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Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in arecordstore.They beganplaying together, with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joiningtemporarily. AfterrecruitingD'arcy Wretzky (bass) andJimmy Chamberlain (drums) solidifying the lineup, the bandwould spend the next couple ofyearsplaying around Chicago. Chamberlin joinedshortly after seeing the otherthree perform with a drum machine, he said itwashorrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despitebeing a jazz drummer, the chemistry between him and Corganwasvi ...read more
Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in arecordstore.They beganplaying together, with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joiningtemporarily. AfterrecruitingD'arcy Wretzky (bass) andJimmy Chamberlain (drums) solidifying the lineup, the bandwould spend the next couple ofyearsplaying around Chicago. Chamberlin joinedshortly after seeing the otherthree perform with a drum machine, he said itwashorrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despitebeing a jazz drummer, the chemistry between him and Corganwasvital for the Smashing Pumpkinssound. The Pumpkins released theirdebut Gish in 1991.
Their follow-up Siamese Dream in 1993 established them as the leaders of alt rock, despite the band almostbreakingupduring therecording. Corgan was reportedly a control freak, and went as far as to record his ownbass and guitar partsoverthe other members, he hadalso come out of depression and writer's block whichalmost lead him to suicide. Iha andWretzkybroke up around the time of the recording,making it harder to worktogether. Chamberlain had become an alcoholicand drugaddict after the rigorous touring supporting theirdebut.Because in Chicago he had too many drug connections,making himcompletely unreliable, the band went toGeorgia to record. It was allworth it though, Siamese Dream debuted at 10on theBillboard charts, won criticalacclaim, and the singles Today, Cherub Rock,and Disarm propelled theband'spopularity.1995'sMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness put them at the top of the 90s, the 28 track doule albumwas theapexof the band'spopularity. The tour was going well, with hits like Zero and Tonight, Tonight keepingtheband onthe radar. But when touringkeyboardist Jonathan Melvoine died of a heroin overdose, and Chamberlinwas fired fordoing heroinwith him, Smashing Pumpkins were leftin a difficult position. Corgan was also beingpainted as an egomaniac, andsomewhat asan anti-hero of rock, claiming that "rock is dead"and Mellon Colliewould be the last rock album for the SmashingPumpkins.
Adore was released in 1997, but critics' opinions were mixed with the acoustic-electronic sound and thePumpkins'careerstartedcoming to an end, with tensions between the band members mounting. Corgan claimedthat the band had nointerest inmaking Adore, andD'Arcy wanted the album to be a Corgan solo album. Jimmywas welcomed back and in 2000 theyreleasedMachina: The Machines ofGod (D'Arcy left during the album'srecording for unknown reasons, replaced by MelissaAuf DerMaur for their final tour). This helped toestablish theirrock sound again, but failed to live up to earlier SP efforts.
They released Machina 2: the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music online for fans to circulate, played theirfinal showonDecember2nd 2000 and broke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in A Perfect Circle (the band isnow officallyover),Chamberlin's JimmyChamberlain Complex from 2005, Corgan's 2005 solo albumTheFutureEmbrace, and Melissa AufDerMaur's band Auf Der Maur.D'Arcy is living on a farm breeding horses,and has since remained out of any spotlight. In 2005BillyCorgan announced his intention toreform the band in afull page newspaper advertisement taken out on the release dateof hisnew solo album. Between 2006 and2007 JimmyChamberlain and Billy Corgan recorded and released Zeitgeist tomixedreviews.
Jimmy Chamberlain left the group in 2009 leaving Billy Corgan the only original member. Corgan announced plansto releasea44-trackconcept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. In 2012 the band released Oceania whichCogan described as'analbum within an album'.
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Billy Corgan - vocals, lead guitar Jeff Schroeder - rhythm guitar Mike Byrne - drums, percussion NicoleFiorentinobass - guitar « hide
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