Once widely viewed as poor relations to Nirvanas major label alternative rock, Chicago, USAs Smashing Pumpkins, led by Billy Corgan (William Patrick Corgan Jnr., 17 March 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA; vocals/guitar) persevered to gradually increasing commercial acceptance and press veneration. Corgans inspirations, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Doors and Black Sabbath, as well as a professional jazz musician father, add up to a powerful musical cocktail over which his lyrics, which frequently cross the threshold of normality and even sanity, float unsettlingly. The rest of the band comprised DArcy Wretzky (b. 1 May 1968, South Haven, Michigan, USA; bass), James Iha (b. 26 March 1968, Chicago, Illinois, USA; guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (b. James Joseph Chamberlin, 10 June 1964, Joliet, Illinois, USA; drums). Smashing Pumpkins made their official debut with a drum machine at the Avalon club in Chicago. Chamberlain was then drafted in from a...
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