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The Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1995) left to right: James Iha, D'Arcy, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin.
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The Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1995) left to right: James Iha, D'Arcy, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin.

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Less punk influenced than many of their contemporaries, their distinctive sound featured a dense, guitar-heavy sound and combined elements of heavy metal, psychedelia, power pop, acoustic music, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. They produced a series of critically and commercially successful records between their formation in 1988 and dissolution in 2000. Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Heavy metal is a form of music characterised by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... Psychedelia is a term describing a category of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. ... Power pop is a long-standing musical genre that draws its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop music. ... An acoustic guitar is a modern form of guitar descended from the Classical guitar, but generally strung with steel strings for a brighter, louder sound. ... Shoegazing is a style of music that emerged in Britain in the late 1980s. ... Electronica is a rather ambiguous term that covers a wide range of electronic or electronic-influenced music. ... See also: 1987 in music, other events of 1988, 1989 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music Events Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ...

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Early years: Foundation and Gish

At the age of 19, singer and guitarist Billy Corgan left his native Chicago, Illinois, moving to St. Petersburg, Florida with his Goth band The Marked, so called because of the birth mark on his hand. The band had limited success and quickly dissolved. Corgan returned to Chicago, taking a job in a record store. There, he met guitarist James Iha. They began writing songs with the aid of a drum machine. In 1988, Corgan met bassist D'Arcy Wretzky at another band's gig in Chicago; Wretzky would join the band shortly after. Wretsky and Iha would eventually have a personal relationship. They played their first gig as a duo at a Polish bar. Jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was brought in to the band after Cabaret Metro owner Joe Shanahan agreed to book the Pumpkins, provided they threw out the drum machine and recruited a human drummer instead. Billy Corgan William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... Saint Petersburg (or St. ... State nickname: Sunshine State, Everglade State Other U.S. States Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Governor Jeb Bush Official languages English Area 170,451 km² (22nd)  - Land 137,374 km²  - Water 30,486 km² (17. ... Goth is a modern subculture that first became popular during the early 1980s within the gothic rock scene, a sub-genre of post punk. ... The Marked was a gothic band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1985. ... James Yoshinobu Iha (born March 26, 1968) is a Japanese American rock musician, most famous for founding the alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins in 1988 with Billy Corgan, DArcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin, while attending Loyola University Chicago. ... A Boss DR-202 Drum Machine A drum machine is a device designed to imitate drums and/or other percussion instruments. ... Darcy (born Darcy Wretzky on May 1, 1968) is a bassist and was an original member of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Jimmy Chamberlain James Joseph Jimmy Chamberlin (born June 10, 1964, Joliet, Illinois) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. ...


In 1989, the group has recorded a couple demo albums and EPs, which appeared on their 1995 unofficial release Early 1989 Demos. They released their first record, a limited edition single called "I Am One" in 1990 on local Chicago label Limited Potential. The single sold out and they released another single, "Tristessa" on Sub Pop Records, after which they signed to Virgin Records. To give them indie credibility, Virgin matched the band with Sonic Youth producer Butch Vig and released their 1991 debut album Gish on Virgin subsidiary label Caroline Records. Although the album is often associated with silent film actress Lillian Gish, Billy Corgan has alleged that the record was not named for her. The music fused heavy metal guitars, psychedelia and Dream pop. The album become a minor success. During the Gish tour, Iha and Wretsky went through a messy breakup, Chamberlin became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and Corgan entered a deep depression, writing some songs for the upcoming album in the parking garage where he lived at the time. See also: 1988 in music, other events of 1989, 1990 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music Events January 7 - Genesis88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul McCartney releases Back in the... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Early 1989 Demos refers to a series of cassette only demo by The Smashing Pumpkins which they sold at early shows in Chicago. ... I Am One is the first single by The Smashing Pumpkins (known at the time as simply Smashing Pumpkins). ... See also: 1989 in music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several... Sub Pop is a record label in Seattle, Washington famous for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, and other grunge bands. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Sonic Youth Sonic Youth are an experimental rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ... Bryan Butch Vig (born December 8, 1957) is a rock musician and record producer. ... See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... This article is about The Smashing Pumpkins album. ... Caroline Records was a subsidiary of Richard Bransons Virgin Records label during the early to mid 1970s. ... Lillian Gish Lillian de Guiche (October 14, 1893 - February 27, 1993), was an American actress. ... Heavy metal is a form of rock music characterized by aggressive, driving rhythms and highly amplified distorted guitars, generally with grandiose lyrics and virtuosic instrumentation. ... Psychedelia is a term describing a category of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. ... Dream pop is a type of alternative rock that originated in the early 1980s when bands like the Cocteau Twins began twisting New Wave melodies into sonic, echoing textures and mumbled vocals. ...


