Go ahead and add “Kim Gordon is talking shit about Courtney Love and Billy Corgan” after “Suge Knight is killing people, Missy Elliott is on TV and gas is under $2 a gallon” to your “the 90s really are back” joke.
Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon wrote her memoir titled Girl In A Band and it wouldn’t be a Kim Gordon memoir if she didn’t yank at Courtney Love’s hair and put a wig on Billy Corgan’s bald head so she can yank that off too. The Guardian published a few pieces from Kim Gordon’s book, which comes out later this month, and she shows that amateur Katy Perry how to really shit talk. Kim says that Courtney is covered in “tarantula LA glamour” (that sounds like a compliment to me) and says that Billy Corgan doesn’t just look like an overgrown Benjamin Button baby, he is a baby:
On working with Courtney Love on Hole’s first album: “No one ever questions the disorder behind her tarantula LA glamour – sociopathy, narcissism – because it’s good rock and roll, good entertainment! I have a low tolerance for manipulative, egomaniacal behaviour, and usually have to remind myself that the person might be mentally ill.”
On Billy Corgan: “Courtney asked us for advice about her ‘secret affair’ with Billy Corgan. I thought, Ewwww, at even the mention of Billy Corgan, whom nobody liked because he was such a crybaby, and Smashing Pumpkins took themselves way too seriously and were in no way punk rock.”
On finding out that her now ex-husband Thurston Moore had a side piece: “No one could understand how Thurston, who always had a good nose for the user, the groupie, the nutcase or the hanger-on, had let himself get pulled under by her. I did feel some compassion for Thurston … but that’s a lot different to forgiveness.”a
One of my favorite sports is watching famous types scratch and gnaw at each other, but I squinted my eyes at something Kim said. I don’t think the Smashing Pumpkins were ever considered punk and I don’t know if they ever tried to be punk. But then again, I once watched two fake cholas badly dance to “Tonight, Tonight” while dressed up like dark fairies in my high school talent show and that’s pretty punk rock.
I don’t know if Kim is doing anyone full-time right now, but if she is, that someone better expect to receive a tear-stained, gunk-covered, strongly-worded letter from Billy Corgan warning them that she will ruin their life and career if they stay with her. It’ll be tear-stained and gunk-covered, because he’ll cry and spit up his creamed banana lunch while writing it.