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The Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a recordstore.They began 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 otherthree perform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistrybetween him andCor ...read more

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a recordstore.They began 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 otherthree perform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistrybetween him andCorgan 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 breaking upduring the recording.Corgan was reportedly a control freak, and went as far as to record his own bass and guitar parts overthe other members, he had also come out ofdepression and writer's block which almost lead him to suicide. Iha and Wretzkybroke up around the time of the recording,making it harder to worktogether. Chamberlin had become an alcoholic and drugaddict after the rigorous touring supporting their debut.Because in Chicago he had too manydrug connections,making himcompletely unreliable, the band went to Georgia to record. It was all worth it though, Siamese Dream debuted at 10 ontheBillboard charts, won critical acclaim, and the singles Today, Cherub Rock,and Disarm propelled the band'spopularity.1995'sMellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness put them at the top of the 90s, the 28 track double album wasthe apex of the band's popularity. The tourwas going well, with hits like Zero and Tonight, Tonight keeping theband on the radar. But when touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoinedied of a heroin overdose, and Chamberlin was fired fordoing heroin with him, Smashing Pumpkins were 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 last rock albumfortheSmashing Pumpkins.

Adore was released in 1997, but critics' opinions were mixed with the acoustic-electronic sound and the Pumpkins'career started coming to anend, with tensions between the band members mounting. Corgan claimed that the band had nointerest inmaking Adore, and D'Arcy wanted the albumto be a Corgan solo album. Jimmy was welcomed back and in 2000they released Machina: The Machines ofGod (D'Arcy left during the album'srecording for unknown reasons,replaced byMelissa Auf Der Maur for their final tour). This helped to establish their rock sound again, but failed to liveup to earlier SPefforts.

They released Machina 2: the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music online for fans to circulate, played their final showon December 2nd 2000and broke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in 'A Perfect Circle' (the band is now officallyover),Chamberlin's 'The Jimmy Chamberlin' Complexfrom 2005, Corgan's 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace, and MelissaAuf Der Maur's band Auf Der Maur.D'Arcy is living on a farm breedinghorses,and has since remained out of any spotlight. In2005 Billy Corgan announced his intention to reform the band in a full page newspaperadvertisement taken out on the releasedate of his new solo album. Between 2006 and 2007 Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan recorded and releasedZeitgeistto mixed reviews.

Jimmy Chamberlin left the group in 2009 leaving Billy Corgan the only original member. Corgan announced plans to release a44-track concept album,Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. In 2012 the band released Oceania which Cogan described as 'analbum within 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 not left 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, Pixies

LPs
Monuments to an Elegy
2014

3.2
166 Votes
Oceania
06/19/2012

3.6
565 Votes
Zeitgeist
2007

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

3
405 Votes
Machina/The Machines of God
2000

3.2
722 Votes
Adore
1998

3.6
1,018 Votes
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
1995

4.2
2,448 Votes
Siamese Dream
1993

4.4
2,695 Votes
Gish
1991

3.8
1,111 Votes
EPs
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 2
2010

3
105 Votes
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1
2010

2.8
134 Votes
American Gothic
2008

3
92 Votes
Still Becoming Apart
2000

4
1 Votes
Zero
1996

3.6
94 Votes
Peel Sessions
1992

3.5
25 Votes
Lull
1991

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

4.2
5 Votes
Earphoria
2002

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

3
7 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
347 Votes
Judas O
2001

3.7
91 Votes
The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
2000

4
1 Votes
The Aeroplane Flies High
1996

4
154 Votes
Pisces Iscariot
1994

3.7
348 Votes
Siamese Singles
1994

3.8
27 Votes

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