Smashing Pumpkins Albums From Worst To Best
... View Full Size 1 / 10 It's easy to forget that the Smashing Pumpkins
were outsiders. Not in the sense that many bands are -- the weird, artsy, pained kids who find an outlet by playing loud rock music. The Smashing Pumpkins
were outsiders from a wave of outsiders, often regarded by a sneer from their contemporaries as '90s alternative took over the mainstream. Because in writing about the past we need to make generalizations and group the survivors together, it's not uncommon to see Smashing Pumpkins
' name in the same sentence as all the grunge bands, even as Steve Albini publicly denounced them and ... [ read more ]
Friday on My Mind: Smashing Pumpkins!
... the year for pumpkin smashing. A long honored tradition among teenage hoodlums and punks where innocent pumpkins are slaughtered across streets and lawns in neighborhoods across the land. As a teenager I did this and as a parent of small children I want to go back and punch teenage me in the face. Smashing Pumpkins
is also a band. Some people want to smash Billy Corgan. So here are some of their videos.... Smashing Pumpkins
- Siva The real deal very first official single from the debut album Gish. I remember seeing this video for the first time during an episode of MTV's 120 Minutes and knowing this band was a big big deal. Smashing Pumpkins
- 1979 "1979″ was taken from their third and epic double album Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The video shoot for "1979″ took a total of only 3 days. Originally the band shot footage of themselves as a band playing at a wild teenage party. The footage was lost by a crew member who left the film on the roof of his car. He drove off and the video was gone forever. They worked with what footage they did have to complete the video and the dude who lost the original footage was punished by being made to stand in a nearby city center with a sandwich board that said: "Lost Tapes, reward for return" on it. Which is odd in that The Smashing Pumpkins
really had no means of enforcement here but whatever. "1979″ was nominated for 2 Grammys including Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance. I think its one of the best videos ever made personally. Smashing Pumpkins
- Today Supposedly Billy Corgan was extremely depressed and even suicidal when he wrote this song. I suspect it was during the "Courtney Love" years, but whatever. He wrote "Today", basically as a joke he says. Yeah sure, that's what REM said about "Shiny Happy People". Hard to be the fun guy isn't it? Honorable ... [ read more ]
Billy Corgan: "I should've quit Smashing Pumpkins when Jimmy Chamberlin left after Mellon Collie..."
... Billy Corgan has told Uncut that he regrets not quitting Smashing Pumpkins
when drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was sacked in 1996. During the tour to support their Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness album, Chamberlin and touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin overdosed on heroin, Melvoin fatally, which led to Chamberlin's dismissal from the band. Corgan has now said the absence of the drummer, and the resulting Adore album, seriously damaged the band. "Did Jimmy being sacked cripple the band?" says Corgan. "Oh, absolutely. I should've quit right then. Instead, I doubled-down on a bad situation, and it got worse. The band went into a Cold War vibe. People stopped talking. And with walking away from rock stylistically, I was burning my bridges." Billy Corgan recalls the making of each one of Smashing Pumpkins
' albums in the new issue of Uncut, dated October 2013, and out on Wednesday (August 28). Photo: Paul Elledge Billy Corgan: "I should've quit Smashing Pumpkins
when Jimmy Chamberlin left after Mellon Collie..." ... [ read more ]
Smashing Pumpkins (1988-2000, 2006-)
Billy Corgan (guitar, vocals)
James Iha (guitar)
D'Arcy (bass) 1988-2000
Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) 1988-1996
Melissa Auf Der Maur (bass) 2000
Matt Walker (drums) 1996-2000
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Corgan and Iha formed The Smashing Pumpkins in 1988. The two met at a used record shop where Corgan worked. D'Arcy joined after meeting Corgan outside a bar and getting into an argument over the band The Dan Reed Network. They began playing as a three piece with a drum machine until Chamberlin was found through a classified ad.
The band played their first gig opening for Jane's Addiction. Afterwards they were quickly signed to Virgin Records.
Corgan is a notorious perfectionist. He played all of the instruments on Siamese Dream himself, although his band still received full credit.
During the tour for Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of a heroin overdose. He was with Chamberlin, who also overdosed but survived. Chamberlin was subsequently fired and replaced by Matt Walker of Filter. Dennis Flemion of The Frogs replaced Melvoin.
To promote their album Adore, the pumpkins wanted to comprise their tour solely of free shows. This was denied in all states except Minnesota, where they performed outdoors in the middle of downtown Minneapolis. The mayor declared it "Smashing Pumpkins day." The profits of the remainder of their tour were donated to charity.
In 2000, the Pumpkins released the album MACHINA: The Machines of God. Chamberlin rejoined the band, while D'Arcy quit. D'Arcy was replaced by Melissa Auf Der Maur of the band Hole.
The Pumpkin's final album before their 2006 reunion was called Machina II: The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music. Only 25 copies of the album were pressed. These copies were given to fans to distribute over the internet for free. The band broke up on December 2nd, 2000.
Iha released a solo album in 1998, Let It Come Down.
Iha and D'Arcy owned their own record label, Scratchie Records.
After the Pumpkins, Corgan and Chamberlin formed the band Zwan, which broke up in 2003 (Corgan says he "detests" the other members of Zwan and they will never get back together). Corgan then began working on his first solo album. Iha and Auf Der Maur formed the band The Virgins. (thanks, heather - minneapolis, MN, for all above)
Corgan hardly ever plays his old songs. After The Smashing Pumpkins broke up, he went at least 4 years without playing one of their songs. When he finally did, it was a performance of "Today
" for some fans in Paris.
On April 20th, 2006, Billy Corgan officially announced that the band was back together writing material for their first album since 2000. Corgan, Chamberlin, and Iha were verified as members of the band. (thanks, Tyler - Concord, NH)
The band appeared in a season 7 episode of The Simpsons called "Homerpalooza." After being shot in the stomach with a cannon, Homer gets a spot on the festival and befriends the band. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
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