The latest addition to Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians series, which lets musicians interview each other, features Kevin Parker of Tame Impala in conversation with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. Kevin recalls first being introduced to Smashing Pumpkins by his older brother when he was young; "It was like an indescribable cross between optimistic and sad music," he said, noting that all of his friends were into Rage Against the Machine at that time.
Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 classic Siamese Dream, Kevin continued, helped inspire him to begin writing songs as Tame Impala, which Corgan has a theory about: "Every generation has their own gateway album," he said. "For Gerard and Mikey Way [My Chemical Romance], their [favorite Pumpkins] album was Machina, because it was very distressed and of that time, the dawn of the internet age. I see Siamese Dream as kind of an idealized statement. After that, we explored every variation: brute-force reality, true darkness. But people are really attracted to idealism. What’s weird is we almost killed ourselves to do it."