Billy Corgan Leaves Twitter, Starts Blog About Old Cars: Smashing Pumpkins frontman starts mysterious website, continues love affair with wrestling.
While we await the next album from The Smashing Pumpkins, frontman Billy Corgan (or William Patrick Corgan, as is his preferred moniker these days) has fueled much head scratching with his curious and perhaps final Tweet. On his official Twitter account, he signed off-apparently for good-saying simply:
Nope, he’s not taking a page from Jerry Seinfeld or Jay Leno: if you follow that link, you’re brought to a Tumblr style website displaying wonderfully frayed old photos of, wait for it, people and their cars.
Also shown, are a group of old women, bridges, train tracks and other pics that look they could’ve been scooped off of relatives shelves or found at a garage sale, all with amusingly vague captions (my favorite? Wanna Go For A Ride?: in reference to an elderly couple standing in a gravel parking lot).
For Pumpkins fans who have an affection for his collage artwork from albums like Siamese Dream, or his wonderfully old-timey 33 video, that same sense of bittersweet nostalgia is apparent in these pics. They’re fun to look at, by golly.
And for the truly bold, you can subscribe to Corgan’s Red Border Gallery Club, where you can receive additional images via email and get updates on new merchandise and forthcoming People And Their Cars/Hexestential books.
I did just that, and got this response. Thank you! You’ll be receiving a personal message from WPC soon! So far this has only amounted to an email confirming my subscription, but all bets are off for future messages.
While much of the internet has goofed on Corgan for this site (and his sad expression at Disney World, 8 hour jam-session based on Siddhartha, etc, etc), it’s hard to tell if he’s in on the joke, or if the joke’s on us. But I’m down either way. Let’s do this!
In other strange but true news, Corgan continues his interest in professional wrestling, and appeared at a press conference for TNA Wrestling, with his new gig as senior producer with the organization.
He gave a very stoic speech alongside TNA President Dixie Carter in their search for a new Heavyweight Champion in response to some controversy surely scripted to fuel good ole wrestling drama.
But in all seriousness, or perhaps not seriously at all, don’t tell me it’s not entertaining as hell to follow Corgan down the rabbit hole of his arcane passions. At least he’s keeping us guessing. I can’t quit you Billy: take me where thou wilt madman.
Be sure to check back later this month, when I’ll be revisiting Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness on its 20th anniversary. And I will be sure to keep you posted on all things Red Border Club as well!