Siamese Dream : Mainstream success

Siamese Dream, the band's 1993 release.
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Siamese Dream, the band's 1993 release.

To counteract his depression, Corgan worked overtime, saying he practically lived in the studio for the 1993 follow up album, Siamese Dream. Contemporary music press portrayed Corgan as something of a tyrant during the recording sessions, with rumors circulating that he had recorded all the guitar and bass parts himself, claims which band members say were greatly exaggerated. It was never confirmed exactly how much each member did on the album, although Billy did say he performed a majority of the guitar work, but only because he wrote the songs. The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream cover Copyright 1993 Virgin Records. ... The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream cover Copyright 1993 Virgin Records. ... Siamese Dream was the second - and breakthrough album - by The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... See also: 1992 in music, other events of 1993, 1994 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 8 - The U.S. Postal service issues an Elvis Presley stamp. ... Siamese Dream was the second - and breakthrough album - by The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993. ...


A bad case of writer's block came upon Corgan before recording and he feared he may not be able to finish an entire album's worth of songs. His writer's block is the subject of the song "Hummer".


The album was recorded at Triclops Sound Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, mostly between December 1992 and March 1993, with Butch Vig reprising his role as producer; the band lived in Marietta during the Siamese Dream recording sessions. The decision to record so far away from their hometown was motivated partially to keep away from local friends and distractions during the recording, but largely as a desperate attempt to cut Chamberlin off from his known drug connections. In this respect, the strategy failed miserably, as Chamberlin quickly managed to find new connections and often was absent without any contact for days at a time; he was once randomly discovered as far away as Athens, Georgia. City nickname(s): The A-T-L, The Horizon City, The Capital of the South, The Phoenix City, The City Too Busy to Hate, Hotlanta, A-Town, The Big A, The New York of the South, The Big Peach County Fulton County, Georgia Area  - Total  - Water 343. ... Marietta is the name of several places in the United States of America: Marietta, Florida Marietta, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta) Marietta, Illinois Marietta, Minnesota Marietta, Mississippi Marietta, New York Marietta, North Carolina Marietta, Ohio Marietta, Oklahoma Marietta, Pennsylvania Marietta, South Carolina Marietta, Texas Marietta, Wisconsin Marietta-Alderwood, Washington Also... Downtown Athens, as seen through the University of Georgia arch Athens or Athens-Clarke County is a city located in Clarke County,Georgia, U.S., in the northeastern part of the state, just off of Georgia 316. ...


Corgan went on record saying if the record didn't sell well, the band would break up. Siamese Dream sold four million copies in the US, and the videos for the songs "Today" and "Disarm" garnered the Pumpkins international attention through heavy rotation on MTV. US,Us or us may stand for the United States of America us, the oblique case form of the English language pronoun we. ... Today is a popular song by The Smashing Pumpkins (then known as simply Smashing Pumpkins). ... Disarm is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins (then known simply as Smashing Pumpkins). ... MTV (abbreviation for Music Television) is a cable television network which was originally devoted to music videos, especially popular rock music. ...


In 1994, Virgin released a B-sides/rarities compilation Pisces Iscariot and a concert video Vieuphoria. A CD version of Vieuphoria, entitled Earphoria was released to radio stations only. In 2002, Vieuphoria (on DVD) and Earphoria were released to the public. See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... Pisces Iscariot is a compilation album of b-sides, demos, and outtakes released in 1994 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... See also: 2001 in music, 2002 in music (UK), other events of 2002, 2003 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ...


Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Following relentless touring to support the recordings, the band took time off to write the follow up album. Corgan worked non-stop over the next year and wrote, according to statements in interviews, about 50 songs for the next album. Following this spell of concentrated creativity, the Pumpkins went back into the studio with producer Flood to work on what Corgan described as "The Wall of the '90s," a comparison with Pink Floyd's famous double concept album. Source: http://images. ... Source: http://images. ... Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... Size of CD compared to pencil. ... Flood is the name credited to Mark Ellis, a British audio engineer and record producer who has worked with many new wave, industrial music, and alternative music artists, beginning with New Order in 1981. ... The Wall is a rock opera and concept album by Pink Floyd. ... Pink Floyd c. ... Usually, in popular music, an album of an artist or group simply consists of a number of unconnected songs that the members of the group or the artist have written or have chosen to cover. ...


The result was Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a double-disc (triple on vinyl) album release featuring 28 songs and lasting over 2 hours. While the idea of an overriding concept was dropped somewhere along the way, Mellon Collie became even more successful than Siamese Dream, selling over twelve million copies worldwide. It also garnered seven 1996 Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year. Its hit songs included "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Tonight, Tonight," "1979" and "Zero." Many of the remaining songs that, for one reason or another, did not make it onto Mellon Collie were released as B-sides to the singles, eventually compiled in the now out of print The Aeroplane Flies High box set. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... See also: 1995 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 16 - Jamaican authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffetts seaplane, mistaking it for a drug traffickers plane. ... The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards, and the... Bullet with Butterfly Wings is a popular song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Tonight, Tonight is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... 1979 is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Zero is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Aeroplane Flies High was a 5 disc boxed set by The Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The band's fortunes changed significantly on July 12, 1996, when touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and Chamberlin overdosed on heroin in a hotel room in New York City. Melvoin died, and Chamberlin was arrested for drug possession. Chamberlin was subsequently fired from the band (though later rehired). July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Jonathan Melvoin (December 6, 1961 - July 12, 1996) was the touring keyboardist for The Smashing Pumpkins during their worldwide tour for the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. ... Heroin or diamorphine (INN) (colloquially referred to as junk, babania, horse, golden brown, smack, black tar, H, big H, lady H, dope, skag, juice, diesel, etc. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, and is at the center of international finance, politics, communications, music, fashion, and culture. ...


Though the band finished the tour with another drummer and keyboardist, their profile had taken a marked downturn. Billy Corgan became something of a hate figure amongst the hard rock press following a statement in which he declared rock to be dead. He stated that Mellon Collie would be the last Pumpkins record of that type, and that rock was, for himself at least, becoming stale due to a lack of willingness to experiment from other rock artists.


Adore

Main article: Adore

Recorded following the death of Corgan's mother, 1998's Adore represented a significant change of style from the Pumpkins' previous guitar based rock, veering into electronica, trimming much of the guitar-driven sonic underpinnings and infused with a much heavier mood. The record was cut using drum machines and was distinctly experimental. Corgan also modified his public image, shedding his alternative hipster look for a dark Gothic persona, and began hanging around Marilyn Manson. Although Adore received quite favorable reviews and was nominated for Best Alternative Performance at the Grammys, the album sold only 3 million copies. This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Billy Corgan William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... Adore is the fourth studio album from Chicago alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Adore is The Smashing Pumpkins fourth studio album, released on June 2, 1998 in the United States. ... Goth is a modern subculture that first became popular during the early 1980s within the gothic rock scene, a sub-genre of post punk. ... Marilyn Manson Marilyn Manson is an American band based in Hollywood, California that can be described as shock rock, neo-glam rock, and arguably industrial metal. The lead singer of the band, Brian Warner, also performs under the name Marilyn Manson. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Machina

The return of a rehabilitated Jimmy Chamberlin for 2000's MACHINA/The Machines of God signaled a return to a more familiar Pumpkins sound, but failed to widely connect with fans. MACHINA also brought Corgan's desire to write a concept album to fruition. See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... MACHINA/The Machines of God is The Smashing Pumpkins fifth and final studio album, released on February 29, 2000. ... Usually, in popular music, an album of an artist or group simply consists of a number of unconnected songs that the members of the group or the artist have written or have chosen to cover. ...


