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 Reunion Would Offer Closure, Says Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan believes a reunion with the original Smashing Pumpkins lineup would be a “real celebration” and offer them the “closure we never had.”
Former Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist James Iha Guests on Frontman Billy Corgan's Solo Album
James Iha played on two songs during the sessions for Billy Corgan's solo album, 'Ogilala.'
Smashing Pumpkins' Original Lineup Could Reunite in 2018
Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin said that the original foursome is talking about performing again next year.
Billy Corgan Says 'Things Look Good' for a Reunion of the Smashing Pumpkins' Original Lineup
Billy Corgan admitted that the original lineup of Smashing Pumpkins are discussing getting back together.
Billy Corgan Admits He and D'arcy Wretzky Are Friends Again, But Denies Smashing Pumpkins Are Reuniting
Seventeen years after he fired her as the bass player for Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan has rekindled his friendship with D'arcy Wretzky.
Billy Corgan Says the Smashing Pumpkins Are 'Making Plans'
Could a reunion of the original lineup of the Smashing Pumpkins be in the works?
The Story of When Smashing Pumpkins' Jonathan Melvoin Died
Smashing Pumpkins' drummer Jimmy Chamberlin overdosed on heroin and touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died in a Manhattan hotel room on July 12, 1996.
Smashing Pumpkins' James Iha Is Writing the Score for James Franco's Lifetime Movie
The original was about a mom who grew increasingly suspicious of her daughter's boyfriend. Franco's version is a lesbian vampire drama.
Watch Billy Corgan's Acoustic Cover of the Velvet Underground’s 'Who Loves the Sun'
Although Smashing Pumpkins just finished their 'acoustic-electro' tour, Billy Corgan grabbed his acoustic guitar for another intimate gig at his own tea shop.