The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

They Were Collaborators #540

Smashing Pumpkins


tomlinsteel said...
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swac said...

So fresh faced...these days Corgan looks like an acolyte of Nosferatu.

Tom Sutpen said...

Acolyte? In some photos he looks like the (undead) man himself!

What the hell happened to him? I understand the guy was losing his hair, and Happening Alt-Rock Composer/Guitarist/Singer & Male Pattern Baldness aren't the easiest combination to swallow from a purely P.R. standpoint, but . . . Jaysus, did Billy Corgan have to turn himself into a zombie just to avoid some snickers?

swac said...

I guess he doesn't see the sunlight much. I've seen him up close from only a few feet away, it's enough to give kids nightmares.