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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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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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The Smashing Pumpkins Debut New Song, ‘Tiberius’

The Smashing Pumpkins have premiered another single from their forthcoming album, ‘Monuments to an Elegy.’

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Peter Hook and the Light Perform ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ With Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan joined Peter Hook onstage recently to cover a Joy Division classic.

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Billy Corgan Leaves Resistance Pro Wrestling, the Organization He Founded

Over the weekend, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan announced his departure from Resistance Pro Wrestling via his official Twitter account.

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Lollapalooza Announces Berlin Festival + South American Dates and Lineups

Lollapalooza has announced details for its South American locations and the first-ever European event.

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U2, Smashing Pumpkins + More to Play KROQ’s ‘Almost Acoustic Christmas’

It'll be interesting to see who ends up with the big dressing room.

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Throwback Thursday: Smashing Pumpkins In Their Prime On MTV In ’93

Opinions vary when it comes to the Smashing Pumpkins' later works, but few rock fans can argue with the awesomeness of 'Siamese Dream.'

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ New Old-School Song, ‘One and All’

With their tenth album on the horizon, Smashing Pumpkins have released another song from the upcoming 'Monuments to an Elegy' and it's super-impressive.

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