Smashing Pumpkins

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Descriptive "tags": alternative alternative rock grunge rock 90s american hard rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Once widely viewed as poor relations to Nirvana’s major label alternative rock, Chicago, USA’s 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. Corgan’s 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 D’Arcy 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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