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The Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar)inarecordstore.Theybeganplayingtogether,with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joiningtemporarily.AfterrecruitingD'arcyWretzky(bass) andJimmy Chamberlin(drums)solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next coupleof yearsplayingaroundChicago.Chamberlin joinedshortly after seeing the otherthreeperform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, butsawpotentialinCorgan's songwriting.Despitebeing a jazz drummer, the chemistrybetween himandCorgan was vital for the S ...read more

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar)inarecordstore.Theybeganplayingtogether,with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joiningtemporarily.AfterrecruitingD'arcyWretzky(bass) andJimmy Chamberlin(drums)solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next coupleof yearsplayingaroundChicago.Chamberlin joinedshortly after seeing the otherthreeperform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, butsawpotentialinCorgan's songwriting.Despitebeing a jazz drummer, the chemistrybetween himandCorgan was vital for the SmashingPumpkins'sound.ThePumpkins released their debutGish in 1991.

Their follow-up Siamese Dream in 1993 established them as the leaders of alt rock, despite the bandalmostbreakingupduringtherecording.Corganwas reportedly a control freak, and went as far as to record his own bass and guitar partsovertheothermembers, hehad also comeout ofdepression andwriter's block which almost lead him to suicide. Iha and Wretzkybroke uparoundthe time oftherecording,making it harder toworktogether. Chamberlinhad become an alcoholic and drugaddict after therigorous touringsupportingtheirdebut.Because in Chicago he had toomanydrug connections,makinghimcompletely unreliable, theband went to Georgia torecord. It wasallworth it though, Siamese Dream debuted at 10ontheBillboard charts, woncriticalacclaim, and the singles Today. CherubRock,andDisarm propelled theband'spopularity.1995'sMellon Collie andthe InfiniteSadness put them at the top of the90s, the28 trackdouble album wasthe apex of the band'spopularity. Thetourwas going well, with hits likeZero and Tonight,Tonightkeepingtheband on the radar. But when touringkeyboardistJonathan Melvoinedied of a heroin overdose, andChamberlin was firedfordoingheroin withhim, Smashing Pumpkinswere left in a difficult position.Corgan was alsobeing painted as an egomaniac,andsomewhat asan 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 thePumpkins'careerstartedcomingtoanend,with tensions between the band members mounting. Corgan claimed that the band had nointerestinmakingAdore, and D'Arcywantedthealbumto be aCorgan solo album. Jimmy was welcomed back and in 2000they releasedMachina: The Machines ofGod(D'Arcyleftduringthe album'srecording forunknown reasons,replaced byMelissa Auf Der Maurfor their final tour). This helped to establish theirrocksoundagain,but failed to liveup to earlierSPefforts.

They released Machina 2: the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music online for fans to circulate, played theirfinalshowonDecember2nd2000andbroke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in 'A Perfect Circle' (the band is nowofficallyover),Chamberlin's'TheJimmyChamberlin'Complexfrom 2005,Corgan's 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace, andMelissaAuf Der Maur's band Auf DerMaur.D'Arcy islivingon afarm breedinghorses,and hassince remained out of any spotlight.In2005 Billy Corgan announced his intention toreform the band ina fullpagenewspaperadvertisement taken out onthereleasedate of his new solo album. Between 2006 and 2007 JimmyChamberlin and BillyCorganrecordedandreleasedZeitgeistto mixedreviews.

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

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

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

Similar Bands: Billy Corgan, Zwan, A Perfect Circle, My Bloody Valentine, Jane's Addiction

LPs
Monuments to an Elegy
2014

3.1
234 Votes
Oceania
06/19/2012

3.5
659 Votes
Zeitgeist
2007

2.7
1,036 Votes
Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
2000

3
450 Votes
Machina/The Machines of God
2000

3.2
806 Votes
Adore
1998

3.6
1,139 Votes
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
1995

4.2
2,760 Votes
Siamese Dream
1993

4.4
3,069 Votes
Gish
1991

3.8
1,256 Votes
EPs
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 2
2010

3
108 Votes
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1
2010

2.8
141 Votes
American Gothic
2008

2.9
96 Votes
Still Becoming Apart
2000

3.8
2 Votes
Zero
1996

3.7
102 Votes
Peel Sessions
1992

3.6
27 Votes
Lull
1991

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

4.1
7 Votes
Live Bonus EP
2009

3.5
1 Votes
Earphoria
2002

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

3.2
9 Votes
Live in Chicago 23.10.95
1995

3.8
9 Votes
Compilations
Rarities & B-Sides
2005

4.3
6 Votes
Rotten Apples
2001

4.1
360 Votes
Judas O
2001

3.7
92 Votes
The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
2000

4
1 Votes
The Aeroplane Flies High
1996

4
168 Votes
Pisces Iscariot
1994

3.8
380 Votes
Siamese Singles
1994

3.8
28 Votes

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