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When alternative rock took over the world, the airwaves, and MTV during the 1990s, few bands garnered more press or sold more records than the Smashing Pumpkins — you’d almost think they were from Seattle! But, no, the Smashing Pumpkins hailed from Chicago, Illinois, where bandleader, vocalist and guitarist Billy Corgan began working with fellow guitarist James Iha in 1988, then recruited bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain to complete the lineup. Over the next two years, the quartet cut several demos while performing local shows, prior to landing a deal with Caroline Records and recording their debut album, Gish, in 1991 with Steve Albini producing. A relative success, the album established the band’s unique blueprint, combining college rock, psychedelia, dream pop and heavy metal, just in time to join the alternative rock revolution spearheaded by Nirvana the following year. Like many of the independent bands now associated with grunge, in one way or another, the Smashing Pumpkins duly graduated to a major label (Virgin) and were catapulted into the mainstream by 1993’s Siamese Dream. The group then reached absolute ubiquity via 1995’s gargantuan, two-CD magnum opus, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, only to deal with tragedy when tour keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin suffered a fatal heroin overdose in July of 1996. Drummer Chamberlain was also busted for drug possession and replaced by committee on the band’s 1997 follow-up, Adore — a detour into electronica that alienated many fans, especially after Corgan blamed them for “not getting it.” 2000’s Machina/The Machines of God, fared somewhat better, but the Smashing Pumpkins (now reunited with Chamberlain) were, by all appearances, past their commercial prime, along with ‘90s alt-rock, so Corgan decided to break up the band to work with Zwan between 2001 and 2003. Corgan would inevitably backpedal and record once again under the Pumpkins banner, via 2007’s Zeitgeist, then initiate a so-called “ongoing studio album” with 2009’s Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, followed in 2012 by the more traditionally self-contained Oceania and 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy. So, however unlikely it may be that the Smashing Pumpkins will once again enjoy their world-conquering success of yester year, one should never count out the prolific Billy Corgan.

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan ‘About a Thousand Pages’ Into Writing Autobiography

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan offers a progress update on his upcoming memoir.

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Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan
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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Wants ‘Peace,’ But No Reunion, With James Iha + D’Arcy Wretzky

Billy Corgan was asked if he would be interested in reuniting or finding out about former Smashing Pumpkins members James Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Billy Corgan Reflects on Scott Weiland: He Was One of the ‘Great Voices of Our Generation’

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan has penned a lengthy statement collecting his thoughts on the passing of Scott Weiland.

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Virgin

20 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Release ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

On Oct. 24, 1995, Smashing Pumpkins served up the ambitious, two-disc classic 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.'

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Smashing Pumpkins
Caroline Records

Billy Corgan Reveals ‘Singles’ Soundtrack Slight Over Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Drown’

According to Corgan, the record company killed the chances of 'Drown' becoming Smashing Pumpkins' first big hit.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson Bring ‘The End Times’ to Jones Beach

The End Times Tour, featuring co-headliners Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, came to New York’s Jones Beach on Friday (July 31).

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Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin
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Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Returns to Smashing Pumpkins for 2015 Summer Tour

Legendary original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has rejoined the band for the Smashing Pumpkins' 2015 North American tour with Marilyn Manson.

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Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan
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Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Addresses Future of Online Music Streaming Services

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has delivered a well thought out commentary on the future of music streaming services.

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Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan
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Billy Corgan: ‘Smashing Pumpkins Dies When I Die, and Maybe Not Even Then’

Billy Corgan reveals that Smashing Pumpkins will always be part of his life and that the band is not in danger of going away.

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Smashing Pumpkins
Caroline Records

24 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Release Debut Album ‘Gish’

On May 28, 1991, Smashing Pumpkins kicked off their recording career with the album 'Gish.'

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