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 to Continue After Billy Corgan’s Doubts Cleared
Frontman had been determined to “be the band we never were, one time.”
Listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ New Song ‘Knights of Malta’
Partial reunion lineup release opening track from 'Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1.'
Smashing Pumpkins to ‘Start Unloading the Archives’
Band says it has hundreds of unheard songs to release.
Smashing Pumpkins Announce New LP, ‘Shiny and Oh So Bright'
Billy Corgan and band also release new song, “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts).”
Smashing Pumpkins and Smash Mouth Clash Over ‘Shrek’
New rock band feud alert!
Smashing Pumpkins Kick Off 2018 U.S. Tour: Videos, Set List
Billy Corgan leads partial reunion of classic lineup through 31-track first show on Shiny and Oh So Bright road trip.
Listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ Comeback Single ‘Solara’
It's the first track in 18 years to feature Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin.
Billy Corgan Says He Became a 'Jerk With a Bad Message’
Billy Corgan has taken responsibility for the demise of the Smashing Pumpkins in 2000.
Billy Corgan Tells Fans to Reject ‘Stench of the Crowd’
Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan warned fans against coming under the influence of “the psychopathic leanings on the mob."