Features Smashing Pumpkin D'Arcy Dares To Be Happy, Page 2



ATN: I guess it depends on if you read what people write and get into it or if you don't pay attention to it.

D'Arcy: I don't. I don't have the time. I don't have the energy. And when it comes down to it, even if they totally misunderstand everything or hate it, I just never really cared too much what other people think because I know what's right for me and I know what my own truths are. Things work themselves out and I just live my life. How can you possibly spend your life worrying about what everybody else is thinking? You would explode.

Smashing Pumpkins, "Rhinoceros" from Gish
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ATN: Has that always been the case or is that something you've sort of come around to over time, feeling like that?

D'Arcy: I've been that way for a long, long time now. Probably not forever. When people misunderstand me or whatever, I've always been like, well, gee, I know that I'm a good person and I know that I'm meaning well so there must be something that's wrong with them. If you don't like me, there's something wrong with you. I suppose I worried about it when I was younger. But that was like really younger, like 10 years old. It's very fortunate to have an attitude like that in this business. I know Billy has a much harder time dealing with the press stuff than I do. I don't know about James and Jimmy. I think James probably holds about the same attitude that I do. But who really knows what James is thinking?

ATN: There's obviously a lot of women in rock bands. There's a number of women that play bass in rock bands. But what first made you think that that was something that you would do? Was it this natural thing that happened?

D'Arcy: I always was like, I'm going to be in a band when I grow up. Always. Ever since I was probably six years old. No, that's not true. When I was six, I was going to be a doctor. Probably since I was 10 years old.

ATN: Was it based on wanting to be in a band like one you liked? You know, I want to do that kind of thing?

D'Arcy: I've always been so into music. All my whole life I've been surrounded by music. My mother always played music when I was growing up. We always listened to the radio. My mom played instruments and myself and my sisters were always encouraged to play instruments. I played classical violin for about 9 or 10 years. And oboe [Editor's note: Aha! Meltzer is right!] and I was in choir and everything. It was just always a part of my life. I've done so many different things. I have done a lot. I have a lot of different interests but the only thing that's ever been a constant in my life, that I've been able to stick to and not get bored with and sick of and burnt out on is music. Except for the last four years. I was pretty burnt out on it. The past four years before last year I was not very well then. But now I'm better. And I'm interested again. I still listen to classical music and Disney soundtracks and crazy bizarre stuff and classic rock but not popular...is it still alternative anymore? I think it's pretty much popular music now.

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As a kid, D'Arcy always thought that
she would be in a band when she grew up.



ATN: Well yeah, what I think is a very good thing that happened is a lot of the stuff that was out there is now accepted.

D'Arcy: I thought it was good too. And I was really glad that that was happening. But now I don't feel like that. It's just being bastardized. It's just getting completely ripped off and mutated and turned into Nirvana and Pearl Jam-lite. But I suppose with every style, genre of music, there's good and bad. At least it brought a lot of the good music into the forefront. People got so upset that Nirvana got huge. I'd rather see Nirvana making shitloads of money than Michael Jackson, you know.

ATN: It was a really cool thing that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was heard around the world. I think it's a totally great song. To have something like that be heard...I would much rather have that happening. You could go back to the early '80s and you could probably find a lot of indie albums that were shitty and you could probably find a lot of major releases that were shitty and then a lot of stuff that was good then and....

D'Arcy: Yeah, that's true. But the thing is now Billy probably talked to you about all the imitators and things. It's really hard to stomach when you get the imitators taking up this space that the real original bands should be in. It's like you've got Bush who's huge and Sonic Youth who never for some reason, quite got there. Why? And they should be. Sonic Youth should be massive. And I don't know if they would want to be or not. Maybe that's part of the problem. But I would way rather see the Sonic Youth getting all that attention and success than these other bands who are ripping them off. It's kind of depressing.

ATN: Someone could say, why did Green Day sell 10 million albums and how come the Ramones have never been able to? On the other hand, obviously Green Day speak to, because of their age, because of their attitude right now, are speaking to millions of kids, you know what I mean? Ultimately, it gets down to do people want to buy the records and listen to them.

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