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- Posted on Mar 15th 2012 2:50PM by Richard Kalenberg
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Following his March 13th SXSW panel discussion in which he rallied against the artistic business model that 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' have created, the Smashing Pumpkins singer admitted he would still be up for a judges position if it were offered.
"I'd love it," Corgan told Spinner.
In tune with his earlier diatribe during the panel, the rocker explained it's not 'Idol' that's the problem, but society's inability to culturally offset the effect of those shows on the music industry.
"I don't have a problem with 'Idol' or 'X Factor,' I have a problem with when those things are not given the proper contextual hue," he said. "If there's an 'American Idol' there should be a proper alternative counterbalance -- if there was hair metal, there was grunge, know what I mean?"
As such, Corgan said he can respect shows like 'American Idol' for being transparent in their aim, unlike most modern rock music, which he refers to as Laptop Rock due to its ability to blend into the background while one works.
"Laptop Rock is not the adequate response for 'American Idol' -- and everybody knows it."
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