The band's lineup changed again at this point. Bass player Wretzky departed after the recording of MACHINA/The Machines of God, and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur was recruited for the "Sacred and Profane" tour in support of the album. Hole was an indie rock band formed in 1989 and (officially) disbanded in 2002, fronted by Courtney Love and co-founded by Eric Erlandson. ... Melissa Auf der Maur (born March 17, 1972) is a Canadian rock musician, who is currently based in New York City. ...


Breakup

In May 2000, Billy Corgan announced the band's decision to break up at the end of that year following additional touring and recording. In a first for an established band, the group's final album, MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, was released in September 2000 in a limited pressing on vinyl with permission and instructions for free redistribution on the Internet by fans. The Smashing Pumpkins' final commercial recording was a single, "Untitled". See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music is a music album by The Smashing Pumpkins that was released for free on the Internet in 2000. ...


On December 2, 2000, Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert at The Metro, the same Chicago club where their career had effectively started twelve years earlier. A DVD of the 4 hour concert is still in the works. December 2 is the 336th day (337th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ...


The Smashing Pumpkins won many awards during their careers (including two Grammy awards: Hard Rock Performance 1996 for "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", and Hard Rock Performance 1997 for "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"), headlined several major tours, appeared on a few movie soundtracks and released an impressive number of songs in a fairly short time.


Post Breakup

2001 saw the release of a greatest hits compilation, Rotten Apples (Greatest Hits), which included various singles spanning their decade long career. The now rare double disc version of the album, released as a limited edition, included a B-sides/rarities collection called Judas 0. A greatest hits DVD was also released around the same time. It compiled all of the Pumpkins promo videos from Gish to MACHINA, the rare promo for "I Am One", a 15 minute short film called "Try" as well as a TV performance of "Geek U.S.A.". It also features the performance of "Fuck You (An Ode To No One)" from their final gig at the Metro. (There is one notable omission, "The End Is the Beginning Is the End", used in the Batman and Robin soundtrack. This is excluded because the rights are owned by Warner Brothers, who loaned out the band from their regular label, Virgin Records.) Rotten Apples is a greatest hits compilation by the rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. ... Judas 0 is a collection of B-sides and rarities by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... An American family watching television in the 1950s. ... The film Batman and Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher, is considered by most to be less serious than the 1989 Batman movie and sequels Batman Returns (1992) and Forever (1995). ... Warner Bros. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ...


Corgan and Chamberlin would reunite in 2001 as members of Corgan's next project, the shortlived Zwan. Their only album, Mary Star of the Sea, was released to mixed reviews, and after cancelling a few festival appearances Corgan announced the demise of the band in 2003. See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events January 1 - Hum disbands. ... Album cover for Mary Star of the Sea Zwan was a short-lived indie supergroup that formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2003. ... Mary Star of the Sea is Zwans only album, released on January 28, 2003. ... See also: 2002 in music, 2003 in music (UK), other events of 2003, 2004 in music, list of years in music, 2000s in music // Events January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500...


