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The Smashing Pumpkins

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The Smashing Pumpkins (also written as just Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago. Formed in 1988 by frontman, guitarist and primary composer Billy Corgan, bassist D'arcy Wretzky, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, the band has undergone many line-up changes. The current lineup features Corgan, Chamberlin, Iha and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, they have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and, in later recordings, electronica. Corgan is the group's main songwriter; his musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's distinctive albums, which one writer described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land".The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their 1995 follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 30 million albums sold worldwide, the Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a 2000 break-up.

In 2006, Corgan and Chamberlin reconvened to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. After touring throughout 2007 and 2008 with a lineup including new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. Later that year, Corgan began a new recording series with a rotating lineup of musicians entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which encompassed the release of stand-alone singles, compilation EP releases, and two full albums that also fell under the project's scope—Oceania in 2012 and Monuments to an Elegy in 2014. Chamberlin and Iha officially rejoined the band in February 2018. The reunited lineup released the album Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. in November 2018 and Cyr in November 2020.

Articles

August 8, 2022

Marilyn Manson used racial slur against The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha in text message to Johnny Depp

Manson’s wife is the twin sister of Iha’s wife The post Marilyn Manson used racial slur against The Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha in text message to Johnny Depp appeared first on NME.

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May 13, 2022

The Smashing Pumpkins Play “Today” on Corden: Watch

A performance of the 1993 Siamese Dream single for The Late Late Show

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May 11, 2022

The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Fall 2022 North American Tour

The Spirit on Fire Tour features support from Jane's Addiction and Poppy

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October 12, 2021

Watch Billy Corgan perform pre-Smashing Pumpkins songs and rarities

The frontman played material circa 1985-1990 at a run of intimate gigs The post Watch Billy Corgan perform pre-Smashing Pumpkins songs and rarities appeared first on NME.

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Discs

CYR

November 27, 2020

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SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.

November 16, 2018

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Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)

September 14, 2018

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Solara

June 8, 2018

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12 Playlists of Xmas

December 13, 2014

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Monuments to an Elegy

December 8, 2014

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Oceania

June 19, 2012

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Machina / The Machines Of God

February 29, 2000

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Perfect

September 7, 1998

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Adore (Super Deluxe)

January 1, 1998

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1979 Mixes

January 1, 1995

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Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1995

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Pisces Iscariot (Deluxe)

January 1, 1994

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Siamese Dream (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1993

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Gish (Deluxe Edition)

January 1, 1991

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