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[[caption-width-right:350:"Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time..."[[note]]The current band. From L to R: Nicole Fiorentino, Billy Corgan, Mike Byrne, Jeff Schroeder[[/note]]]]

->''"My kids love you, and thanks to your gloomy music they've finally stopped dreaming of a future I can't possibly provide."''
-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]'''

Formed in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins are a {{grunge}} band, Kind of, or... maybe a {{shoegazing}} band? No, what about {{gothic metal}}? Not really that either. The Smashing Pumpkins are a NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly band from [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} the Windy City]] consisting of Billy Corgan. Okay, that's not true, there's three or four other band members (one of them being a female bassist), but Corgan's the songwriter, lead vocalist and the only member who's been present throughout the band's entire lifespan, so we'll start from there.

The band is known for its angsty lyrics combined with heavy metal guitars and dense production. Other features include an epic scope (perhaps best displayed by the music video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQSxwzOngMU Tonight, Tonight]]'') and Corgan's nasal singing voice. After sticking to mostly heavy rock with experimental/psychedelic/progressive elements for their first three albums, the Pumpkins swerved over into electronica territory for one entry, returning to form thereafter due to significant fan disappointment. They were also one of the first bands to experiment with online distribution: ''Machina II / The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music'' had a print run of exactly 25 vinyl records given to select friends, family and fans, with orders attached to rip and upload to the Internet for free.

Almost as tumultuous was the band's internal affairs. The band consisted originally of secondary guitarist James Iha, bassist D'arcy Wretzky, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin[[note]]who joined the band after Cabaret Metro owner Joe Shanahan told Corgan that he would only book the band if they got a drummer instead of using a drum machine[[/note]] and (of course) Corgan, whose obsessive perfectionism drove the others to distraction; Iha and Wretzky were often {{Garfunkel}}ed on albums, their parts re-done by Corgan[[note]]Wretzky didn't seem to have a big problem with this - she admitted Corgan tended to record them quicker and more efficiently during ''Siamese Dream''[[/note]]. Plus, Chamberlin, described by Iha and Wretzky as the only non-Corgan member who was actually important to the band's sound, was also an inveterate druggie. The result was a band plagued by {{Troubled Production}}s and often teetering on the edge of full-on CreatorBreakdown. Then tragedy struck during the ''Mellon Collie'' tour, when session keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of a heroin overdose while shooting up with Chamberlin. Jimmy was fired, which might have had something to do with the electronica sound of ''Adore''[[note]]one of the key elements of rock & roll is how you use your drums. They didn't ''have'' a drummer[[/note]]. Unfortunately, people listen to the Pumpkins ''for'' their rock sound, and ''Adore'' was pretty much a wipe commercially (though it did receive some of the best reviews of the band's career). Chamberlin straightened himself out and rejoined, just in time for Wretzky to quit, replaced by {{Hole}} bassist Melissa Auf der Maur, and the band produced one more album (well, [[ExecutiveMeddling technically two]]) before announcing they would break up at the end of 2000. And, for a while, all was quiet in Pumpkinland.

In '05, Corgan released his solo album. He then upstaged himself by, on the very same day, announcing that he was reforming the Smashing Pumpkins. He and Chamberlin were the only permanent members (Iha and Wretzky are on record as declining to participate, and Auf Der Maur's offer to rejoin wasn't accepted), which also changed after the release of their first post-reunion album. Chamberlin's split was amicable this time; he has been replaced by the 19-year-old newcomer Mike Byrne, and current bassist Nicole Fiorentino and guitarist Jeff Schroeder are also participating in-studio. The Pumpkins are once again experimenting with digital distribution; their next album, ''Teargarden by Kaleidyscope'' [sic], is going to be released, song by song, for free on [[http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ the band's website]].

The Pumpkins claim inspiration from bands like Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Boston}}, Music/MyBloodyValentine and Music/TheCure. What is really interesting, though, is that almost nobody claims to take any inspiration from ''them''; just about the only bands on record for that are MyChemicalRomance, Kill Hannah, and neo-[[{{Shoegazing}} shoegaze]] band SilversunPickups (though considerably less than is often credited to them; the band hadn't even listened to ''Siamese Dream'' until after their first album). Oh, and they're on GuitarHero, RockBand and the soundtracks for several blockbuster movies, such as the first live-action ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' excursion. Corgan was also featured as a playable character in GuitarHero World Tour.

!!Studio album discography:
* ''Gish'' (1991) - the debut album, occasionally overlooked.
* ''Siamese Dream'' (1993) - the mainstream breakthrough, mainly because of "Today" and "Disarm".
** The two were remastered and reissued in 2011.
* ''Music/MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness'' (1995) - the epic double album.
** Remastered and released in 2012.
* ''Adore'' (1998) - the folk/electronica album.
* ''[=Machina/The Machines of God=]'' (2000) - the attempted comeback.
* ''[=Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music=]'' (2000) - not a commercial release and, for that matter, was not intended to be; Corgan wanted Virgin Records to make the album free to anyone who had bought ''Machina I''. When they declined, he just gave it to ''everyone''.
* ''Zeitgeist'' (2007) - the first post-reunion album.
* ''Teargarden By Kaleidyscope'' - [[ScheduleSlip under construction.]]
** ''Oceania'' (2012) - a 13 track "Album within an Album". [[HesBack Generally agreed to be their best post-]]''[[HesBack Adore]]'' [[HesBack album]].

There's also a bunch of [=EPs=] and compilations like:
* ''Lull'' (1991) - first EP. In Billy's words: ''the [=EP=] was really supposed to be a single but [[ExecutiveMeddling they tricked me]].''
* ''Pisces Iscariot'' (1994) - compilation of {{BSide}}s, demos and outtakes from the 'Gish' and 'Siamese Dream' era.
* ''Vieuphoria'' (1994) - a video compilation of various live performances, mostly from the ''Siamese Dream'' tour, plus comedy bits (usually centred on friends The Frogs), interviews, and other features. It was reissued on DVD in 2002 with several extras, including a complete interview and some additional performance footage from 1994 that Corgan had found before the release date. Similarly, its soundtrack was initially released as a promo CD in 1994, titled ''Earphoria'', and then officially released in 2002. ''Earphoria'' retains a segment where the band jokingly played part of [[WizardOfOz "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"]] during a medley of "Silverfuck" and "Jackboot", whereas the ''Vieuphoria'' footage had to [[ClumsyCopyrightCensorship edit that part out due to licensing costs]].
* ''The Aeroplane Flies High'' (1996) - box set including all the singles and B-sides from the ''Mellon Collie'' era.
* ''Judas ∅'' (2001) - more B-sides and rarities, bonus disc coming with the GreatestHitsAlbum ''Rotten Apples''.
* ''Rarities and B-Sides'' (2005) - ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: gathering just about every B-side and rarity for a total of 114 tracks.
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!!Provides examples of:

