If you’re currently rubbing your eyes in disbelief, stop. It’s not April Fools and that headline is not a joke. Two of music’s most niche chart-topping artists are working together, and we can only begin to imagine the song that will result from their pairing.
In a new interview with Billboard, Avril Lavigne revealed she worked with shock rock legend Marilyn Manson on a song for her forthcoming album. The track, entitled “Bad Girl,” is described by Lavigne as being on of the heavier tracks on her still unannounced album. You can read an excerpt from the interview below:
“The record’s really diverse. We’ve got these pop-rock tunes, and then these piano ballads with orchestras. I have a heavier song that Marilyn Manson’s on called ‘Bad Girl,’ and then I’ve got a song called ‘Hello Kitty’ that sounds like nothing I’ve done before. ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up’ is one of the rock tunes on it, but it’s all over the place.”
Billy Corgan, frontman for The Smashing Pumpkins and famously cantankerous commentator on the current state of the music industry, is reportedly writing a “spiritual memoir” that contains “plenty of sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” Though Corgan has insisted that the book “isn’t a rock ‘n’ roll autobiography,” he has already teased some of the eccentric personal anecdotes that readers can expect from a man who’s hobnobbed with the alt rock elite. In an interview with Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies, the hosts of Good Morning Australia, Corgan revealed that he once hung out in a teepee at Neil Young’s house with Young, Marilyn Manson, Lou Reed, and “probably Harvey Keitel, or something.” We can’t wait to hear the end of that one. In May of last year, Rolling Stone reported that Corgan was already about one-third of the way through the book, having written about 300 pages. At that pace, Corgan could be on track to finish his memoir fairly soon. However, he’ll likely have to put writing on the backburner for the time being, as The Smashing Pumpkins are about to set off on a two-month-long North American tour. Check out the dates below.
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