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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.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Billy Corgan Says ‘Monuments to an Elegy’ Didn’t Receive the Reviews It Deserved

In a recent interview, Billy Corgan says all the reviews of the Smashing Pumpkins' latest record were "pre-written."

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Billy Corgan Has Plenty of Worldly Opinions On Alex Jones’ Radio Show

Yes, the Smashing Pumpkins' shiny headed head honcho Billy Corgan is still making headlines with his interviews.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Smashing Pumpkins, ‘Monuments to an Elegy’ — Album Review

Billy Corgan apparently doesn’t like to make it easy to appreciate new Smashing Pumpkins music.

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Billy Corgan Slams Pearl Jam On ‘The Howard Stern Show’

Known for not mincing his words, Billy Corgan was in true form this morning (Dec. 9) during an interview on ‘The Howard Stern Show.’

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Smashing Pumpkins Take Over Led Zeppelin-Themed Tea Shop In NYC

The Smashing Pumpkins have a new album coming out tomorrow, but if you're in New York today, you can pick it up a day early.

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Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Billy Corgan Is Mad at Anderson Cooper, Says He Was Treated Like a Pinata

Billy Corgan is not a fan of CNN.

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Listen to the Smashing Pumpkins’ New Album, ‘Monuments to an Elegy’

Ready to hear the Smashing Pumpkins' new album in its entirety?

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Watch Smashing Pumpkins’ First Performance With New Lineup

These aren't your father's Smashing Pumpkins.

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Smashing Pumpkins Announce Album Release Shows

With their next album, ‘Monuments to an Elegy,’ due out on Dec. 9, the Smashing Pumpkins have announced a handful of shows to celebrate its release.

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You Think You Know the Smashing Pumpkins?

The Smashing Pumpkins have quite the history, don't they?

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