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Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a record store.They began playing together, with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joining temporarily.After recruiting D'arcy Wretzky (bass) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next couple of years playing around Chicago. Chamberlin joined shortly after seeing the other three perform with a drum machine, he said it was horrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistry between hi ...read more

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a record store.They began playing together, with former members of Corgan's failed band The Marked joining temporarily.After recruiting D'arcy Wretzky (bass) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next couple of years playing around Chicago. Chamberlin joined shortly after seeing the other three perform with a drum machine, he said it was horrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistry between him and Corgan 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 up during the recording. Corgan was reportedly a control freak, and went as far as to record his own bass and guitar parts over the other members, he had also come out of depression and writer's block which almost lead him to suicide. Iha and Wretzky broke up around the time of the recording,making it harder to work together. Chamberlin had become an alcoholic and drug addict after the rigorous touring supporting their debut.Because in Chicago he had too many drug connections,making him completely unreliable, the band went to Georgia to record. It was all worth it though, Siamese Dream debuted at 10 on the Billboard charts, won critical acclaim, and the singles Today, Cherub Rock,and Disarm propelled the band's popularity.1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness put them at the top of the 90s, the 28 track double album was the apex of the band's popularity. The tour was going well, with hits like Zero and Tonight, Tonight keeping the band on the radar. But when touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoine died of a heroin overdose, and Chamberlin was fired for doing heroin with him, Smashing Pumpkins were left in a difficult position. Corgan was also being 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 album forthe Smashing Pumpkins.

Adore was released in 1997, but critics' opinions were mixed with the acoustic-electronic sound and the Pumpkins' career started coming to an end, with tensions between the band members mounting. Corgan claimed that the band had no interest inmaking Adore, and D'Arcy wanted the album to be a Corgan solo album. Jimmy was welcomed back and in 2000 they released Machina: The Machines ofGod (D'Arcy left during the album's recording for unknown reasons,replaced by Melissa Auf Der Maur for their final tour). This helped to establish their rock 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 their final show on December 2nd 2000 and broke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in 'A Perfect Circle' (the band is now offically over),Chamberlin's 'The Jimmy Chamberlin' Complex from 2005, Corgan's 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace, and Melissa Auf Der Maur's band Auf Der Maur.D'Arcy is living on a farm breeding horses,and has since remained out of any spotlight. In 2005 Billy Corgan announced his intention to reform the band in a full page newspaper advertisement taken out on the release date of his new solo album. Between 2006 and 2007 Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan recorded and released Zeitgeist to mixed reviews.

Jimmy Chamberlin left the group in 2009 leaving Billy Corgan the only original member. Corgan announced plans to release a 44-track concept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. In 2012 the band released Oceania which Cogan described as 'an album within an album'.

Their current line-up is. Billy Corgan - vocals, lead guita. Jeff Schroeder - rhythm guita. Mike Byrne - drums, percussion Nicole Fiorentino - bass guitar « hide

Similar Bands: Billy Corgan, Zwan, My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Pixies

LPs
Oceania
06/19/2012

3.6
466 Votes
Zeitgeist
2007

2.7
874 Votes
Machina II - Friends and Enemies of Modern Music
2000

3
364 Votes
Machina - The Machines of God
2000

3.2
653 Votes
Adore
1998

3.6
911 Votes
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
1995

4.2
2,228 Votes
Siamese Dream
1993

4.4
2,430 Votes
Gish
1991

3.8
983 Votes
EPs
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 2
2010

3
93 Votes
Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, Vol. 1
2010

2.8
124 Votes
American Gothic
2008

3
91 Votes
Zero
1996

3.6
90 Votes
Peel Sessions
1992

3.6
23 Votes
Lull
1991

3.4
61 Votes
Live Albums
Oceania: Live In NYC
09/24/2013

4.5
1 Votes
Earphoria
2002

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

3
7 Votes
Live in Chicago 23.10.95
1995

3.8
7 Votes
Compilations
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Reissue
12/04/2012

4.8
9 Votes
Siamese Dream (Reissue)
2011

5
13 Votes
Gish: Reissue
2011

4.7
7 Votes
Rarities & B-Sides
2005

4.3
3 Votes
Rotten Apples
2001

4.1
339 Votes
Judas O
2001

3.7
89 Votes
The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
2000

4
1 Votes
The Aeroplane Flies High
1996

4
143 Votes
Pisces Iscariot
1994

3.7
313 Votes
Siamese Singles
1994

3.8
26 Votes

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