Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is still smarting after losing a closely fought table tennis battle with legendary singer ROBERT SMITH.

The bald rocker mistakenly accepted a match against THE CURE star without realising Smith's sporting pedigree - and had his "a** kicked".

The pair played while collaborating on Corgan's debut solo album THEFUTUREEMBRACE at Smith's studio in England.

Corgan says, "He and his sister were 10-year-old champions of South England or something. There's something about Robert looking as though he's come in from a rainstorm and beating you like that.

"It burns. I'll have to play him at basketball or something."

04/05/2005 17:26