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The Smashing Pumpkins

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Chicago, United States (1988 – 2000, 2007 – present)

The Smashing Pumpkins are an band, formed in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1988. Billy Corgan and James Iha met in a record store, and began performing in local nightclubs with their bassist, D’Arcy Wretzky, using a drum machine. Playing with a drum machine frustrated both the band and their audience, and so Chicago jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was hired soon afterwards.

Less influenced by than many of their contemporaries, the Pumpkins had a densely layered, guitar-heavy sound, with powerful loud-to-soft-to-loud transitions, while still picking up , , , , -style production.

In later recordings, namely Adore, the fourth album, an flair filtered in after Jimmy Chamberlin temporarily left the band for drug rehab. Though Jimmy Chamberlin returned for their fifth album, Machina/The Machines of God, electronica undertones remained. The emotional tone of bandleader Billy Corgan’s songs ranged from angry (X.Y.U.) to dour (Disarm) to jubilant (Cherub Rock).

Selling more than 18.3 million albums in the United States alone (as of 2006), The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, diminishing sales, drug problems, cultural vitality, and what is speculated to be improper treatment from their record company, hampered the band in their later years, leading to the 2000 break-up.

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  • MCMLXIV

    I've jerked off to billy a few times [2]

    Yesterday 5:30pm Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    does anyone here watch big brother? They made a Smashing Pumpkins reference there

    25 Jul 5:19pm Reply
  • etmarshall

    'Is the reissue project still on? Is there a reissue of Machina: The Machines of God coming? Yes. The problem is, and I can’t talk about the specifics, but we’re in a dispute with what is now the parent company, which is Universal. Everything has been put on hold. If I told you the truth of it, you’d laugh your ass off, because it’s a classic record company story. I feel bad, because people on Twitter keep asking about it, and people seem to have come around on that record in the last five years. It sounds contemporary again for whatever reason. I do want to put it out, and it takes a lot of time and effort to go through all the tapes. I’ve invested a good 300 hours in preparing the project, and now it’s totally on hold. It is what it is. I’m not mad at anybody. I don’t have time to be mad.' http://www.ew.com/article/2015/07/23/smashing-pumpkins-billy-corgan-tour-interview

    24 Jul 5:38pm Reply
  • IntoTheOrchard

    Damn this thread is a gold mine of insight for anyone interested - http://thepumpkins.net/forum/1-the-smashing-pumpkins-billy-corgan/96292-billy-corgan-s-confessions?limitstart=0

    21 Jul 6:43am Reply
  • deadkool

    despite all my rage i stILL HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO SEE THEM LIVE

    20 Jul 7:05pm Reply
  • chronogger

    By Starlight ღ

    19 Jul 10:36pm Reply
  • SnowandWhisky

    Oceania surprised me. It's a pretty solid album.

    18 Jul 1:10pm Reply
  • Skiddzie

    I've jerked off to billy a few times

    17 Jul 11:12pm Reply
  • barium62

    Fucking incredible show last night at Red Rocks. Mayonaise, United States, 1979, Stand Inside Your Love, Tonight, Tonight, Everlasting Gaze, Ruby, Landslide, honestly I don't think I could have asked for a better setlist. Still one of my favorite live bands for sure

    14 Jul 11:59pm Reply
  • EDRORR

    I miss Darcy, lets hope she can recover from her disease. There is nothing glamorous about being addicted. The 90s and its stupid mentality fucked a lot of us......

    12 Jul 12:12am Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    Any news on when exactly ''Machina'' is going to be re-released? [2]

    10 Jul 3:18am Reply
  • alessandraolsen

    homies

    4 Jul 4:21pm Reply
  • MarkoB87

    Any news on when exactly ''Machina'' is going to be re-released?

    3 Jul 12:32pm Reply
  • nevershoutn

    jimmy is the best drummer in the world, i'm glad he's back

    28 Jun 6:31am Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Thank God!

    25 Jun 11:53pm Reply
  • Rud-Johns

    Jimmy <3

    24 Jun 9:42pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Billy just announced at tonight's show that Jimmy Chamberlin is back in fold :D

    24 Jun 5:31am Reply
  • legacystarship

    "I can't help but feel they haven't written a good album in 20 years" Because "they" is actually just "he"...

    23 Jun 6:29am Reply
  • legacystarship

    I cant like anything after Machina II... ughhhhhhhhhhh

    23 Jun 6:26am Reply
  • FactoryConnor

    So many moods this band can aid, all I need to do is listen to them when I feel sad or happy, this is one of my favorite bands of all time.

    20 Jun 8:41pm Reply
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