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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.

20 Years Ago: Jonathan Melvoin Dies, Jimmy Chamberlin Overdoses on Smashing Pumpkins Tour

Jonathan Melvoin Smashing Pumpkins
Vimeo

Smashing Pumpkins' drummer Jimmy Chamberlin overdosed on heroin and touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died in a Manhattan hotel room on July 12, 1996.

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25 Years Ago: Smashing Pumpkins Debut With ‘Gish’

Caroline
Caroline

Smashing Pumpkins didn't rocket to stardom with their 1991 debut, but 'Gish' set an elaborate (and psychedelic) stage for Corgan and Co. to explore.

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Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha Is Writing the Score for James Franco’s Lifetime Movie

Aliya Naumoff
Aliya Naumoff

The original was about a mom who grew increasingly suspicious of her daughter's boyfriend. Franco's version is a lesbian vampire drama.

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Watch Billy Corgan’s Acoustic Cover of the Velvet Underground’s ‘Who Loves the Sun’

Martha's Music/BMG
Martha's Music/BMG

Although Smashing Pumpkins just finished their 'acoustic-electro' tour, Billy Corgan grabbed his acoustic guitar for another intimate gig at his own tea shop.

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Courtney Love Dumped Billy Corgan Partly Because He Wouldn’t Pay for Her Plane Ticket

Jon Kopaloff, Getty Images
Jon Kopaloff, Getty Images

Before she started dating Kurt Cobain, Love was romantically entangled with the Smashing Pumpkins frontman.

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Former Bassist D’arcy Wretzky Says She’d ‘Consider’ Smashing Pumpkins Again

Paul Bergen, Getty Images
Paul Bergen, Getty Images

The original bassist for Smashing Pumpkins said she hasn't spoken to Billy Corgan since he fired her in 1999, but she's open to rejoining the band.

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Watch Billy Corgan Play an Acoustic Cover of Prince’s ‘The Cross’

Martha's Music/BMG
Martha's Music/BMG

Corgan and touring bandmate Sierra Swan delivered a straightforward take on the song last week backstage on Smashing Pumpkins' acoustic-electro tour, In Plainsong.

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Watch Billy Corgan Debut New Smashing Pumpkins Song During Intimate, Acoustic Set

Billy Corgan
YouTube

Corgan debuted the winsome, forlorn and so far untitled song at a recent VIP event and Q&A with fans.

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Today Is the Greatest: Smashing Pumpkins Perform With James Iha for the First Time in 16 Years

Twitter/@smashingpumpkin
Twitter/@smashingpumpkin

For his 48th birthday, the former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist helped Billy Corgan play a selection of songs from their 1993 breakthrough, 'Siamese Dream.'

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Watch Smashing Pumpkins Cover Hole’s ‘Malibu’ + David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’

Smashing Pumpkins
Victor Moriyama, Getty Images

The Pumpkins kicked off their In Plainsong tour with a career-spanning set that also included a Rolling Stones cover and a portion dedicated to 'Siamese Dream.'

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