Formed in by frontman Billy Corgan lead vocals, guitar , D'arcy Wretzky bass , James Iha guitar , and Jimmy Chamberlin drums , the band has undergone many line-up changes. Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, they have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock , heavy metal , dream pop , psychedelic rock , progressive rock , shoegazing , and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter; his musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land". The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness , debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a break-up. After touring throughout and with a lineup including new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Chamberlin left the band in early Later that year, Corgan began a new recording series with a rotating lineup of musicians entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope , which encompassed the release of stand-alone singles, compilation EP releases, and two full albums that also fell under the project's scope— Oceania in and Monuments to an Elegy in Chamberlin and Iha officially rejoined the band in February
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By Joe Coscarelli. A confident mastermind with omnivorous ambitions, Mr. There was no shortage of music either, including two solo albums and one with Zwan, as well as various iterations of the Smashing Pumpkins that Mr. Yet despite reviving the Pumpkins brand with additional albums and regular touring over the years, Mr. Looking back at the aftermath of those accomplishments, Mr. So it was with some hard-won humility that Mr. Corgan allowed himself to realize a few years back that the Pumpkins were just not the same without the original guitarist James Iha, who helped found the group as a Chicago teenager in ; Jimmy Chamberlin, the drummer who has been Mr. After some tentative emails initiated by Mr. Iha — their first real contact since — and then a few air-clearing dinners, Mr.
Read 10 things you might not know about Smashing Pumpkins' 'Siamese Dream,' in honor of the alt-rock landmark's 25th anniversary. Suddenly, boom: Nirvana. According to Corgan, by the time they got around to writing and recording Siamese Dream , those insecurities were stacking up.