The Smashing Pumpkins (or Smashing Pumpkins) are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass), James Iha (guitar), and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), the band has undergone many line-up changes. The current lineup features Corgan, Chamberlin, Iha and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.
The Smashing Pumpkins started demoing in February 1997 and recorded 30 songs for the album which, at one point, looked set to be a double album. The band subsequently cut the number of tracks on the album to 1. .After playing several festival dates in summer 1997, the band began working at a variety of Chicago studios with producer Brad Wood-with whom Corgan previously had worked in the early 1990s. While Mellon Collie had mostly been recorded with the full participation of all of the band members, the band dynamics during the new sessions soon muddled as Corgan, uninspired
Excited to announce The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will be touring North America this summer with special guests AFI. Tickets on sale this Friday, March 8th, at 10AM local. LA's on sale date TBA. The Smashing Pumpkins.
No Sun. Smashing Pumpkins, photo by Linda Strawberry. Smashing Pumpkins have announced a new album. Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1, LP: No Past. The track follows Solara, which is also set to appear on the new album. Previously, Billy Corgan promised two new EPs. Smashing Pumpkins’ last studio album, Monuments to an Elegy, arrived in 2014. Read 5 Times Billy Corgan Said Reunions Were Bullshit on the Pitch.
Smashing Pumpkins - with a core lineup of Corgan, second guitarist James Iha, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin - hailed from Chicago and blew up with their second album, 1993’s Siamese Dream, a colossus of snarling guitar-god ambition and bleating sad-goth vulnerability. God bless the crunchy neon-melodrama anthem Today, and its iconic let’s paint an ice-cream truck video. Very few ’90s rock records - Nirvana’s Nevermind, in fact, might be the only one - were bigger, or better, or more melodramatically beloved. The Pumpkins followed it up in 1995 with the double-disc.
The Smashing Pumpkins. Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Led by Billy Corgan, this Chicago band blended roaring rock with dark, insular alternative-pop.
The Smashing Pumpkins released their debut album on May 28, 1991 under the indie label, Caroline Records, about three months before Nirvana released their iconic album, Nevermind. Although Gish only peaked at 195 on the Billboard 200, it became a cult classic that impacted the music industry in a huge way and paved a path for the alternative rock scene in the 1990s. The album is about pain and spiritual ascension. People ask if it’s a political album. It’s not a political album, it’s a personal album. In a weird kind of way, Gish is almost like an instrumental album-it just happens to have singing on it, but the music overpowers the band in a lot of places. I was trying to say a lot of things I couldn’t really say in kind of intangible, unspeakable ways, so I was capable of doing that with the music, but I don’t think I was capable of doing it with words.
The Lowdown: It’s been a real Lynchian experience for The Smashing Pumpkins in the years following 2000’s Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, the last studio album to feature Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin. There were solo albums. The Bad: Unlike the Pumpkins’ last few releases, particularly Zeitgeist, the bad here really isn’t all that bad. In other words, it never gets ugly, and while it’d be unfair to say Corgan didn’t try in the past, you can tell he’s really giving it his all on this album - and that matters. Even so, there are some meandering lows on this album, mostly when this band tries to act like they still have another Zero in them.