* ArcWords: "My one and only" on ''Mellon Collie.'' It shows up in "X.Y.U.," "Zero," [[CaptainObvious "Lily (My One and Only)",]] and "By Starlight."
* BaldOfAwesome: Billy, starting in the Mellon Collie era, although some may view it as BaldOfEvil.
** The "Ava Adore" music video [[NightmareFuel really supports this hypothesis.]]
* BookEnds:
** The first track on disc 1 of ''Mellon Collie'', "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness," has a running time of 2:52, as does the last track on disc 1, "Take Me Down." The first track on disc 2, "Where Boys Fear to Tread," is 4:22, as is the last track on disc 2, "Farewell and Goodnight." Furthermore, the piano theme at the end of "Farewell and Goodnight" is a reprise of the eponymous instrumental (the theme also appears in a different key at the end of "Thru the Eyes of Ruby").
** The same lines from the start of "Appels + Oranjes" from ''Adore'' are repeated near the end.
* CallBack: The opening lines of the heaviest song on ''Mellon Collie,'' "Tales of a Scorched Earth" ("farewell, goodnight, last one out turn out the lights"), are echoed in "Farewell and Goodnight," which is the sweetest and quietest song on the album, and is basically a lullaby.
* CarefulWithThatAxe
* CelebrityResemblance: Since Billy shaved his head, he looks like the twin of [[{{Soilwork}} Bjorn Strid.]]
* ConceptAlbum: ''Mellon Collie'' (which Corgan called "''Music/TheWall'' for Generation X", though is a rather loose concept about coming of age); both ''Machina'' albums (about a boy hearing the voice of God in the radio and fashioning himself into a CaptainErsatz version of Billy Corgan, fronting a rock band; chart by Billy [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/49/Machina_chart.jpg here]]); and ''Teargarden'' (similar chart [[http://thesmashingpumpkins.tumblr.com/post/759643615/teargarden-whiteboard here]]).
* CoverVersion: "A Girl Named Sandoz" by Music/TheAnimals, "Terrapin" by Syd Barrett, "Landslide" by Music/FleetwoodMac, "Dancing in the Moonlight" by Music/ThinLizzy, "You're All I've Got Tonight" by Music/TheCars, "Clones (We're All)" by David Carron, "A Night Like This" by Music/TheCure, "Destination Unknown" by MissingPersons, "Dreaming" by Music/{{Blondie}}, the classic pop tune "My Blue Heaven", "Rock On" by David Essex, "Soul Power" by Music/JamesBrown, "Sad Peter Pan" by Vic Chestnutt, and those are just the ones that made it onto albums and compilations.
** The band has taken to performing "Space Oddity" by Music/DavidBowie during shows on the Oceania tour.
* ConveyorBeltVideo, TheOner: "Ava Adore". If it doesn't click in that it's a oner, the halfway point where the camera spins around and reveals the camera's track and all of the sets will do it.
* DescriptionCut: Used in the ''Vieuphoria'' segment "Bugg Superstar" - After a clip of a fan speculating about the "cool, artsy life" James Iha must live, we then see James sleeping in a very messy bed with his clothes and sneakers still on.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: Subverted. As mentioned above, ''Machina II'' was intended to be leaked onto the internet for free. ''Teargarden by Kaleidyscope'' is being released song-by-song for free on the band's website.
* DoomsdayClock: The TropeNamer, with a song of the same name on ''Zeitgeist''.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: James Iha playing a WholesomeCrossdresser in the video for "Today."
** Corgan's stage attire has often included dresses/skirts.
* EpicRocking: Quite a lot - "Rhinoceros", "Hummer", "Soma", "Silverfuck", "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", "Thru The Eyes of Ruby", "X.Y.U.", "Tear", "Shame", "Cherub Rock," "For Martha", "Glass and the Ghost Children", "Heavy Metal Machine (alternate take)", "In My Body", "Starla", "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" ...oh, we could go on.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "Perfect" into "Daphne Descends."
** "Where Boys Fear to Tread" abruptly cuts off into the radio static at the beginning of "Bodies."
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: "Disarm".
* GaiasLament: Discussed vaguely in "Appels + Oranjes" from ''Adore'', and more directly in "Doomsday Clock" from ''Zeitgeist''.
* GrandFinale: The last show at the Metro in 2000 arguably.([[http://www.splra.org/wiki/index.php?title=Tsp2000-12-02 link]]).
