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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.

Throwback Thursday: Billy Corgan Covers the Bee Gees on ‘The Tonight Show’

Billy Corgan
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When Billy Corgan released his first and only solo album, no one seemed to pay much attention.

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22 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Release One of the Best Albums of the ’90s, ‘Siamese Dream’

Smashing Pumpkin
Virgin

If you ever find yourself searching for an example of how friction and emotional turmoil can lead to musical brilliance, look no further than 'Siamese Dream.'

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Billy Corgan Received a Songwriting Credit on Miguel’s Latest Album, ‘Wildheart’

Miguel / Billy Corgan
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Billy Corgan received a co-writing credit on Miguel's 'Wildheart' track, "Leaves," for its similarities to the Samshing Pumpkins’ hit, “1979.”

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8 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Release Their ‘Comeback’ Album, ‘Zeitgeist’

Smashing Pumpkins at the Virgin Festival 2007
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If you can move past the baggage that comes from a comeback album without half the original members, Smashing Pumpkins' 'Zeitgeist' holds up surprisingly well.

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Original Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin Will Join Band for Summer Tour

Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin
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Chamberlin will be with the band during the Pumpkins' July and August dates with Marilyn Manson.

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Billy Corgan Predicts ‘Bloody Turf War’ in the Music Industry

Billy Corgan Talks About the Music Industry
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Corgan says artists' demands will only be taken seriously once they realize their plight and band together for better compensation.

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Watch Smashing Pumpkins Play Every Song From ‘Gish’ in Three Minutes

Smashing Pumpkins
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During a recent stop on the band's acoustic 'In Plainsong' tour, Billy Corgan ripped through the entirety of the band's 1991 debut, 'Gish', in three minutes.

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Billy Corgan Revamps Smashing Pumpkins Lineup Again

The Smashing Pumpkins
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Billy Corgan has been sending some mixed messages as of late, which, you know, isn’t totally out of the ordinary for the Smashing Pumpkins leader.

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Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins Aren’t Going Anywhere

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The outspoken Smashing Pumpkins frontman clears up a few persistent rumors that he may or may not have started.

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The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the ’90s

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If it weren't for the '90s, we might all be wearing Genesis T-shirts right now. Here are the 100 albums that changed everything.

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