The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins



The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins)[1] is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar) and James Iha (guitar), the band included D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) in its original incarnation. It has undergone many line-up changes over the course of its existence, with the current lineup including Corgan, rhythm guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Chamberlin.

Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries,[2] the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal,[3] dream pop, psychedelic rock,[3] 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".[4]

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,[5][6] 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, Billy Corgan and Jimmy 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 entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope featuring a rotating lineup of musicians, that has resulted in the albums Oceania (2012), Monuments to an Elegy (2014), and a forthcoming album. Chamberlin rejoined, originally temporarily, in 2015 for The End Times Tour, but remained a member of the band afterwards. As of 2016, Corgan, Chamberlin & Schroeder are the sole permanent band members.



Zeitgeist is the seventh album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 10, 2007 in the United States and Canada.
Adore is the fourth studio album by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released in June 1998 by Virgin Records.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on October 24, 1995 on Virgin Records.
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Photos - The Smashing Pumpkins35

Popular Albums17

Album Appearances & References12

Popular Live Albums3

Popular Songs37

Song Appearances & References3


Soundtrack Film Appearances1

Minor Film Appearances & References2

TV Shows1

Book References & Influences1

Collaborators & Influencers4

Other Music-Related Relationships31

Awards & Nominations25


Popular Tours1

Popular Band Members8

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Spotify - Albums & Singles24


Spotify - Appears On5


Spotify - Top Tracks10


News Articles6

The Smashing Pumpkins are coming to Akron
WTAM1100  –  March 14, 2016
The first shows at the Goodyear Theater were announced today, including: the Grammy Award-winning rock group, The Smashing Pumpkins with special guest, two-time Grammy-nominated Liz Phair (Friday, April 29), the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer ...
Concert Review: The Smashing Pumpkins at Broward Center
Boca Raton Magazine  –  May 4, 2016
The Smashing Pumpkins have certainly had more than their fair share ... The Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale was the seemingly inapt venue for the alternative rock band’s final show of its “In Plainsong” tour. But, supported by indie singer ...
The Smashing Pumpkins  –  May 15, 2016
The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago ... superior acts and just bands... Coined in the 1980s, dream pop rose to prominence in that decade and was generally used to describe shoegaze. However, over the years dream ...
The Smashing Pumpkins - In Plainsong
Journal News Media Group  –  March 6, 2016
dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. 1995's double album Mellon Collie and ...
The Smashing Pumpkins with Liz Phair at Massey Hall  –  April 15, 2016
Concert Photographer at Live In Limbo. Started concert photography due to the fact that I love music but do not have a musical note in my body, so this is the next best thing as far as I am concerned. I love the energy rush you get coming off the stage ...
Flashback: The Smashing Pumpkins Briefly Reunite Classic Lineup in 1999
Rolling Stone  –  March 31, 2016
In the spring of 1999, the Smashing Pumpkins world seemed to briefly be in harmony. After two years on the road with replacement drummers, founding member Jimmy Chamberlin was welcomed back into the group after receiving extensive treatment for his heroin ...

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