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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 Smashing Pumpkins — Best Band, 2015 Diffuser Music Awards

Smashing Pumpkins
2015 Diffuser Music Awards

This year's category for Best Band/Artist in the Diffuser Music Awards had some stiff competition.

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Watch the Smashing Pumpkins’ Video for ‘Being Beige’

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The Smashing Pumpkins have debuted a video for ‘Being Beige,’ the lead single from their latest album, ‘Monuments to an Elegy.’

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Billy Corgan Discusses How Fans Have Changed, His New Book + More

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

In a new interview, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman talks about how his fans have changed, what kind of music he listens to, and more.

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15 Albums You Won’t Believe Turn 20 In 2015

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Virgin

Nothing is capable of making you suddenly aware of your mortality more than the moment you realize the music of your youth is now classic rock.

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Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins’ Next Album Will Rock Harder

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Billy Corgan says he changed his mind about the direction of Smashing Pumpkins' 'Day for Night,' the planned follow-up to 'Monuments to an Elegy,' after that album's reception.

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

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

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

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

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

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

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

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

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

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

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

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

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

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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