Corgan also compared the Pumpkins to grunge rock’s biggest ‘90s names, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, and said the Pumpkins “couldn’t survive” alongside those players. “[Smashing Pumpkins album] ‘Siamese Dream’ was made in the (environment) that we couldn’t survive and succeed in a world with Soundgarden or Pearl Jam,” Corgan explained to NZherald. “My voice was too weird; the band was too weird. You guys aren’t going to do it.
“The first line on ‘Siamese Dream’ is, ‘Freak out and give in, doesn’t matter what you believe in’. I’m saying it right from the beginning, it’s like, ‘It doesn’t matter what happens because you’re living an illusion.’”
Corgan went on to say that anyone who believes “Eddie Vedder was that person and Kurt Cobain was that person and Trent Reznor was that person, is a lie. They were parts of those people, but they weren’t the people they were projecting them to be. When you get picked out in a line in school and you’re the weird one, I’m the weird one, and I’m still here.”So, is Eddie too mainstream? Hasn't suffered enough? I'm not sure, but hey, Billy ... he's still here too.