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The 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 Markedjoiningtemporarily.AfterrecruitingD'arcyWretzky(bass) andJimmy Chamberlin(drums)solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next coupleofyearsplayingaroundChicago.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 theSmashin ...read more
The 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 Markedjoiningtemporarily.AfterrecruitingD'arcyWretzky(bass) andJimmy Chamberlin(drums)solidifying the lineup, the band would spend the next coupleofyearsplayingaroundChicago.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 theSmashingPumpkins'sound.ThePumpkins released their debutGish in 1991.
Their follow-up Siamese Dream in 1993 established them as the leaders of alt rock, despite thebandalmostbreakingupduringtherecording.Corganwas reportedly a control freak, and went as far as to record his own bass and guitarpartsovertheothermembers, hehad also comeout ofdepression andwriter's block which almost lead him to suicide. Iha and Wretzkybroke uparoundthetime oftherecording,making it harder toworktogether. Chamberlinhad become an alcoholic and drugaddict after therigoroustouringsupportingtheirdebut.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 andTonight,Tonightkeepingtheband on the radar. But when touringkeyboardistJonathan Melvoinedied of a heroin overdose, andChamberlin wasfiredfordoingheroin withhim, Smashing Pumpkinswere left in a difficult position.Corgan was alsobeing painted as an egomaniac,andsomewhat asananti-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 andthePumpkins'careerstartedcomingtoanend,with tensions between the band members mounting. Corgan claimed that the band hadnointerestinmakingAdore, and D'Arcywantedthealbumto be aCorgan solo album. Jimmy was welcomed back and in 2000they releasedMachina: TheMachines ofGod(D'Arcyleftduringthe album'srecording forunknown reasons,replaced byMelissa Auf Der Maurfor their final tour). This helped toestablish theirrocksoundagain,but failed to liveup to earlierSPefforts.
They released Machina 2: the Friends and Enemies of Modern Music online for fans to circulate, playedtheirfinalshowonDecember2nd2000andbroke up. Post-Pumpkin activity includes Iha in 'A Perfect Circle' (the band isnowofficallyover),Chamberlin's'TheJimmyChamberlin'Complexfrom 2005,Corgan's 2005 solo album TheFutureEmbrace, andMelissaAuf Der Maur'sband Auf DerMaur.D'Arcy islivingon afarm breedinghorses,and hassince remained out of any spotlight.In2005 Billy Corgan announced his intentiontoreform the band ina fullpagenewspaperadvertisement taken out onthereleasedate of his new solo album. Between 2006 and 2007 JimmyChamberlinand 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
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