Smashing Pumpkins Biography

The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, created in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar) and James Iha (rhythm guitar), the band has included Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar), Melissa Auf der Maur (bass guitar), and currently includes Nicole Fiorentino (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Jeff Schroeder (rhythm guitar) among its membership.

Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter--his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been 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, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins was 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, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin reconvened to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. The band toured with a rotating lineup of between five and nine musicians through much of 2007 and 2008 with new member Jeff Schroeder before Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. New drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino solidified a new lineup with Corgan and Schroeder, toured through much of 2010 and 2011, and are currently recording the album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, having released the album-within-an-album Oceania in 2012. On March 25, 2014, Corgan announced the next two albums, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night, will be released in 2015.

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Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan accuses Amazon of leaking 'Adore' reissue tracklisting

The 107-track version of the 1998 album will be released in September

  • Jul 17, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan given award for wrestling outreach programme

The singer set up the pro-wrestling programme for children in Chicago

  • Jun 20, 2014

Billy Corgan confirms drummer Mike Byrne has left Smashing Pumpkins

He featured on 2009's 'Teargarden by Kaleidyscope' and 2012's 'Oceania'

  • Jun 15, 2014

Smashing Pumpkins to reissue 'Machina/ The Machine Of God'

Work begins on bonus material from band's 2000 album

  • May 24, 2014

Guest drummer Tommy Lee says new Smashing Pumpkins album is like band's early records

Mötley Crüe drummer has recorded nine-songs on 'Monuments To An Elegy'

  • May 19, 2014

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Smashing Pumpkins Reviews

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania'

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Oceania'

Billy’s back with a new band, and it’s not that bad…

  • Jun 12, 2012

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American Gothic

  • Feb 22, 2008

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Tarantula

  • Jul 13, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist

They say you should never go back, but Billy just couldn’t resist

  • Jul 3, 2007

Smashing Pumpkins: Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Thursday May 31

Sci-fi rock rides the greatest hits galactica

  • Jun 18, 2007

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