Is God the future of rock music? Billy Corgan thinks so.
Corgan was the frontman for the popular 90’s rock band, Smashing Pumpkins. I actually remember the first time I heard the band was on the way to youth camp. No, the youth pastor wasn’t playing it. It was a few of the older kids letting me listen to their Walkmans. Remember those days?
Billy Corgan and his band were popular in an era when rock music was largely about expressing inner suffering, indifference to the suffering of others, all while raging against the machine. It was the decade of grunge.
Young “Christian” rock tried to offer an alternative to the hopelessness celebrated in the culture. I remember as a teenager that Christian alternative bands never did quite penetrate my soul like the emotional explosion of bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots.
I can’t say much about rock music in the last decade. On the whole it’s just not that good, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. And that’s one reason why Corgan believes rock music must now explore God.
In the following video, Corgan talks about the need to explore God in rock music, and how Jesus wants better “Christian” bands.
What do you think about the evolution of rock music? Where do you see rock going? Do you agree with Corgan? Is God the future of rock music?
D.D. Flowers, 2013.