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.
Courtney Love Dumped Billy Corgan Because He Wouldn't Pay for Her Plane Ticket
Before she started dating Kurt Cobain, Love was romantically entangled with the Smashing Pumpkins frontman.
D'arcy Wretzky Says She'd 'Consider' Smashing Pumpkins Again
The original bassist for Smashing Pumpkins said she hasn't spoken to Billy Corgan since he fired her in 1999, but she's open to rejoining the band.
Watch Billy Corgan Play an Acoustic Cover of Prince's 'The Cross'
Corgan and touring bandmate Sierra Swan delivered a straightforward take on the song last week backstage on Smashing Pumpkins' acoustic-electro tour, In Plainsong.
Watch Billy Corgan Debut New Smashing Pumpkins Song During Intimate, Acoustic Set
Corgan debuted the winsome, forlorn and so far untitled song at a recent VIP event and Q&A with fans.
Smashing Pumpkins Perform With James Iha for the First Time in 16 Years
For his 48th birthday, the former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist helped Billy Corgan play a selection of songs from their 1993 breakthrough, 'Siamese Dream.'
Watch Smashing Pumpkins Cover Hole’s ‘Malibu’ + David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’
The Pumpkins kicked off their In Plainsong tour with a career-spanning set that also included a Rolling Stones cover and a portion dedicated to 'Siamese Dream.'
Billy Corgan on Quitting Twitter: Social Media Creates 'Empowerment of the Mob'
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman says Twitter has 'ultimately been anti-celebrity' and 'celebrates you for being over the edge.'
Should Smashing Pumpkins Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Billy Corgan Sure Thinks So
Corgan said, "I think my band belongs in there because we were one of the prime bands of our era and we continue to be a top band.
Smashing Pumpkins Won't Be Playing any Album Anniversary Shows
“I’m not gonna go out there and hack around just to reclaim some light that I don’t feel has gone out,” Corgan said.
Previously Unheard Billy Corgan + James Iha Collaboration ‘One and Two’ Surfaces
A pair of previously unheard 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'-era Smashing Pumpkins recordings have emerged online.