William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. (born March 17, 1967) is an American musician, songwriter, producer, and poet, best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois, in 1987, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. The band's direction has largely been driven by Corgan through his confessional lyrics, grandiose production values, and virtuosic musical interplay. In three years, The Smashing Pumpkins had transformed themselves into a major label success. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band's increasing fame in the 1990s until their break-up in 2000. Corgan started a new band called Zwan, and after their quick demise, he released a solo album (TheFutureEmbrace) and a collection of poetry (Blinking with Fists) before setting his sights on reforming the Smashing Pumpkins.
- Billy Corgan chats with Shaun Keavenyhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p0293njw.jpg2014-10-21T10:15:00ZSmashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan joins Shaun Keavenyhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p0293nnlSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 16 mins
Billy Corgan chats with Shaun Keaveny
- The First Time With...Billy Corganhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cknxl.jpg2012-08-20T23:00:44ZMatt Everitt continues his series of The First Time by talking to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p00xmw5jSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 33 mins
The First Time With...Billy Corgan
- Billy Corgan on Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream.http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cd6nc.jpg2011-11-21T20:00:00ZZane's Masterpieces returns with Billy Corgan talking about The Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 album Siamese Dream. Find out why the album is considered a classic.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/clips#p00m0lqnSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
Billy Corgan on Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream.