The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed alternative rock bands of all time, selling over 30 million albums to date. They set the rock music world on fire in the '90s with a sound that was like no other — powerful, sweeping and emotionally honest, with guitar-led melodies that were designed with stadiums in mind. Always standing apart from their contemporaries, the band were not always fashionable but were hugely popular amongst their fans.
The band came together when Billy Corgan and James Iha met in Chicago and decided to begin making music in 1988. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and bassist D'arcy Wretzky were later recruited. Their platinum-selling debut Gish was released in 1991 and became hugely influential on the alternative rock scene at the time with its hugely melodic, shimmering rock songs with an almost dreamlike quality to them, powered by Corgan's androgynous and other-worldly vocals.
The albums that followed included Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which went nine-times platinum, and Siamese Dream, which went four-times platinum and brought them critical acclaim. Adore, released in 1998, was also a big seller. The band's hits defined music for an entire generation and they continue to sound relevant and fresh on rock radio stations worldwide today, influencing an entirely new generation of musicians.
Last updated: February, 2019