entitled "The Future Embrace" was released on the 21st June. [June 2005]
recording a debut solo album after splitting up with his former band, Zwan. [2004]
Huge fan of professional wrestling.
His father's ancestry is Irish, Scottish, and English. His mother's lineage is half Belgian (Flemish) and half Italian/Sicilian.

Personal Quotes (21)

The basic Pumpkins philosophy from the beginning was that everything had already been done. You couldn't write better songs than the Beatles, you couldn't be heavier than Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath, you couldn't be cooler than Cheap Trick. There was no way you were gonna top that. So all you could really do was try to rip off what you liked about it and sort of throw it back at people in a different way.
We used to compete with Nirvana. That was good. That was real. That was viscerally good. Now we compete with imitation-Nirvana. There's nothing good in that. ...It's really sad.
For a 6-foot-3 guy with no hair and a whiny voice, I've done all right.
We can look you in the eye and talk to you about life, heart, love, rock 'n' roll, whatever. But we do not have the moral authority to tell people how to vote or what to do to their bodies. We're just a rock band.
The thing that makes it all worth it is when somebody comes up and says 'I had a really hard time in my life and your album really helped me.' As long as that happens, all the idiots in the world and all the stupid press can say what they want to. It just doesn't matter.
Stay in school. Lie to your teachers, but stay in school.
(At a Smashing Pumpkins concert, just before an acoustic song) Corgan: "Are you ready to rock!" (Crowd cheers.) Corgan: "Well then you are in the wrong place."
Say you write a song about a chandelier, and the chandelier gives off light. And the light is the color red and red reminds you of the color you're not supposed to wear around a bull. So you name the song Cow.
Well, we have brought certain things upon ourselves. I've certainly brought things upon us with my mouth.
Great music completely obliterates any concept of genre
(On The Tonight Show) Jay Leno: "So why is the band splitting up?" Billy Corgan: "Comedy doesn't pay."
It's a Backstreet Boy world, and at the end of the day, you just want to go home and kill yourself.
As a 28-year-old who has lived long enough to know the difference, I know now that the feelings I felt at 16 were not necessarily correct. But however over dramatic, the desperation and hopelessness I felt at 16 was my reality.
Life is everything and nothing all at once.
Don't judge yourself by other people's standards. You'll always lose.
I hate that in magazines, they always stick me somewhere in the back. It means they don't think I'm the cute one.
You can put out the big fire [Napster], but there are 100 other little fires ready to spring up, and you'll never put them all out. Ultimately, music is going to be free.
"The album was going to come out. So I did what I always did: Try to make the best of a situation. I start covering up. Put on a good face. And honestly, as God is my witness, I'm glad the thing didn't sell, because if it had sold then it would have been really tough. I would look like I was insane to walk away from something that I'd just built." (about his uncomfortable situation with his former band Zwan and how grateful he was when Mary Star of the Sea album flopped.)
"You'll never see Zwan. I'll never go anywhere near those people. Ever. I mean, I detest them." (about the chances of Zwan reuniting.)
[on celebrity] Imagine if every week of your life for the rest of your life somebody'd be walking down the street going, 'Here's a picture of you when you were eighteen. Didn't you have a better hairstyle then? Look at this T-shirt you were wearing. Don't you want to wear that T-shirt again?' That's what it's like. It's a mirrored paradigm which you cannot escape. And if you complain, which I have, you're not grateful.
[on creativity] When you have it, it feels like a font that just flows through you, and everything gets real easy. And then one day it sort of slows down or it stops and you tell yourself, 'I'm just having a bad day or a bad month'. And the next thing you know, people start doubting you, you don't have that magic touch. And then you start doubting yourself.

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