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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.

The Top 100 Alternative Albums of the ’90s

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Kevin Winter/Frank Micelotta/Lucy Nicholson, Getty Images

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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Billy Corgan Says Music Industry Is Run By ‘Feckless Idiots’

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Screengrab via CNBC

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman took to CNBC to talk about the music industry's relationship to capitalism and its technological inadequacy.

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Billy Corgan Says Upcoming Smashing Pumpkins Tour Is Dedicated to U.S. Veterans

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Billy Corgan is dedicating the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins tour to U.S. war veterans.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce First Acoustic Tour

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Smashing Pumpkins will play eight "acoustic-electro" shows on the In Plainsong tour this summer.

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Watch Smashing Pumpkins Perform ‘Drum + Fife’ on ‘Fallon’

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NBC

Regardless of Smashing Pumpkins' future, Billy Corgan and company are steadfast and focused on making sure the band stays on everyone's radar in 2015.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Summer Tour With Marilyn Manson

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It's the best of times, it's the worst of times ... and if Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson have any say in it, it might be the end of times, too.

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Watch the Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Drum + Fife’ Video

Billy Corgan
BT PR

Regardless of how "murky" their future is, nothing will stop the Smashing Pumpkins from releasing new music videos.

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Smashing Pumpkins Will Be Back (Despite What Billy Corgan Says)

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Billy Corgan says the future of Smashing Pumpkins is "murky," but we should all know better.

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Throwback Thursday: Remember When Smashing Pumpkins Were Goth?

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YouTube

Since Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently called the future of the band "murky," we started feeling all misty-eyed and nostalgic.

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Billy Corgan Says the Future of the Smashing Pumpkins Is ‘Murky’

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan says the band's future is “kinda murky.”

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