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The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, created in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, lead guitar) and James Iha (rhythm guitar), the band has included Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar), Melissa Auf der Maur (bass guitar), and currently includes Nicole Fiorentino (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Jeff Schroeder (rhythm guitar) among its membership.

Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land".

The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their 1995 follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins was one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a 2000 break-up.

In 2006, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin reconvened to record a new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist. The band toured with a rotating lineup of between five and nine musicians through much of 2007 and 2008 with new member Jeff Schroeder before Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. New drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino solidified a new lineup with Corgan and Schroeder, toured through much of 2010 and 2011, and are currently recording the album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, having released the album-within-an-album Oceania in 2012. On March 25, 2014, Corgan announced the next two albums, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night, will be released in 2015.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Gish Smashing Pumpkins 4 24
1993 Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins 4.2 17
1995 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins 4.15 9
1998 Adore The Smashing Pumpkins 3.55 6
2000 MACHINA/the machines of God The Smashing Pumpkins 3.55 5
2000 Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music The Smashing Pumpkins 3 3
2007 Zeitgeist Smashing Pumpkins 3.25 8
2012 Oceania The Smashing Pumpkins 2.5 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Pisces Iscariot Compilation The Smashing Pumpkins 3.8 6
1996 The Aeroplane Flies High Compilation The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2001 Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples Compilation The Smashing Pumpkins 4 7
2001 1991-2000: Greatest Hits Video Collection Compilation The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2005 Rarities and B-Sides Compilation The Smashing Pumpkins 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Earphoria Live The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2000 Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88 Live The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 If All Goes Wrong Live The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2008 2008-11-19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL Live The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2009 2008-12-07: Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL, USA Live The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2013 Oceania: Live In NYC Live The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008-11-08: Borgata Resort Spa and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ, USA Live The Smashing Pumpkins 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 I Am One The Smashing Pumpkins 5
1990 Tristessa The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1991 Siva / Window Paine The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1992 Daughter Smashing Pumpkins 1
1993 Cherub Rock The Smashing Pumpkins 3
1993 Today The Smashing Pumpkins 3
1994 Disarm The Smashing Pumpkins 5
1994 Rocket The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1995 Bullet With Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins 6
1996 1979 The Smashing Pumpkins 6
1996 Tonight, Tonight The Smashing Pumpkins 9
1996 Zero The Smashing Pumpkins 3 4
1996 Thirty-Three The Smashing Pumpkins 5
1997 The End Is the Beginning Is the End The Smashing Pumpkins 4
1998 Ava Adore The Smashing Pumpkins 7
1998 Perfect The Smashing Pumpkins 8
2000 Stand Inside Your Love The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2000 Try, Try, Try The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2001 Untitled The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2007 Doomsday Clock The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2007 Tarantula The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2007 That's the Way (My Love Is) The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2008 G.L.O.W. The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2011 Smashing Pumpkins Record Club Series Smashing Pumpkins 5
2011 Have Faithe, Be Merrie Smashing Pumpkins 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 1979 Mixes Remix The Smashing Pumpkins 4
1997 The End Is the Beginning Is the End: The Remixes Remix The Smashing Pumpkins 4

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 The Smashing Pumpkins The Smashing Pumpkins 1
1989 Moon (demo) The Smashing Pumpkins 2
1991 Lull The Smashing Pumpkins 3 4

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