On February 17, 2004, Billy Corgan posted a bitter message on his personal blog calling Wretzky a "mean spirited drug addict" and blaming Iha for the breakup of The Smashing Pumpkins. On June 3, 2004, he added that "the depth of my hurt [from Iha] is only matched with the depth of my gratitude". In October, 2004, Corgan released his first book, a book of poetry entitled Blinking with Fists. He has also released a solo album, entitled "TheFutureEmbrace". At the same time, Jimmy Chamberlin is touring for his first solo album, entitled The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex. James Iha has completed his work as a guitarist in A Perfect Circle and is currently appearing with other acts such as Chino Moreno's Team Sleep, and Vanessa and the O's. He continues to work with his own record label as well, Scratchie Records. D'arcy Wretzky has not made any statements or appearances since leaving the band in 1999. February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 2003 in music, 2004 in music (UK), other events of 2004, 2005 in music, list of years in music, 2000s in music // Events January 1 - Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti January 1 - Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol... Billy Corgan William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... The first use of the term weblog. ... June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... See also: 2003 in music, 2004 in music (UK), other events of 2004, 2005 in music, list of years in music, 2000s in music // Events January 1 - Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti January 1 - Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol... October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... See also: 2003 in music, 2004 in music (UK), other events of 2004, 2005 in music, list of years in music, 2000s in music // Events January 1 - Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti January 1 - Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol... Billy Corgan William Patrick Billy Corgan, Jr. ... TheFutureEmbrace is the first solo album by Billy Corgan, formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan. ... Jimmy Chamberlain James Joseph Jimmy Chamberlin (born June 10, 1964, Joliet, Illinois) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. ... James Yoshinobu Iha (born March 26, 1968) is a Japanese American rock musician, most famous for founding the alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins in 1988 with Billy Corgan, DArcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin, while attending Loyola University Chicago. ... A Perfect Circle A Perfect Circle is an alternative rock band, formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... Chino Moreno (born Camillo Wong Moreno June 20, 1972) is a US musician, the singer and guitarist in Deftones. ... Team Sleep is a rock music group led by singer/guitarist Chino Moreno, better known for fronting Deftones. ... Vanessa and The Os formed in 2003 when James Iha met Vanessa Quinones (formerly Espiritu/Heavenly Records) Andreas Mattson (Posicle) and Niclas Frisk (Atomic Swing) in New York, liked what they were doing musically and committed to recording the album La Ballade dO with them over the next... Darcy (born Darcy Wretzky on May 1, 1968) is a bassist and was an original member of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. ...


The Comeback

On June 21, 2005, the day of the release of Corgan's album TheFutureEmbrace, Billy took out a full-page advertisement in the Chicago Tribune newspaper to announce that he planned to reunite the band. "For a year now," Corgan wrote, "I have walked around with a secret, a secret I chose to keep. But now I want you to be among the first to know that I have made plans to renew and revive the Smashing Pumpkins. I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams."[1] What exactly that means is unclear at this time. Curiously, the lyrics "renew, revive" figure prominently in the Pumpkins track "Hummer", thought to be about overcoming writer's block, an affliction that Corgan does not appear to have suffered from since the Pumpkins broke up. No other information was given as to the lineup or possible releases from the group, and he did not say when he would try to reform the Pumpkins, but his new album "represents a new beginning, not an ending. It picks up the thread of the as-yet-unfinished work and charter of The Smashing Pumpkins," he said. He signed the message off with the Pumpkins traditional logo. Jimmy Chamberlin is the only member that has publically confirmed interest in joining up with former Smashing Pumpkins band members. Within the first few days after the publication of his ads Chamberlin gave a press interview wherein he said he had not heard from D'Arcy in years but still remained in e-mail contact with James Iha. Corgan also appeared on Chicago morning television to discuss the advertisement and his new album, but gave little elaboration to the actual newspaper advertisement. In the advertisement, Billy also spoke of a follow up to TheFutureEmbrace as well as ChicagoSongs, a DVD he recorded live in April 2004, which has left many puzzled as to what the future of The Smashing Pumpkins is. June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... TheFutureEmbrace is the first solo album by Billy Corgan, formerly of The Smashing Pumpkins and Zwan. ... Front page of the Tribune incorrectly reporting that Dewey won the 1948 presidential election The Chicago Tribune, formerly self-styled as the Worlds Greatest Newspaper, remains the leading newspaper of the Midwest of the United States. ... Darcy (born Darcy Wretzky on May 1, 1968) is a bassist and was an original member of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. ... James Yoshinobu Iha (born March 26, 1968) is a Japanese American rock musician, most famous for founding the alternative rock band Smashing Pumpkins in 1988 with Billy Corgan, DArcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin, while attending Loyola University Chicago. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The timing of the reunion - should it occur - is likely also to be coordinated to coincide with the expiration of any further contractual entanglements with Virgin Records. This will allow the band to pursue more favorable terms in a future contract with Virgin or any other record company of their choosing, just as they hit popular consciousness again. Based on semi-official comments regarding the long-anticipated DVD of their final show at the Metro (which Virgin ultimately declined to release), this will likely occur no earlier than very late 2005. Prior touring and promotional requirements of Corgan, as well as the work necessary to reunite the band as best as possible, plus the following contract negotiations also point towards this date as an earliest possibility of either tour dates or new material released.


