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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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Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Billy Corgan Plays Three-Hour, Career-Spanning Acoustic Set in Chicago

Billy Corgan gave fans in his hometown of Chicago a 'Tonight, Tonight' to remember on Saturday (Aug. 30).

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Puff Daddy Remixes the Smashing Pumpkins
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Puff Daddy Remixes the Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Ava Adore’

Diddy's 1998 remix of 'Ava Adore' has finally surfaced as part of the Pumpkins' upcoming reissue of 'Adore.'

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Kevin Winter/Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Still Doesn’t Like Billy Corgan

All is fair in grunge and war.

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Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Listen to the Smashing Pumpkins’ Original Version of ‘Let Me Give the World to You’

Back in 1998, when the Smashing Pumpkins were recording songs for their fourth album, 'Adore,' they ended up with a bunch of leftovers.

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Lost & Found: This Smashing Pumpkins Movie Is Euphoria for Your Eyes

Did you know that the Smashing Pumpkins released a movie back in 1994, a year after their seminal album 'Siamese Dream' came out?

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Billy Corgan to Let Fans Suggest Upcoming Set List, Planning to Release Early Demos

Sounds like yesterday is the greatest day Billy Corgan has ever known.

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TV’s Most Surreal Music Performances – Smashing Pumpkins on ‘Pulse Basement Jam’

Not many bands can boast that the third concert they ever played was opening for Jane's Addiction, but the Smashing Pumpkins were never like many other bands.

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Smashing Pumpkins by Kevin Winter
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Billy Corgan: New Smashing Pumpkins Album ‘Monuments to an Elegy’ Is Done

Frontman Billy Corgan has announced the completion of the Smashing Pumpkins' new album via the band's official website.

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Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Smashing Pumpkins Ready ‘Adore’ for Super-Deluxe Reissue

Even though Amazon prematurely leaked the news of its release, and pissed off Billy Corgan in the process, it looks like all systems are go for the upcoming super-deluxe reissue of the Smashing Pumpkins' 'Adore.'

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Smashing Pumpkins’ Next Album Sounds Like It’s Gonna Be Hard

How hard is the next Smashing Pumpkins album gonna be?

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