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Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988, when Billy Corgan (lyricist, vocals, lead guitar) met James Iha (guitar) in a recordstore.They began playing together, 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 other three perform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistry between 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 playing together, 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 other three perform with a drum machine, he saidit was horrible, but saw potential in Corgan's songwriting.Despite being a jazz drummer, the chemistry between 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 of depression and writer's block which almost lead him to suicide. Iha and Wretzkybroke up around the time of the recording,making it harder to work together. Chamberlin had become an alcoholic and drugaddict after the rigorous touring supporting their debut.Because in Chicago he had too many drug connections,making himcompletely unreliable, the band went to Georgia to record. It was all worth it though, Siamese Dream debuted at 10 on theBillboard charts, won critical acclaim, and the singles Today, Cherub Rock,and Disarm propelled the band'spopularity.1995's Mellon 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 tour was going well, with hits like Zero and Tonight, Tonight keeping theband on the radar. But when touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoine died of a heroin overdose, and Chamberlin was fired fordoing 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 fortheSmashing 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 nointerest inmaking Adore, and D'Arcy wanted the album to be a Corgan solo album. Jimmy was welcomed back and in 2000they released Machina: The Machines ofGod (D'Arcy left during the album's recording for unknown reasons,replaced byMelissa Auf Der Maur for their final tour). This helped to establish their rock sound again, but failed to live up 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 2000 and broke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in 'A Perfect Circle' (the band is now officallyover),Chamberlin's 'The Jimmy Chamberlin' Complex from 2005, Corgan's 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace, and MelissaAuf Der Maur's band Auf Der Maur.D'Arcy is living on a farm breeding horses,and has since remained out of any spotlight. In2005 Billy Corgan announced his intention to reform the band in a full page newspaper advertisement taken out on the releasedate of his new solo album. Between 2006 and 2007 Jimmy Chamberlin and Billy Corgan recorded and released Zeitgeistto 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'.
Their current line-up is:Billy Corgan - vocals, lead guitarJeff Schroeder - rhythm guitarMike Byrne - drums, percussionNicole Fiorentino - bass guitar « hide
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