The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, created in 1988.
Formed by frontman Billy Corgan and James Iha.
The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream.
With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins were one of the most commercially
successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s.
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren, Zwan
The Cure and New Order
In an article in the Washington Post in 1993 D'arcy said:
"The name of the band is a stupid name, a dumb bad joke, and a bad idea. Okay? Bill [Corgan] named
the band even before there was a band. He was like, 'I'm going to have a band and it's going to
be called this.' Smashing is not a verb, it's an adjective. It's not like we like to smash pumpkins
or anything. And we are not amused by pumpkin jokes anymore!"
Billy Corgan -
lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
Jeff Schroeder -
guitar, backing vocals
Mike Byrne -
drums, percussion, backing vocals
Nicole Fiorentino -
bass guitar, backing vocals
Jimmy Chamberlin - drums, percussion, backing vocals (1988-1996, 1998-2000, 2006-2009)
Melissa Auf der Maur - bass guitar, backing vocals (1999-2000)
James Iha - guitar, backing vocals (1988-2000)
D'arcy Wretzky - bass guitar, backing vocals (1988-1999)
Ginger Pooley - bass guitar, backing vocals (2007-2010)
Smashing Pumpkins Quotes
"Well, when I was 20 and I met D'arcy, my whole thing was music, music, music, 24-7. And i couldn't understand why D'arcy wasn't music, music, music, 24-7. D'arcy was like, 'I have a @#$%& life. It can't be that way.' "
"Gish was the best representation of where we were at the time."
"I don't want to achieve the distance of a rock band that's too cool for you to deal with or too whacked out for you to relate to -- but the exact opposite... I want our music to come across like someone whispering into your ear and going right inside your brain. Instead of letting the sound go from our mouths and our hands through a thousand rock pretenses and Spinal Tap-isms, I want it to be like we're right in front of you. That's the kind of intimacy and trust I'd like the band to achieve."
"It seems to me that references to bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin meant more to me a year ago and all those old things are totally losing importance."
"You give me a @#$%& kazoo and I'll write you a good song."
"Music is 99% of my life. But I know I need a break. Besides, if you give people too much, they start to not want it. We need to restrain ourselves."
"About six months ago, I listened to Siamese Dream. That was the first time I'd ever really heard my own album, because I had separated from the experience of making the record. And it really moved me. It made me cry, it's so beautiful."
Smashing Pumpkins Awards:
7 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video: Best Direction (Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris), Best Special Effects (Chris Staves), Best Art Direction (K.K. Barrett & Wayne White), and Best Cinematography (Decklan Quinn) for "Tonight, Tonight," and Best Alternative Video for "1979"
American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Bullet With Butterfly Wings")
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("The End Is The Beginning Is The End").
VH1/Vogue Fashion Award for Visionary Video ("Stand Inside Your Love").
Gibson Guitar Award for Best Bassist Female (Given to Melissa Auf Der Maur)