Formed in by frontman Billy Corgan lead vocals, guitar , D'arcy Wretzky bass , James Iha guitar , and Jimmy Chamberlin drums , the band has undergone many line-up changes. Disavowing the punk rock roots of many of their alt-rock contemporaries, they 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 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, 's Siamese Dream. The group built its audience with extensive touring and their follow-up, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness , debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart. However, internal fighting, drug use, and diminishing record sales led to a break-up. After touring throughout and with a lineup including new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Chamberlin left the band in early Later that year, Corgan began a new recording series with a rotating lineup of musicians entitled Teargarden by Kaleidyscope , which encompassed the release of stand-alone singles, compilation EP releases, and two full albums that also fell under the project's scope— Oceania in and Monuments to an Elegy in
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By Joe Coscarelli. A confident mastermind with omnivorous ambitions, Mr. There was no shortage of music either, including two solo albums and one with Zwan, as well as various iterations of the Smashing Pumpkins that Mr.
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Read 10 things you might not know about Smashing Pumpkins' 'Siamese Dream,' in honor of the alt-rock landmark's 25th anniversary. Suddenly, boom: Nirvana. According to Corgan, by the time they got around to writing and recording Siamese Dream , those insecurities were stacking up. Surprisingly, the album turned out to be a revelation — a technicolor take on grunge that offered moments of delicacy and even euphoria amid gigantically thick riffs. Siamese Dream cracked the Top 10 in the U. A quarter-century later, the tension still lingers. Not surprisingly, songs from the album make up a healthy portion of the set. What better moment, then, for 10 tantalizing facts you might not know about this expectation-defying classic? A nervous breakdown and an intraband breakup set the stage for the album. Corgan had a nervous breakdown just before making Siamese Dream.