Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently appeared on Alex Jones’s Infowars show. Yes, the red flag going up in your mind, if you are familiar with Alex Jones, is appropriate. While on this show, Corgan had this to say in regards to the rise of populist icon and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders:
‘I can’t believe that we’re even having this discussion, if you can understand when I say that to you humbly. To be talking in America in 2016 about Mao is a good idea, and a socialist is running for president and that’s OK, and we’re going to go back to these crazy tax rates where we’re going to completely disempower the innovators in our country because the new technocratic class wants to keep their position and they want to keep anybody else from coming in the game… I mean, it’s just crazy to me.’
As Consequence of Sound reporter Collin Brennan noted, “Corgan seems to have Sanders’ message of social empowerment mixed up with somebody else’s.” In other words, nobody’s talking about Mao, the former leader of Communist China, besides Corgan.
Sanders’s message is also precisely the opposite of what Corgan is implying it is. While he claims that the candidate’s proposals are about keeping a “new technocratic class” in their status, what Sanders is actually leading is somewhat of a populist revolution. Sanders supporters call it a “political revolution.” So, it’s not quite clear what Corgan is talking about. He almost sounds like he belongs in the Sanders camp.
Corgan has previously expressed his support for now presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. As Breitbart reported him saying back in September:
‘I think what’s cool is Trump’s running chaos theory. He’s forcing a lot of things out into the open, so they can’t control this, whatever whatever that control is. It’s like the music business: everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along that f***s it all up. I think it’s good that he’s f***ing it up, because whether or not he’s the guy, obviously the political class doesn’t want him there. It’ll open it up to a bigger dialogue. Whether anybody agrees or not, the rating on that debate was 24 million [viewers]. It was eight times higher than the first Republican debate of the last cycle. It was the highest non-sports related cable rating of all time. That means people are engaged.’
The Pumpkins have never achieved nearly the success of some of their “competitors.” They were formed in the early 1990s as a group combining different subgenres of alternative rock, from goth rock to psychedelic rock. Corgan had a nervous breakdown during the recording of one of the band’s first albums, and is the only long standing member. He has criticized Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters for their seeming lack of quality in their music, but millions more people continue to follow the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam compared to the Pumpkins. Maybe Corgan is just upset at his lack of super stardom.
Below, you can watch Corgan’s full interview with Alex Jones. It is just over half an hour long. Watch at your own IQ’s risk, as they put it over at Consequence of Sound. The musician also appeared on the show back in late 2014, where he spoke about the “assassin” and “dinosaur media” journalist Anderson Cooper, among other equally questionable topics.