Smashing Pumpkins Information
The Smashing Pumpkins are the critically acclaimed rock band that has released such landmark albums as Gish and Siamese Dream. These albums single-handedly defined mainstream rock music at the time. The band led by frontman and guitarist Billy Corgan, was rounded out by James Iha on rhythm guitar, Dâ€™arcy Wretzky on bass and Jimmy Chamberlin on drums. Songs such as â€œCherub Rockâ€, â€œTodayâ€, â€œMayonaiseâ€ and â€œSomaâ€ helped put the Pumpkins at the forefront of MTV and rock radio. Their blend of Corganâ€™s troubled lyrics and shoegaze guitars resonated with the generation x crowd.
Their next album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness released in 1995, went on to be one of the biggest selling albums for the band. Featuring â€œTonight, Tonightâ€, â€œBullet with Butterfly Wingsâ€ and the instant classic â€œ1979â€, this album catapulted the band into superstar status. The band was known for putting out some of the best and most original music videos of the time. The original lineup has since disbanded with only Billy Corgan being the sole original member to be performing under the Smashing Pumpkins name. He reunited shortly with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in 2007 to release Zeitgeist. The band and its current lineup recently released an album of new material called Oceania and are currently embarking on tour in support of it.