As much as we'd like to think it's all about the craft, sometimes musicians do succumb to the sweet temptations of capitalism. They're only human, right? And there's nothing wrong with making a buck. But then there's our friend Billy Corgan, who recently went on a long, unsolicited, sarcastic rant about the dangers of "selling out" just in time for the release of the Smashing Pumpkins single "G.L.O.W.," the first track ever recorded exclusively for the multi-million dollar Guitar Hero franchise.
MySpace Music had the distinct honor of premiering the "G.L.O.W." video today, and the MySpace/Pumpkins pairing is surely one that a stand-up, damn-the-man, grassroots type of guy like Corgan can really get behind. After all, not only is MySpace now owned by good old Rupert Murdoch, one of the richest dudes in the world, it was projected to make Murdoch $800 million in the 2008 fiscal year alone. We also sort of wonder what Murdoch thought of all that liberal propaganda on Zeitgeist.
Okay, so give us a quick second to make sure we have all this straight. Selling out = bad. Leaving a concert early = so bad you might get yelled at from the stage by the lead singer of the band you're walking out on. Not respecting the artistic license of said band to play whatever songs they want to for fans who came to see classic material = don't even go there. But if said self-important band wants to make millions from MySpace and video game licensing = totally kosher.
Now that we're caught up on all the hypocrisy, if you're still interested in some verbal abuse from Corgan, the Pumpkins' 20th anniversary tour continues through next week. Check out "G.L.O.W." below.