The Smashing Pumpkins

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The Smashing Pumpkins


CountryUnited States
Style Alternative Rock
Year1988


The Smashing Pumpkins are an American rock band formed in Chicago in 1988 and are one of the most critically acclaimed and influential alternative rock bands of the 1990s. The original lineup of Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin persisted until 1996, when Chamberlin was fired having been involved in the drug-related death of touring keyboardist Johnathon Melvoin. He re-joined in 1999, but soon after D'arcy Wretzky left (replaced by Melissa Auf der Maur) and the band broke up in 2000 with irreconcilable differences. In 2005, Corgan took out full-page advertisments stating his desire to be a Smashing Pumpkins once more and he and Chamberlin re-formed the band with Jeff Schroeder taking James Iha's place, and Ginger Reyes on bass. Chamberlin retired from the band in 2009, replaced by 19 year old Mike Byrne (who is notably younger than the band itself). This makes Billy Corgan the sole remaining original member, although he has always been the driving force of the band, writing and recording virtually all of the band's material himself.


Bill Corgan explained his political views to CNN's Piers Morgan, "When you grow up around drug addicts and freaks, you know, you tend to lean left, you know."

Current lineup

  • Billy Corgan (guitars and vocals)
  • Jeff Schroeder (guitars)
  • Mike Byrne (drums)
  • Nicole Fiorentino (bass)

 

Former members

  • James Iha (guitars)
  • Jimmy Chamberlin (drums)
  • D'arcy Wretzky (bass)
  • Melissa Auf der Maur (bass)
  • Ginger Reyes (bass)

 

Discography

  • Gish (1991)
  • Siamese Dream (1993)
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1996)
  • Adore (1998)
  • Machina/The Machines of God (2000)
  • Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music (2000)
  • Zeitgeist (2007)
  • Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (2009, ongoing)
  • Oceania (2012, part of Teargarden by Kaleidyscope)

     

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