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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.

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Summer Tour With Marilyn Manson

Smashing Pumpkins
Victor Moriyama, Getty Images

It's the best of times, it's the worst of times ... and if Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson have any say in it, it might be the end of times, too.

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Watch the Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Drum + Fife’ Video

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BT PR

Regardless of how "murky" their future is, nothing will stop the Smashing Pumpkins from releasing new music videos.

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Smashing Pumpkins Will Be Back (Despite What Billy Corgan Says)

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Scarlet Page

Billy Corgan says the future of Smashing Pumpkins is "murky," but we should all know better.

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Throwback Thursday: Remember When Smashing Pumpkins Were Goth?

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YouTube

Since Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently called the future of the band "murky," we started feeling all misty-eyed and nostalgic.

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Billy Corgan Says the Future of the Smashing Pumpkins Is ‘Murky’

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan says the band's future is “kinda murky.”

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Worst to First: Every Smashing Pumpkins Album Ranked

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Paul Bergen, Getty Images/Redferns

Billy Corgan and Smashing Pumpkins never saw a spotlight they didn't want to step into. In this list, we shine one directly onto each of their albums.

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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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