|LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Billy Corgan of American alt-rock group The Smashing Pumpkins performs live on stage at Brixton Academy on November 15, 2011 in London, England. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
"Every great rock song has a great riff, be it a single-note melody or a chordal-based sequence, and that's probably what makes it a great song. Like a great frontman, a really good rock riff should have a hypnotic, star quality. A great riff can take you over; you might find yourself playing it repeatedly for ten minutes. There's something about it that makes you want to indulge in it.
"Siva," from our first album, Gish, had one of those riffs that let me know immediately that I had a song, even though I had yet to work out all the parts. That riff sounded like my band-it had instant identity-and it got my blood going right away."
- Smashing Pumpkins - Billy Corgan
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