Discography

Studio Albums

Year Title Label Other information US Sales
1991 Gish Caroline CD 1,100,000
1993 Siamese Dream Virgin CD, released by vinyl as two red EPs 4,600,000
1994 Gish Virgin Rerelease, remaster, CD, release by vinyl
1995 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Virgin double CD - triple LP, released on vinyl as six 5 track EPs with revisited tracklisting and two bonus tracks 4,700,000
1998 Adore Virgin CD 1,100,000
2000 MACHINA/The Machines of God Virgin CD 583,000
2000 MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music Constantinople 3 EPs of b-sides & 1 LP; only 25 made - the band encouraged free online distribution -


Sales listed are as of May 2005. See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... This article is about The Smashing Pumpkins album. ... Caroline Records was a subsidiary of Richard Bransons Virgin Records label during the early to mid 1970s. ... CD may stand for: compact disc Canadian Forces Decoration cash dispenser (at least used in Japan) CD LPMud Driver Centrum-Demokraterne (Centre Democrats of Denmark) certificate of deposit České dráhy (Czech Railways) Chad (NATO country code) Chalmers Datorförening (computer club of the Chalmers University of Technology) a 1960s Panhard race... See also: 1992 in music, other events of 1993, 1994 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 8 - The U.S. Postal service issues an Elvis Presley stamp. ... Siamese Dream was the second - and breakthrough album - by The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... This article is about The Smashing Pumpkins album. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ... See also: 1997 in music, other events of 1998, 1999 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events February 15 - Sir Edward Elgars unfinished third symphony, completed by Anthony Payne is performed for the first time at the Royal Festival Hall. ... Adore is The Smashing Pumpkins fourth studio album, released on June 2, 1998 in the United States. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... MACHINA/The Machines of God is The Smashing Pumpkins fifth and final studio album, released on February 29, 2000. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music is a music album by The Smashing Pumpkins that was released for free on the Internet in 2000. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record album The vinyl record is a type of gramophone record, most popular from the 1950s to the 1990s, that was most commonly used for mass-produced recordings of music. ...


EPs and B-sides

Year Title Label Other information US sales
1991 Lull Caroline EP -
1994 Pisces Iscariot Virgin CD collection of B-sides 1,300,000
2001 Judas 0 Virgin limited edition bonus CD to Rotten Apples (see below); a collection B-sides meant to "sequel" Pisces Iscariot -

See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Lull is an EP released in 1991 by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Caroline Records was a subsidiary of Richard Bransons Virgin Records label during the early to mid 1970s. ... EP can stand for: European Parliament. ... See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Pisces Iscariot is a compilation album of b-sides, demos, and outtakes released in 1994 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events January 1 - Hum disbands. ... Judas 0 is a collection of B-sides and rarities by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ...

Live and compilations

Year Title Label Other information US Sales
1994 Earphoria Virgin audio companion-piece to Vieuphoria - very limited promotional CD; full release in 2002 -
1994 Vieuphoria Virgin live VHS; re-released on DVD with additional bonus material in 2002 -
1995 Early 1989 Demos - unofficial release, originally recorded in 1989 -
1996 The Aeroplane Flies High Virgin box set of 5 expanded CD singles 307,000
2001 Rotten Apples (Greatest Hits) Virgin CD; a limited edition included Judas O (see above) 729,000
2001 Greatest Hits Video Collection Virgin DVD and VHS release; includes all music videos except "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" and the retrospective edit of "Untitled" -

