The Smashing Pumpkins is 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 were 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, Corgan and 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 with a rotating lineup of musicians entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which encompassed the release of stand-alone singles, compilation EP releases, and two full albums that also fell under the project's scope - Oceania in 2012 and Monuments to an Elegy in 2014. As of 2016, Corgan and Schroeder remained the band's only official core members, though Corgan began working with prior members gradually as well, including Chamberlain as a touring drummer since 2015 and Iha in some guest appearances in concerts in 2016. By mid-2016, Corgan stated that they were considering reforming the band's original lineup, though no concrete plans have been revealed.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Rock am Ring: 10 Jahre Various Artists 1
1996 Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation Various Artists 1
1997 A Very Special Christmas 3 Various Artists 1
1998 For the Masses Various Artists 3
Strange Fruit: Hut Recordings/The Peel Sessions Various Artists 1
Tribute to Depeche Mode Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Light Into Dark Various Artists 1
1991 20 Explosive Dynamic Super Smash Hit Explosions! Various Artists 1
1991 Indie Top 20, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
1992 De Afrekening, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Afternoon Delight: Love Songs From Sub Pop Various Artists 1
1992 Indie Top 20, Volume 18 Various Artists 1
1992 Best of Independent Various Artists 1
1993 No Alternative Various Artists 4 2
1993 Best of Grunge Rock Various Artists 1
1993 Decadance, Volume 3: Coming Up Various Artists 1
1993 Subrock: The Best of Independent and Grunge Various Artists 1
1993 The Trip Various Artists 1
1993 The Trip 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Now That’s What I Call Music! 27 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1994 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1994 Age of Panic Various Artists 1
1994 Rock Garden Various Artists 1
1994 Signed Sealed Delivered, Volume 1 Various Artists 4 1
1994 Triple J: Eleven Various Artists 1
1995 Triple J: Hottest 100, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1995 The Best... In the World... Ever! Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Super Fantastic Mega Smash Hits! Various Artists 2
1995 Most Wanted Music 2: Rock Various Artists 1
1995 No Fronts Various Artists 1
1995 Plus de bruit Various Artists 1
1995 Rocks Off Various Artists 1
1995 The Best... Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
1995 Tijdloze honderd, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Crossing All Over! Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1996 ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1997 1997 GRAMMY Nominees Various Artists 1
1997 Les Inrockuptibles: 10 ans/100 chansons Various Artists 1
1997 Réservoir Rock, Volume III Various Artists 1
1997 The Ultimate Rock Collection: Gold and Platinum Various Artists 1
1998 First Generation: Virgin 25 Years Various Artists 1
1998 Big Shiny Tunes 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Alternative Party Various Artists 1
2001 Hut Recordings 1991 - 2001 Various Artists 1
2005 Victoria's Secret: Holiday Music Various Artists 1
2007 Greatest Hits & Remixes Paul Oakenfold 4
2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Various Artists 1
2008 De Afrekening, Volume 45 Various Artists 1
2008 Ultimate Grammy Collection - Contemporary Rock Various Artists 1
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1
AOX #4 Various Artists 1
AOX #5 Various Artists 1
Light Into Dark: A Chicago Music Compilation #1 Various Artists 1
Mobile Beat #18 Various Artists 1
TM Century: GoldDisc 276 Various Artists 1
Yaytime for Christmas, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Singles Various Artists 5 4
2006 Transformers Various Artists 4.5 2
2008 Guitar Hero: World Tour Various Artists 1

Album + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Community Service II The Crystal Method 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 KROQ Kevin & Bean: A Family Christmas in Your Ass Various Artists 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 The Rabbit in the Moon Remixes, Volume 2 Rabbit in the Moon 1
2005 Extraordinary Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Lost Highway Various Artists 3.2 5
1997 Batman & Robin: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Various Artists 2.5 5
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Various Artists 2
2007 Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Various Artists 1
2010 The Vampire Diaries: Original Television Soundtrack Various Artists 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Ultime Rock Various Artists 1

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