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The Smashing Pumpkins are an influential American alternative rock band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. Billy Corgan and James Iha met in a record store, and began performing in local nightclubs with their bassist, D'arcy Wretzky, using a drum machine. Playing with a drum machine frustrated both the band and their audience, and so Chicago jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was hired soon afterwards.

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Album: Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania

June 24th, 2012

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Smashing Pumpkins
Oceania
Martha Music
18 June 2012

by Ryan Williams

When Smashing Pumpkins played London in 2011, the crowd was split. There were those who expected Smashing Pumpkins of old, playing ‘Mayonaise’ and ‘Today’ and there were the others who had resolved within themselves that Billy Corgan was the sole remaining member of the band and that Zwan wasn’t… that bad. The former left disappointed, having forgotten that the band originally left us in 2000 with a bizarre brace of albums that were disappointingly confused and a creative zenith in turn.

This is not a grunge band any more. It has not been for some time now. Get over it. Call them The Billy Corgan Band if you want. Claim the band’s legacy is disappearing up his arse if it helps. Ignore the fact Corgan appears to have been inspired by Isis in terms of naming songs and the album. Ignore it because it’s not really important. If you’re prepared to indulge the man’s psychedelic proto prog concept 100 per cent, this might all make sense to you.

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Interview: James Iha on solo records, the future of A Perfect Circle…and a little band called The Smashing Pumpkins

March 10th, 2012

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You know James Iha as one of the co-founders of the Smashing Pumpkins. Shut up, you do. Don’t try to pretend that you only know him from his time as a member of A Perfect Circle, or his solo albums, or his work remixing songs, or producing albums, or scoring films. You know him from the Smashing Pumpkins.

Still, he’s got a new solo record out, so when we heard he was stopping by in London we forced him to sit down with Hugh Platt and talk about Billy Joel. Just because.

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Smashing Pumpkins bassists just can’t seem to stay out of the news

February 18th, 2011

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After last week’s bizarro news about original Smashing Pumpkins bassist and former sexy thing, D’Arcy Wretzky ending up in gaol for letting her ponies go rampaging around town, this week sees current Pumpkins bassist and still very lovely, Nicole Fiorentino revealing to Billy Corgan that she was actually one of the little girls on the cover of Siamese Dream. SAY WHAT??

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D’arcy Wretzky goes to jail….for letting her horses RUN RIOT

February 11th, 2011

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Gratuitous use of capital letters in the title there, but this crime is so ridiculous we figured we had the right to. According to popular internet celebrity muck-rakers, TMZ.com, D’Arcy Wretzky, former Smashing Pumpkins bassist and subject to a million unrequited 90s teenage grunge-crushes, has been sent to prison for because some of her horses got loose and caused chaos in a local town.

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Smashing Pumpkins celebrate 20th anniversary

July 10th, 2008

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The Smashing Pumpkins are to celebrate their 20th anniversary later this year with a host of smaller-sized shows in August 2008 which promise to feature “unique sets and songs”, according to the band’s website.

The only confirmed date so far is on 9 August 2008 at The Venue in Hammond, Indiana but there are a few more to be announced. If you’re a Pumpkins fan that lives outside America and don’t have any frequent flyer miles readily available, you might want to try and forget you read this.

November 2008 will see some larger shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles among others (to be announced) before the Gish commemorative tour in early 2009 which will coincide with the release of a potentially brilliant boxset covering the 1987-92 era.

Watch the first video The Smashing Pumpkins ever made – ‘Siva’

The band actually wants your input to the boxset. They want your Smashing Pumpkins photos from that timeframe “before anyone can even remember a thing called grunge, digital cameras, or the internet”. Quite.

One question: does the fact that The Smashing Pumpkins were split up for almost six years mean that this is really only their 14th anniversary?

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