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Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a recordstore.Theybegan playingtogether,with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joining temporarily.Afterrecruiting D'arcy Wretzky(bass) and Jimmy Chamberlin(drums)solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next coupleof years playing around Chicago.Chamberlin joined shortly after seeing the otherthreeperform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, but saw potential inCorgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistrybetween himandCorgan was ...read more

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a recordstore.Theybegan playingtogether,with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joining temporarily.Afterrecruiting D'arcy Wretzky(bass) and Jimmy Chamberlin(drums)solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next coupleof years playing around Chicago.Chamberlin joined shortly after seeing the otherthreeperform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, but saw potential inCorgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistrybetween himandCorgan was vital for the Smashing Pumpkins'sound. The Pumpkins released their debut Gish in 1991.

Their follow-up Siamese Dream in 1993 established them as the leaders of alt rock, despite the band almost breakingupduring therecording.Corgan was reportedly a control freak, and went as far as to record his own bass and guitar parts overtheother members, he had also comeout ofdepression and writer's block which almost lead him to suicide. Iha and Wretzkybroke uparound the time of the recording,making it harder toworktogether. Chamberlin had become an alcoholic and drugaddict after therigorous touring supporting their debut.Because in Chicago he had toomanydrug connections,making himcompletely unreliable, theband went to Georgia to record. It was all worth it though, Siamese Dream debuted at 10ontheBillboard charts, won criticalacclaim, and the singles Today, Cherub Rock,and Disarm propelled theband'spopularity.1995'sMellon Collie andthe Infinite Sadness put them at the top of the 90s, the 28 track double album wasthe apex of the band'spopularity. Thetourwas going well, with hits like Zero and Tonight, Tonight keeping theband on the radar. But when touringkeyboardistJonathan Melvoinedied of a heroin overdose, and Chamberlin was fired fordoing heroin with him, Smashing Pumpkinswere left in a difficult position.Corgan was alsobeing painted as an egomaniac,and somewhat as an anti-hero of rock, claiming that"rock is dead" and Mellon Collie would be the lastrock albumfortheSmashing Pumpkins.

Adore was released in 1997, but critics' opinions were mixed with the acoustic-electronic sound and the Pumpkins'careerstarted coming to anend,with tensions between the band members mounting. Corgan claimed that the band had nointerestinmaking Adore, and D'Arcy wanted the albumto be aCorgan solo album. Jimmy was welcomed back and in 2000they releasedMachina: The Machines ofGod (D'Arcy left during the album'srecording forunknown reasons,replaced byMelissa Auf Der Maurfor their final tour). This helped to establish their rock sound again, but failed to liveup to earlierSPefforts.

They released Machina 2: the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music online for fans to circulate, played their final showonDecember 2nd 2000andbroke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in 'A Perfect Circle' (the band is nowofficallyover),Chamberlin's 'The Jimmy Chamberlin' Complexfrom 2005,Corgan's 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace, andMelissaAuf Der Maur's band Auf Der Maur.D'Arcy is living on a farm breedinghorses,and hassince remained out of any spotlight.In2005 Billy Corgan announced his intention to reform the band in a full page newspaperadvertisement taken out onthereleasedate of his new solo album. Between 2006 and 2007 Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan recorded andreleasedZeitgeistto mixedreviews.

Jimmy Chamberlin left the group in 2009 leaving Billy Corgan the only original member. Corgan announced plans to release a44-track conceptalbum,Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. In 2012 the band released Oceania which Cogan described as 'analbumwithin an album'.

As of 2015, Billy Coorgan is the only remaining original member of the band with Jeff Schroeder as the only member who has notleft the band.

Their current line-up is:Billy Corgan - vocals, lead guitar Jeff Schroeder - rhythm guitar « hide

Similar Bands: Billy Corgan, Zwan, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Built to Spill

LPs
Monuments to an Elegy
2014

3.2
188 Votes
Oceania
06/19/2012

3.6
594 Votes
Zeitgeist
2007

2.7
980 Votes
Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Mode
2000

3
421 Votes
Machina/The Machines of God
2000

3.2
753 Votes
Adore
1998

3.6
1,060 Votes
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
1995

4.2
2,559 Votes
Siamese Dream
1993

4.4
2,841 Votes
Gish
1991

3.8
1,157 Votes
EPs
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 2
2010

3
104 Votes
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1
2010

2.8
134 Votes
American Gothic
2008

3
92 Votes
Still Becoming Apart
2000

3.8
2 Votes
Zero
1996

3.6
96 Votes
Peel Sessions
1992

3.5
27 Votes
Lull
1991

3.5
68 Votes
Live Albums
Oceania: Live In NYC
09/24/2013

4.2
5 Votes
Earphoria
2002

3.6
99 Votes
Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88
2000

3.2
8 Votes
Live in Chicago 23.10.95
1995

3.8
8 Votes
Compilations
Rarities & B-Sides
2005

4.4
5 Votes
Rotten Apples
2001

4.1
353 Votes
Judas O
2001

3.7
91 Votes
The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
2000

4
1 Votes
The Aeroplane Flies High
1996

4
158 Votes
Pisces Iscariot
1994

3.7
356 Votes
Siamese Singles
1994

3.8
26 Votes

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