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Favorite Smashing Pumpkins Album – Readers Poll

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It’s been an interesting ride for the Smashing Pumpkins, with founding member, guitarist and frontman Billy Corgan there for the entire journey. The veteran rockers have essentially existed in two forms with each version of the band continuously creating and evolving while active. Our Readers Poll question asks you, the fans, which Smashing Pumpkins album from their storied career is your favorite.

The core group of Corgan, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, guitarist James Iha and bassist D’arcy Wretzky began their decade of dominance in 1991 with the ‘Gish’ album. The critically hailed but not hugely commercial debut featured such favorites as ‘Rhinoceros,’ ‘Siva,’ ‘I Am One,’ and ‘Tristessa.’ Their 1993 follow-up, ‘Siamese Dream,’ was the one that broke them to a mass audience. It featured major hits ‘Cherub Rock,’ ‘Today’ and ‘Disarm,’ as well as fan favorites ‘Rocket,’ ‘Mayonnaise,’ and ‘Soma.’

The band’s ambitious double album, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,’ came next. The 1995 effort had six singles — ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings,’ ’1979,’ ‘Tonight, Tonight,’ ‘Zero,’ ‘Muzzle’ and ‘Thirty-Three.’ The less-successful but still commercially viable ‘Adore’ followed in 1998, featuring ‘Ava Adore,’ ‘Perfect,’ ‘Crestfallen’ and the ballad, ‘To Shiela.’ By 2000, the tensions got the better of the group and they decided to call it quits after two final records. ‘Machina/The Machines of God’ gave us ‘The Everlasting Gaze,’ ‘I of the Mourning,’ ‘Stand Inside Your Love’ and ‘Try Try Try,’ while ‘Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music’ featured ‘Let Me Give the World to You,’ ‘Cash Car Star’ and ‘Home.’

After toiling several years with his post-Pumpkins band Zwan and releasing a solo album, Corgan reclaimed the Pumpkins name in 2007 with a reconfigured lineup. The ‘Zeitgeist’ album came first, meeting with mixed reviews. It featured the songs ‘Tarantula’ and ‘That’s the Way (My Love Is).’ The band followed with the epic (and still-unfinished) 44-song ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ effort, a collection of singles meant to be eventually packaged into one large set. ‘Teargarden’ so far has spawned such favorites as ‘Freak,’ ‘Owata,’ ‘A Song for a Son’ and ‘A Stitch in Time.’ In 2012, Corgan stopped the non-traditional ‘Teargarden’ collection briefly to record and release a full, new disc called ‘Oceania.’ It included the standout cuts ‘The Celestials’ and ‘Panopticon’ and was positively reviewed.

That’s nine studio albums (actually eight, plus the continually in-progress ‘Teargarden by Kaleidyscope’ collection) that the Smashing Pumpkins have put their stamp on. Now it’s your turn to tell us which of these discs is your favorite. Place your vote in the Readers Poll below:

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