The Smashing Pumpkins

The Smashing Pumpkins


8/10/1988, Chicago

Birth Name

Smashing Pumpkins


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Original Members:

Jimmy Chamberlin, drums

Billy Corgan, guitar and vocals

James Iha, guitar

D'Arcy Wretzky, bass

The Smashing Pumpkins first came to light in 1988 with founding members Corgan and Iha initially forming the group, with bassist D'Arcy added soon after. Following several performances throughout Chicago, the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Billy Corgan covered the song "Number of The Beast" by Iron Maiden, he kept this quiet because he did not feel it was very good.

    • Billy Corgan wrote and performed 8 new songs just for the movie titled "Spun".

    • Billy Corgan's first band was The Marked, a band form Florida.

    • The only Pumpkins song with a member besides Corgan on lead vocals was "Go," in which James Iha sang lead.

    • For the majority of recordings, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin are the only members that play.

    • The only Smashing Pumpkins album ever to reach #1 on the Billboard charts was "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."

    • The only Smashing Pumpkins studio album that hasn't been certified at least gold by the RIAA is "Zeitgeist."

    • "MACHINA/THE MACHINES OF GOD" has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

    • Both "Adore" and "Gish" have been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

    • "Siamese Dream" has been certified 4x platinum by the RIAA.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins' best selling album worldwide was "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness", which has been certified 9x platinum by the RIAA.

    • In the U.S. alone, The Smashing Pumpkins have sold approximately 12,000,000 albums.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins headlined KROQ's 2007 L.A. Invasion festival.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins released a four song EP entitled American Gothic on January 2nd, 2008.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins first single was "I Am One."

    • During the "Zeitgeist" tour, The Smashing Pumpkins played 80 shows, playing for an average of two and a half hours each show.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam shared their first world tour, opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    • Billy Corgan is easily recognized by his bad head and striped clothing.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins once toured as the opening act for The Red Hot Chili Peppers during their "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" tour. This was during The Pumpkins' "Gish" era.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins' most successful album in terms of sales was "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness."

    • The Smashing Pumpkins released an EP, title, "American Gothic" on January 2nd, 2008.

    • The last music video in which Billy Corgan had hair was "Bullet With Butterfly Wings."

    • The guitar solos in "Cherub Rock" and "Geek USA" were on Guitar World's 100 Greatest Solos List.

    • Their sixth album, Machina II was released on the internet for free download by Billy Corgan.

    • The tour in support of Adore was funded out of the band's pockets, and all proceeds went to charity.

    • The Pumpkins' fourth studio album, Adore was recorded using a drum machine due to Chamberlin's absence.

    • In the 2007 Zeitgeist booklet, the only members credited were Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin. They recorded the album with no one else.

    • Matt Walker replaced Chamberlin as drummer for the 1998 Adore tour.

    • Billy Corgan has said that the band's biggest influences are The Cure and New Order.

    • The band's first ever live performance was on August 10, 1988 at a bar called Chicago 21.

    • Zeitgeist was the band's first studio album after their 2007 reunion.

    • Chamberlin was recruited by a friend of Corgan's in 1990 when the band needed a drummer.

    • "Tarantula" was the first single released after the band's 2007 reunion.

    • "1979" was the band's only #1 hit on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart.

    • The band's best-selling album is Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It has sold over 9 million copies.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins song, "Cherub Rock" is featured in the video games Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock and Rock Band.

    • Although he plays the guitar right-handed, Billy is left-handed.

    • The Smashing Pumpkins performed at Giants Stadium on July 7th, 2007 as part of the Live Earth concert.

    • EP: Zero
      Release Date: April 23, 1996
      Label: Virgin Records
      "Zero" – 2:39
      "God" – 3:09
      "Mouths of Babes" – 3:46
      "Tribute to Johnny" – 2:34
      "Marquis in Spades" – 3:17
      "Pennies" – 2:28
      "Pastichio Medley" – 23:00

    • EP: Peel Sessions
      Release Date: June 1992
      Label: Hut Records
      "Siva" – 4:53
      "Girl Named Sandoz" – 3:38
      "Smiley" – 3:31

    • EP: Lull
      Release Date: November 5, 1991
      Label: Virgin Records
      "Rhinoceros" – 5:57
      "Blue" – 3:22
      "Slunk" – 2:49
      "Bye June" – 2:09

    • Album: Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music
      Release Date: September 5, 2000
      Label: Constantinople Records
      "Slow Dawn" – 3:14
      "Vanity" – 4:08
      "Saturnine" – 4:11
      "Glass' Theme (Spacey)" – 2:55
      "Soul Power" – 3:02
      "Cash Car Star (Version 1)" – 3:41
      "Lucky 13" – 3:05
      "Speed Kills But Beauty Lives Forever (Alternate Take)" – 4:51
      "If There Is a God (Piano and Voice)" – 2:34
      "Try, Try, Try (Version 1 Alternate Text)" – 4:23
      "Heavy Metal Machine (Version 1 Alternate Mix)" – 6:47
      "Glass' Theme" – 1:54
      "Cash Car Star" – 3:18
      "Dross" – 3:26
      "Real Love" – 4:16
      "Go" – 3:47
      "Let Me Give the World to You" – 4:10
      "Innosense" – 2:33
      "Home" – 4:29
      "Blue Skies Bring Tears (Version Electrique)" – 3:18
      "White Spyder" – 3:37
      "In My Body" – 6:50
      "If There Is a God (Full Band)" – 2:08
      "Le Deux Machina" – 1:54
      "Here's to the Atom Bomb (New Wave Version)" – 3:51

