The history of the Smashing Pumpkins summarized in a timeline, slide show format:
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Smashing Pumpkins is an alternative rock band originally from Chicago, United States, whose history includes 11 studio albums over more than 30 years of existence. From its origins in the late eighties until 2021 the band has gone through several changes in its formation, but always fronted by the leader of the group, Billy Corgan.
We will also review side projects, such as Zwan, Billy Corgan soloist and the Jimmy Chamberlin Complex.
Different eras in The Smashing Pumpkins history
The history of the Smashing Pumpkins tends to be schematically separated into two: 1988 to 2000, and 2006 to the present.
First era, 1988 to 2000: from the original and most successful line-up. Billy Corgan (voice, guitar), James Iha (guitar), D´Arcy Wretsky (bass) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums). Two of his most successful albums, Siamese Dream (1993) and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995) are from that time.
In this first stage Smashing Pumpkins released six studio albums: Gish (1991), the aforementioned Siamese Dream (1993) and Mellon Collie (1995), Adore (1998), Machina / The Machines of God and Machina II / Friends and enemies of modern music (both 2000).
Second stage, 2007 to present: with Billy Corgan as the only permanent member, the bassists Melisa Auf der Maur, Nicole Fiorentino and Ginger Reyes, as well as the drummer Mike Byrne have passed through the Smashing Pumpins. Permanently, the current guitarist Jeff Schroeder was added. Of the original members, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin participated in three albums of this stage and guitarist James Iha participated in the last two.
In its second stage, without original or stable line-up, Smashing Pumpkins released five studio albums: Zeitgeist (2007), Oceania (2012), Monuments to an Elegy (2014), Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol 1 (2018) and CYR ( 2020). We must also add the single tracks as a digital single from the Teargarden by Kaleydiscope project (2009 to 2017).
Smashing Pumpkins Chronology
First Era of the Smashing Pumpkins
1991: Gish, Debut LP
1993: Siamese Dream. Multiplatinum album
1995. Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness. Double album, multiplatinum
1996: drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is kicked out of the band
1998: Adore is released
1999: Jimmy Chamberlin is back in The Smashing Pumpkins
2000: They edit the album Machina / The Machines of God and Machina II / Friends and enemies of modern music. They announce its dissolution. Bassist D’arcy had already left the Smashing Pumpkins and was replaced by Melissa Auf der Maur for the tour.
Second era of The Smashing Pumpkins
2006: Billy Corgan decides to reactivate the Smashing Pumpkins. The only original member to join is Jimmy Chamberlin.
2007: They edit Zeitgeist. They add bassist Ginger Reyes and guitarist Jeff Schroeder to their line-up.
2009: Jimmy Chamberlin leaves the Smashing Pumpkins. His replacement is Mike Byrne. The Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project begins here, which is not initially based on LPS but on digital singles.
2010: Ginger Reyes leaves the band, without having participated in studio recordings.
Billy Corgan decides to stop reseasling full lenght albums to digitally edit songs. From there come the “EPs” Songs for a Sailor and The Solstice Bare, in addition to the tracks Lightning strikes and Owata. After these recordings, bassist Nicole Fiorentino joined the Smashing Pumpkins.
At this point, the Smashing Pumpkins are back in a “relatively stable” lineup of four.
2012: They release Oceania, their first LP in five years.
2013: Mike Byrne and Nicole Fiorentino leave the band. Smashing Pumpkins is only made up of Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder.
2014: With the assistance of drummer Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), they edit Monuments to an Elegy.
2017: EThe Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project is officially abandoned.
2018: The Smashing Pumpkins once again has Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha in its line-up. Bassist D´arcy Wretsky is not reinstated.
They release Shiny and Oh so Bright Vol.1/ No Past, No Present, No sun
2020: CYR is released
2021: They plan to reissue the Machina album, but as it was originally conceived.
Spin Offs: Zwan, Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin
During the period when the Smashing Pumpkins did not exist (2001 to 2005), Billy Corgan formed Zwan with bassist Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, now The Pixies), guitarists Matt Sweeney and David Pajo and Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. . They released a single album, Mary Star from The Sea, in 2003.
Billy Corgan released four albums as a solo artist: TheFutureEmbrace (2005), Aegea (2014), Ogilala (2017) and Cotillions (2019).
James Iha as a soloist released two albums: Let it Come Down (1998) and Look to the Sky in 2012.
Jimmy Chamberlin formed his progressive project The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, with which he edited Life Begins Again in 2005.