In addition to official releases, there are a wide variety of bootleg and rare tracks circulating on the web. The among most substantial ones for the curious would probably be included the following: See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Earphoria was a part of a live CD/VHS (with Vieuphoria) released in 1994 (and rereleased as a CD/DVD set on November 26, 2002) by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... See also: 2001 in music, 2002 in music (UK), other events of 2002, 2003 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ... See also: 1993 in music, other events of 1994, 1995 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Vieuphoria was a part of a live CD/VHS (with Earphoria) released in 1994 (and rereleased as a CD/DVD set on November 26, 2002) by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... See also: 2001 in music, 2002 in music (UK), other events of 2002, 2003 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events 2002 was marked by significant trends in Rock Music. ... See also: 1994 in music, other events of 1995, 1996 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 18 - Jerry Garcia wrecks his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California. ... Early 1989 Demos refers to a series of cassette only demo by The Smashing Pumpkins which they sold at early shows in Chicago. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1995 in music, other events of 1996, 1997 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music Events January 16 - Jamaican authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffetts seaplane, mistaking it for a drug traffickers plane. ... The Aeroplane Flies High was a 5 disc boxed set by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... A box set (or boxed set) refers to one or more recordings which are contained in a box made generally out of cardboard. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-sides, often accompanied by several B-sides—usually remixes or other songs. ... See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events January 1 - Hum disbands. ... Rotten Apples is a greatest hits compilation by the rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ... See also: 2000 in music, 2001 in music (UK), other events of 2001, 2002 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music Events January 1 - Hum disbands. ... Greatest Hits Video Collection DVD The Smashing Pumpkins - Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991-2000) is a video containing of all of their groundbreaking videos, from the early days of Siva to Try, Try, Try. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972 after a period of selling discount records via their small shop in London. ...

  • Metro 1988-10-05 - a recording of their first gig at the Cabaret Metro; given as a special gift to all attendees of their final concert.
  • Reel Time Sessions - two 1989 recording sessions (one electric, one acoustic) of early material.
  • Mashed Potatoes - a five-disc set of rare recordings from 1988 to 1993. Compiled and distributed by Corgan personally for nine close members of family and friends for Christmas 1993.
  • Mellon Collie Demos - several different tapes of recordings from late 1994 and early 1995.
  • Gravity Demos - mostly instrumental demos made in 1994 during a break in the Siamese Dream tour.
  • Adore Demos - recorded in 1997; includes two demos for "The End is the Beginning Is the End", a track for the Batman and Robin soundtrack.
  • Machina Acoustic Demos - demos recorded solo by Corgan in late 1998
  • The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music - studio demos from 1999 and two live tracks from a Halloween 1998 show. Not to be confused with Machina II.

You can find some of these, along with other material, here, among other places. The film Batman and Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher, is considered by most to be less serious than the 1989 Batman movie and sequels Batman Returns (1992) and Forever (1995). ...


Music videos

Siva (pronounced Shee-vah) is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins (at the time, known as simply Smashing Pumpkins) that was the first single from their debut album Gish. ... This article is about The Smashing Pumpkins album. ... Rhinoceros is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins (at the time, known as just Smashing Pumpkins) released on their debut album, Gish. ... I Am One is the first single by The Smashing Pumpkins (known at the time as simply Smashing Pumpkins). ... Cherub Rock is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins (at the time known as simply Smashing Pumpkins). ... Siamese Dream was the second - and breakthrough album - by The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993. ... Today is a popular song by The Smashing Pumpkins (then known as simply Smashing Pumpkins). ... Disarm is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins (then known simply as Smashing Pumpkins). ... Rocket is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins (then known as simply Smashing Pumpkins). ... Bullet with Butterfly Wings is a popular song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (also shortened to Mellon Collie or abbreviated to MCIS) is a double CD and triple LP that was released on October 24, 1995 by The Smashing Pumpkins through Virgin Records. ... 1979 is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Zero is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Tonight, Tonight is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Thirty-Three is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... The End Is the Beginning Is the End (or TEITBITE among fans) is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Ava Adore is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Adore is The Smashing Pumpkins fourth studio album, released on June 2, 1998 in the United States. ... Perfect is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... MACHINA/The Machines of God is The Smashing Pumpkins fifth and final studio album, released on February 29, 2000. ... Stand Inside Your Love is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Try, Try, Try is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Untitled is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. ... Rotten Apples is a greatest hits compilation by the rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. ...

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See also

This is a list of alternative music artists. ... The following is a list of notable people who have died from drug-related causes. ... This is a list of songs whose title does not appear in the lyrics. ...

References

  • ^ Corgan, Billy. http://www.billycorgan.com/news050621.html. BillyCorgan.com. June 21, 2005.
  • Erlewine, Stephen Thomas & Prato, Greg. "The Smashing Pumpkins". All Music Guide. Retrieved June 13, 2005.

The All Music Guide (AMG) is a globally comprehensive metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ...

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