"The Smashing Pumpkins" is a popular American alternative rock band which formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988.
Less influenced by punk rock than many of their contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a densely layered and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. The emotional tone of frontman Billy Corgan’s songwriting ranges from angry (“Bullet with Butterfly Wings”), to dour (“Disarm”), to jubilant (“Cherub Rock”).
Selling more than 40 million albums world-wide, the Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s, but internal fighting, diminishing sales, and cultural vitality hampered the band in their later years, leading to a 2000 break-up. In April of 2006, the band officially announced they were reuniting and recording a new album.
The Smashing Pumpkins were originally Billy Corgan (lead guitar and vocals), James Iha (rhythm guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums). However, Melissa Auf der Maur replaced Wretzky in the final year (Decembe...
|Background||group or band|
|Years active||1988 – 2000, 2006 - present|
|Current members|| Billy Corgan|
|Past members|| James Iha|
Melissa Auf der Maur