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Back in 1988, Billy Corgan and James Iha started playing sad, Joy Division- and Cure-inspired songs over a drum machine. D’Arcy Wretzky joined them on bass, and the Smashing Pumpkins were born. But the band became something completely new and different after Corgan enlisted the help of jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlain. Powered by Chamberlain’s frenetic, heavy drumming, Corgan began writing riff-fueled guitar rock. The Smashing Pumpkins recorded their first album with rock producer Butch Vig, and with ‘Gish’ the Pumpkins made a blip on the music map. But they were overshadowed by another Vig-produced album, Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind.’ After their next two albums, ‘Siamese Dream’ and ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,’ though, they cemented their place among rock royalty. Since then, the band’s lineup and sound have changed several times. But Corgan has continued to keep the Smashing Pumpkins alive.

Billy Corgan Defends the Honor of Marilyn Manson’s Penis

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Timothy Hiatt, Getty Images

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman was confronted with a question about Manson's member during a recent interview with a Scottish wrestler.

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Billy Corgan Plans Cross-Country Documentary, Hopes to Write New Album Along the Way

Billy Corgan
BT PR

Corgan hopes to "write a new album by using the milk of Delta mud, amongst other things" during his upcoming road trip across the U.S.

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Groundhog Day: The 16 Best Bands That Came Back Again (and Again)

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Columbia Pictures/Ian Gavan, Getty Images

In honor of Groundhog Day (the holiday, but mostly the Bill Murray flick), we bring you the 16 best bands that couldn't stay together, then couldn't stay apart.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce ‘Acoustic-Electro’ Tour With Liz Phair

The Smashing Pumpkins
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Last year, Billy Corgan called the Smashing Pumpkins' future “murky.” These days, however, it’s looking quite bright – including a tour and a new album.

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Cover Stories: Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’

Virgin
Virgin

Like musical notes, the individual elements on the cover of Smashing Pumpkins' 1995 opus are relatively meaningless on their own – but together, they tell a beautiful story.

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Let’s Dance: 27 David Bowie Covers to Pay Tribute to a Fallen Starman

Alex Livesey, Getty Images
Alex Livesey, Getty Images

Although the world might have lost David Bowie, cover songs from the likes of Nirvana, Beck, the White Stripes and Foo Fighters prove his legacy will live forever.

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Listen to Billy Corgan’s New Impact Wrestling Theme Song ‘Roustabout’

Billy Corgan
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Corgan has gone a step beyond his duties as Senior Producer of Creative for TNA Wrestling and penned the new theme song for its show 'Impact Wrestling.'

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Billy Corgan Is a Proud New Dad

Billy Corgan
BT PR

Billy Corgan and his partner Chloe Mendel welcomed a baby boy into the world on Nov. 16.

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Deerhunter Rework Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Today,’ Ask Billy Corgan to Not Sue Them

Ian Gavan / Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ian Gavan / Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images

“Please don’t sue me,” Bradford Cox sang. “I love my dog... And I don’t think you’re the kind of person who’d starve somebody’s dog just to prove a point.”

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Billy Corgan Says That Deerhunter Water Bottle Story Is a ‘Complete Fabrication’

Ian Gavan / Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images
Ian Gavan / Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images

Following Bradford Cox's account of an unpleasant experience touring with Billy Corgan, a Smashing Pumpkins rep has called the story a "complete fabrication."

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