* GriefSong: "Glynis" is a tribute to Glynis Johnson, the bassist of the band Red Red Meat, who toured with the Pumpkins and died of complications from [=AIDS=] one year before the song was released on the [=HIV=] benefit album ''No Alternative''.
* {{Grunge}}: They benefited heavily from the AlternativeRock wave out of UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} to the degree of having their song "Drown" featured on the soundtrack to the Seattle film ''Film/{{Singles}}'' alongside Music/AliceInChains, Music/PearlJam, and Music/{{Soundgarden}} but they don't really fit into the scene because they had a more experimental sound, probably closer to pure AlternativeRock or even AlternativeMetal. They went out of their way to distance themselves from the failing movement for their second album.
* HeavyMeta
* IAmTheBand: Billy Corgan, to the point where Corgan threw out Iha and Wretzky's parts on ''Siamese Dream'' and re-recorded them himself. This attitude while recording [[IncrediblyLamePun mellowed]] out for the next album but Corgan always kept this demeanor.
* {{Irony}}
* TheKillerInMe: Mentioned by name in "Disarm."
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Zeitgeist'' came in ''six'' different versions, only one of which actually contained the title track.
* LineOfSightName: Corgan said he got the title of "Mayonaise" from looking in his fridge.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Bullet With Butterfly Wings". You know the line. "The world is a vampire."
* LyricalDissonance: "Today" - musically (mostly) upbeat, lyrically [[SarcasmMode sarcastic]] and based on Corgan's depression and suicidal thoughts.
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "Tonight Tonight". The video is essentially a shot-for-shot remake of the 1902 sci-fi short ''A Trip to the Moon''.
* MetalScream
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Anywhere from a 1 ("Tonite Reprise," "Take Me Down") to 8 ("X.Y.U.," "Tales of a Scorched Earth"). The aforementioned "X.Y.U" is arguably in a 9. But generally in the 2 (Tonight Tonight) to 6 (Bullet With Butterfly Wings) range.
** Many live cuts push their respective songs' ratings up one or two notches. "Fuck You (An Ode to No One)" from their "last show" at the Chicago Metro in 2000 is an easy 9.
* MoodWhiplash: ''Mellon Collie'' utilizes this quite effectively (and often):
** The beautiful "1979" is followed by the Pumpkins' heaviest song, "Tales of a Scorched Earth". On vinyl, despite the re-arranged tracklisting, Galapogos" precedes "Tales", keeping similar whiplash intact.
** "Take Me Down" (the last track on disc 1) is followed by "Where Boys Fear to Tread" (the first track on disc 2).
** "Thirty-Three" follows "Bodies."
** "Stumbleine" is right before "X.Y.U."
* MusicVideoOvershadowing: for "Today", a [[LyricalDissonance Lyrically Dissonant]] song about suicide
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: They're a goth-dream pop-progressive-psychedelic-electronica-metal-shoegaze-alternative rock band.
* NonAppearingTitle: Frequently.
** Billy, regarding song titles: "Say you write a song about a chandelier, and the chandelier gives off light. And the light is the color red and red reminds you of the color you're not supposed to wear around a bull. So you name the song Cow."
** "Rhinoceros" is slightly more sneaky about this. The chorus is "she knows, she knows, she knows." It ''sounds,'' however, like [[IncrediblyLamePun "she ''nose,'' ]][[StealthPun she ''nose,'' she..."]]
** Sometimes complicated by the song's NonAppearingTitle appearing in ''other'' songs (For example, "Where Boys Fear to Tread" is mentioned in "Cherry").
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Pug" and "Annie-Dog," which take very different views on the subject.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Corgan, even when doing the MetalScream CarefulWithThatAxe thing.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Machina'''s final track "Age of Innocence" contains the only instance of profanity on the entire record.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: [[WordSaladLyrics "I. AM. MADE. OF. SHAMROCKS,]] I. AM. MADE. OF. STERN STUFF." ("X.Y.U.") "GOD! RIGHT ON! KRISHNA! RIGHT ON!" from "Quasar".
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Melvoin's death is supposedly the inspiration for SarahMcLachlan's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LuGzwNy2ws Angel]]".
