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- The Smashing Pumpkins - Glastonbury highlightshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01dk4h2.jpg2013-07-31T21:30:00ZHighlights of The Smashing Pumpkins' Other stage set at Glastonbury 2013.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p01dk4hwSelected ClipSelected ClipVideo 3 mins
The Smashing Pumpkins - Glastonbury highlights
- 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/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00xmw5jSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 33 mins
The First Time With...Billy Corgan
- Billy Corgan in conversation with Zane Lowehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02chbw3.jpg2012-06-18T23:00:23ZBilly Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins chats to Zane about the band's new album, Oceania.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00v0hvzSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 12 mins
Billy Corgan in conversation with Zane Lowe
- Smashing Pumpkins - Zane Lowe's Masterpieceshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cd7y6.jpg2011-11-21T21:00:00ZZane's Masterpieces returns with The Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 album Siamese Dream. Find out why the album is considered a classic.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00m20mfSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 43 mins
Smashing Pumpkins - Zane Lowe's Masterpieces
- Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 on Siamese Dreamhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cd6nk.jpg2011-11-21T20:00:00ZMark Hoppus the bass guitarist from Blink-182 talks about the make up of the album from the lyrics to its production. He recollects about buying the album and blasting it out of his home stereo.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00m0lwdSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 22 s
Mark Hoppus from Blink-182 on Siamese Dream
- Gary Lightbody on The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dreamhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cd6nh.jpg2011-11-21T20:00:00ZSnow Patrol's Gary Lightbody tells us why he was so impressed by The Smashing Pumpkins' 1993 album Siamese Dream.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00m0lv7Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 22 s
Gary Lightbody on The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream
- 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/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00m0lqnSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 2 mins
Billy Corgan on Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream.
- Butch Vig on producing Siamese Dreamhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cd6n7.jpg2011-11-21T20:00:00ZZane is interviews Butch Vig about producing this masterpiece with The Smashing Pumpkins. Vig talks about his experiences and the scene at the time. Also find out why he dressed up in animal costume during a recording session.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00m0ln7Selected ClipSelected ClipAudio 4 mins
Butch Vig on producing Siamese Dream
- Dan from The Wombats on The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dreamhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02cd6mf.jpg2011-11-21T20:00:00ZDan from The Wombats explains why he thinks the Smashing Pumkins' album Siamese Dream is a Masterpiece.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00m0lcxSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 19 s
Dan from The Wombats on The Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream
- Zane Lowe - Masterpieces 2011 revealedhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ccw2g.jpg2011-11-01T00:00:00ZZane Lowe reveals the nominations for the 2011 Masterpieces series.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ba0d6274-db14-4ef5-b28d-657ebde1a396?clipfocus=p00lk2hkSelected ClipSelected ClipAudio 3 mins
Zane Lowe - Masterpieces 2011 revealed
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The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 1988. Formed by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar) and James Iha (guitar), the band included D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) in its original incarnation. It has undergone many line-up changes over the course of its existence, with the current lineup including Corgan, rhythm guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Chamberlin.
Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, the Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal, dream pop, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, shoegazing, and electronica in later recordings. Corgan is the group's primary songwriter—his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band's albums and songs, which have been described as "anguished, bruised reports from Billy Corgan's nightmare-land".
The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, 1993's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their 1995 follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. With 20 million albums sold in the United States alone, the Smashing Pumpkins was one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a 2000 break-up.