    • Album: Machina/The Machines of God
      Release Date: February 29, 2000
      Label: Virgin Records
      "The Everlasting Gaze" – 4:00
      "Raindrops + Sunshowers" – 4:39
      "Stand Inside Your Love" – 4:14
      "I of the Mourning" – 4:37
      "The Sacred and Profane" – 4:22
      "Try, Try, Try" – 5:09
      "Heavy Metal Machine" – 5:52
      "This Time" – 4:43
      "The Imploding Voice" – 4:24
      "Glass and the Ghost Children" – 9:56
      "Wound" – 3:58
      "The Crying Tree of Mercury" – 3:43
      "With Every Light" – 3:56
      "Blue Skies Bring Tears" – 5:45
      "Age of Innocence" – 3:55

    • Album: Adore
      Release Date: June 2, 1998
      Label: Virgin Records
      "To Sheila" – 4:40
      "Ava Adore" – 4:20
      "Perfect" – 3:23
      "Daphne Descends" – 4:38
      "Once Upon a Time" – 4:06
      "Tear" – 5:52
      "Crestfallen" – 4:09
      "Appels + Oranjes" – 3:34
      "Pug" – 4:46
      "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" – 4:33
      "Annie-Dog" – 3:36
      "Shame" – 6:37
      "Behold! The Night Mare" – 5:12
      "For Martha" – 8:17
      "Blank Page" – 4:51
      "17" – 0:17

    • Album: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
      Release Date: October 24, 1995
      Label: Virgin Records
      Pt.1 Dawn to Dusk
      "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" – 2:52
      "Tonight, Tonight" – 4:14
      "Jellybelly" – 3:01
      "Zero" – 2:41
      "Here Is No Why" – 3:45
      "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" – 4:18
      "To Forgive" – 4:17
      "Fuck You (An Ode To No One)" – 4:51
      "Love" – 4:21
      "Cupid de Locke" – 2:50
      "Galapogos" – 4:47
      "Muzzle" – 3:44
      "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" – 9:21
      "Take Me Down" – 2:52

      Pt.2 Twilight to Starlight
      "Where Boys Fear to Tread" – 4:22
      "Bodies" – 4:12
      "Thirty-Three" – 4:10
      "In the Arms of Sleep" – 4:12
      "1979" – 4:25
      "Tales of a Scorched Earth" – 3:46
      "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" – 7:38
      "Stumbleine" – 2:54
      "X.Y.U." – 7:07
      "We Only Come Out at Night" – 4:05
      "Beautiful" – 4:18
      "Lily (My One and Only)" – 3:31
      "By Starlight" – 4:48
      "Farewell and Goodnight" – 4:22

    • Album: Siamese Dream
      Release Date: July 27, 1993
      Label: Virgin Records
      "Cherub Rock" – 4:58
      "Quiet" – 3:41
      "Today" – 3:19
      "Hummer" – 6:57
      "Rocket" – 4:06
      "Disarm" – 3:17
      "Soma" – 6:39
      "Geek U.S.A." – 5:13
      "Mayonaise" – 5:48
      "Spaceboy" – 4:28
      "Silverfuck" – 8:43
      "Sweet Sweet" – 1:38
      "Luna" – 3:20

    • Album: Gish
      Release Date: May 28, 1991
      Label: Caroline Records
      "I Am One" – 4:07
      "Siva" – 4:20
      "Rhinoceros" – 6:32
      "Bury Me" – 4:48
      "Crush" – 3:35
      "Suffer" – 5:11
      "Snail" – 5:11
      "Tristessa" – 3:33
      "Window Paine" – 5:51
      "Daydream" – 3:08

    • The Smashing Pumpkins appeared on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock chart at #49.

    • James Iha released a solo album, Let It Come Down, in 1998. Following the Pumpkins' breakup, he joined the group A Perfect Circle in 2003 as guitarist.

    • Billy Corgan released a solo album, TheFutureEmbrace, in June 2005.

    • Corgan and Chamberlin formed the quintet Zwan in 2001, leading to an album release, Mary Star Of The Sea, in 2003. The band broke up soon afterwards.

    • Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness debuted at #1 on the 'Billboard 200' chart in October 1995. It also earned seven Grammy nominations in 1996.

    • "Mellon Collie", a portion of the album title from the group's 1995 release, is a play on the word 'melancholy'.

    • The band added the "The" to their name prior to their 1993 album release, resulting in the understanding that the "Smashing" in their name was, in fact, an adjective instead of a verb, used in the form of British slang.

    • Studio Album Discography:
      Gish (1991)
      Siamese Dream (1993)
      Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (1995)
      Adore (1998)
      MACHINA / The Machines Of God (2000)
      MACHINA II / The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music (2000)
      Zeitgeist (2007)

  • Quotes

    • Billy Corgan: God talks to me at each and every point of my life. The only problem is that I don't listen.

    • James Iha: If you put all the songs together that I've written on band records, and put it next to my solo record, there's defintely a different feel then Billy's.

    • James Iha: Well, I always hope that I'm a role model.

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: If you can get a twelve year-old kid to go listen to Thelonius Monk, what more do you want? Do you want a big pile of cash, too? That's a home run for me.

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: I've always seen my drumming as lyrical anyway.

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: I think that the jazzy approach that I have is based on the way that I hear music and in the way I play a supporting role to the other people in the band.

    • Jimmy Chamberlin:I take my craft very seriously.

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: If you put the right things out there the right things will happen.

    • D'Arcy Wretzky: People got so upset that Nirvana got huge. I'd rather see Nirvana making shitloads of money than Michael Jackson, you know.

    • D'Arcy Wretzky: I don't really like the effect MTV had on our audience.

    • James Iha: I was with the Pumpkins for 12 years and it was kinda hard to get my material in for, you know, for whatever reasons.

    • D'Arcy Wretzky: I was always like, I'm going to be in a band when I grow up. Always. Ever since I was probably six years old.

    • D'Arcy Wretzky: We don't have a set list that's the same every night, and we don't have choreographed moves like Guns N' Roses.

    • James Iha: Even from a listening end now, I'm still completely a fan of music.

    • James Iha: And they kind of left to find a guitar player at the very end, so you know, I don't really take it as any slight that I wasn't able to play on the record. It's flattering just to play with them period.

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: The only thing I can say in Dutch is: 'take off your pants.'

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: Jazz isn't dead, it just smells funny

    • Billy Corgan: The title of a song is like the wrapping on a present.

    • Billy Corgan:Music has basically followed a shallow route for 50 years.

    • Billy Corgan: For a 6-foot-3 guy with no hair and a whiny voice, I've done all right....

    • Billy Corgan:If practice makes perfect, and no one's perfect, then why practice?

    • Billy Corgan talking about Radiohead: if they're not the best band in the world, then they're one of the best

    • Billy Corgan: We've graduated now from [being called] 'the next Jane's Addiction' to 'the next Nirvana,' now we're 'the next Pearl Jam.'

    • Jimmy Chamberlin: I'm proud of what we accomplished, it's just a shame that we couldn't hold it together.

    • Billy Corgan: I'm definitely responsible for coming in with some basic chord changes, or ideas. Everybody in the band looks to me to come up with the basic seed, so it's not very productive to come in with nothing.

    • Billy Corgan: You will never see the four original Pumpkins on stage ever again, unless it's a Hall of Fame thing. But you would never see a tour. There's so much damage, there's no way.

    • Billy Corgan: We were completely into the sad-rock, Cure kind of thing. It took about two or three practices before I realized that the power in his playing was something that enabled us to rock harder than we could ever have imagined.

    • Billy Corgan: I dont think we're the type of band people look at and say, "I want to grow up to be just like that." We're like a train wreck.

    • Billy Corgan: (on their album 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness') I don't even want to discuss how many people told me that making an album with 28 songs at this point in our career was crazy. Everyone, including the people at our record label, wanted us to just take a nice, safe path, and produce another album like Siamese Dream. My attitude was just the opposite. Thankfully, it hasn't turned out to badly.

    • Billy Corgan: You can't be greater than Elvis, change things as much as the Beatles, or be as original as Led Zeppelin. All you can do is rip them off.

  • Excellent

    Ok these guys are my personnal favorite band of the 90 ' s and my favorite band of all time. Also they are probabley the greatest band to walk the earth(remember this is all My opinion) Some great albums by them are siamese dream (perosnal fav) gish, mellon collie and the infinite sadness and adore, almost every album they do is good , the only ones I did,t enjoy a lttle bit was zeitgeist and Machina but other then that what a great band.Billy corgan is also an amazing guitarist and singer( well his voice is a little different, but still sounds great) Jimmy is a great drummer also. Please check these guys out and go "buy" not download siamese dream.Because we want more from these guys.moreless
  • Smashing Pumpkins are a grunge/metal band of the '90s that formed a very solid fanbase and wrote some very popular songs. They disbanded six years ago, but have reunited and are back in the studio.moreless

    The Smashing Pumpkins will absolutely go down in musical history. I realize anybody who has read my reviews thinks i give 10s to everything I like, but this band is truly deserving of a 10. Their hits "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "Zero", "1979", "Today", "Tonight, Tonight", and "Disarm" are all great songs! Most people at my school haven't herd of them, but they were one of the most popular bands of the '90s. If you have not heard a Smashing Pumpkins song, I strongly suggest that you go to Border's oikr Barnes & Noble, or whatever your bookstore is, and buy a Smashing Pumpkins CD.moreless