* RefrainFromAssuming: "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"—you know, TheOneWith The Rat In The Cage?
** It's "Ava Adore", not "We Must Never Be Apart".
** It's "Disarm", not "The Killer In Me" or any variation of.
** "Quasar," not "Right On."
* {{Retraux}}: the "Tonight, Tonight" music video.
* ShapedLikeItself: This line from "Disarm": "What I choose is my choice."
* ShoutOut: Corgan mentioned that ''Gish'' was named as a reference to Creator/LillianGish, specifically because his grandmother would tell him that she lived in a town in "the middle of nowhere" and one of the most important things that happened was Gish riding through said town in a train. He also joked at one point that it was originally named "Fish" but changed the name to avoid confusions with {{Phish}}.
** "Siva" was originally named "Shiva" as a reference to the Tantric concepts of Shiva and Shakti, but Corgan changed the name slightly because he didn't want people to assume it referred to the Hindu god Shiva.
* SiameseTwinSongs: Several, [[{{Irony}} though none of them are on]] ''[[{{Irony}} Siamese Dream]]'':
** "Medellia of the Gray Skies" and "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" were intended as this, but only "Porcelina" made the final album cut.
** "Ugly" and "Beautiful" are thematic counterparts, but, as with the "Medellia"/"Porcelina" pairing, only the latter made the cut. Luckily, both of them made it to ''Rarities and B-Sides''.
** "Tonight Tonight" and "Tonite Reprise."
** "Quasar" and "Panopticon."
* SpellMyNameWithAThe. 'Smashing' is an adjective in this case.
** Their name on their first album was in an arc, so they removed the "the" to make it more symmetrical. Confusion ensued.
** The reason why it was also lacking a "the" on ''Siamese Dream'' is a mystery though, especially since the "the" shows up in the CD edition's booklet.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: D'arcy sings "Daydream" and adds additional vocals to "Beautiful", "Where Boys Fear to Tread," "We Only Come Out at Night", "Farewell and Goodnight" (which has backing vocals by all four bandmembers) and "Dancing in the Moonlight". James did this occasionally on his own tunes and otherwise, but most of them to get shunted to B-sides - "Take Me Down" was the only one that made it to ''Mellon Collie'', "Blew Away" got relegated to ''Pisces Iscariot'', "...said sadly" (with [[TheCameo additional vocals]] by Nina Gordon) and the cover of "Terrapin" were released on the ''Rarities & B-sides'' compilation, and so on.
** D'arcy had actually recorded numerous backing vocals for ''Mellon Collie'', but in a {{Jerkass}}y move, Billy erased most of them.
* StopAndGo: "Quasar."
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: After D'arcy Wretzky and James Iha declined to participate in the second incarnation of the band, Billy replaced them with...another female bassist and an Asian-American guitarist.
** Paz Lenchantin and David Pajo played these roles in Zwan.
* TitleByNumber: "1979", "Zero" and "Thirty-Three", (more if you count songs that were never officially released).
* TitleDrop: Too many straight examples and [[NonAppearingTitle aversions]] to list here. Examples of ''near''-title drops, however, include "Where Boys Fear to Tread" (which contains the line "to ''tread'' lightning/and ink the lavender skies" but the full title is never said) and "Jellybelly" (which contains the line "down in the ''belly'' of the beast").
* UnusualEuphemism: "I took a Virgin Mary axe to his sweet baby jane... coiled my tongue 'round her bumblebee mouth."
* WordSaladLyrics: "X.Y.U." combines this vocals that alternate between [[PerishingAltRockVoice perishing]] and screaming to bizarre and terrifying effect.
* {{Word Salad Title}}s: Billy has frequently given songs seemingly nonsensical titles, like "Geek U.S.A.", "Silverfuck", "Whir", "Galapogos", "Muzzle", "Stumbleine", "X.Y.U.", "Slunk", "Bye June", "Plume", "Pissant", "Purr Snickety", "Honeyspider", "Set the Ray to Jerry", "Meladori Magpie" and "Pulseczar", to name a few. Typically, these titles do mean something or relate to the song somehow, but in a roundabout way.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Some of Corgan's song titles are based on misspellings, like "Mayonaise", "Siva" and "Appels + Oranjes".

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