The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar) and James Iha (guitar), the band included D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) in its original incarnation. It has undergone many line-up changes over the course of its existence, with the current lineup including Corgan, rhythm guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Chamberlin.

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. After touring throughout 2007 and 2008 with a lineup including new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Chamberlin left the band in early 2009. Later that year, Corgan began a new recording series entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope featuring a rotating lineup of musicians, that has resulted in the albums Oceania (2012), Monuments to an Elegy (2014), and a forthcoming album. As of 2015, Corgan and Schroeder are the sole permanent band members.

  1. ^ Although frequently referred to as simply "Smashing Pumpkins", and credited as such on the covers of Gish, Siamese Dream, and Zeitgeist (and related singles), the band's name has more often been presented as "The Smashing Pumpkins", dating back to their first demo tape, and exclusively so between Mellon Collie (1995) and Earphoria (2002).
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  4. ^ William Shaw (December 1993). "Appetite for Destruction". Details. 
  5. ^ "Searchable Database". Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ There are differing reports on the Pumpkins's worldwide sales at the time of their breakup: Jim DeRogatis, in December 2000, reported a total of "twenty-two million copies sold". David Fricke, that same month, wrote of the band's "more than twenty-five million records sold worldwide". See Jim DeRogatis (2003). Milk It!: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the 90's. Da Capo. p. 89. ; David Fricke (December 22, 2000). "Smashing Pumpkins Look Back in Wonder". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ Brett Buchanan. "Smashing Pumpkins Reveal Release Date For New Album, Update On Nicole Fiorentino's Status –". Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Gish Smashing Pumpkins 4 23
1993 Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins 4.2 19
1995 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins 4.15 11
1998 Adore The Smashing Pumpkins 3.55 9
2000 MACHINA/the machines of God The Smashing Pumpkins 3.55 6
2000 Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music The Smashing Pumpkins 3 4
2007 Zeitgeist Smashing Pumpkins 3 9
2012 Oceania The Smashing Pumpkins 2.5 6
2014 Monuments to an Elegy The Smashing Pumpkins 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Pisces Iscariot The Smashing Pumpkins 3.8 8
1996 The Aeroplane Flies High The Smashing Pumpkins 4 4
2001 Greatest Hits: Rotten Apples The Smashing Pumpkins 4 7
2001 1991-2000: Greatest Hits Video Collection The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2005 Rarities and B-Sides The Smashing Pumpkins 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Earphoria The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2002 Vieuphoria The Smashing Pumpkins 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Live at Cabaret Metro 10-5-88 The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 If All Goes Wrong Smashing Pumpkins 2
2008 2008-11-18: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 2008-11-19: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2008 10/31/08 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH The Smashing Pumpkins 1
2009 2008-12-07: Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 3
2013 Oceania: Live In NYC The Smashing Pumpkins 2
2008-11-08: Borgata Resort Spa and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ, USA The Smashing Pumpkins 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
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 6
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 9
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
2012 The Celestials The Smashing Pumpkins 1

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