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

[floatboxright: Influences:
+Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Boston}}, Music/MyBloodyValentine, Music/TheCure, Music/ElectricLightOrchestra, Music/JoyDivision, Music/DepecheMode, Music/{{Cream}}, Music/TheStooges, Music/{{Ride}}, Music/{{Slowdive}}, Music/{{Bauhaus}}, Music/BlueCheer
]

->'''Homer Simpson:''' My kids love you, and thanks to your gloomy music they've finally stopped dreaming of a future I can't possibly provide.\\
'''Billy Corgan:''' Well, we try to make a difference.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E24Homerpalooza Homerpalooza]]"

Formed in [[LongRunner 1988]], The Smashing Pumpkins are an alternative rock band (with strong NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly leanings) from [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} the Windy City]] consisting of [[Creator/MarkPrindle singer/songwriter/dictator]] 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 ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOG3eus4ZSo 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 folk rock and electronica territory for one album (''Music/{{Adore}}''), 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 second 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 Music/{{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 the interim, Corgan formed a new band, Zwan, with Chamberlin, Music/{{Slint}}[=/=]Tortoise guitarist David Pajo, Music/APerfectCircle member Paz Lenchantin, and New Jersey-based guitarist Matt Sweeney. The {{Supergroup}} toured extensively and, in 2003, released the album ''Mary Star of the Sea'', which was fairly similar in sound to ''Siamese Dream'', but with more PowerPop and PostRock influence (perhaps unsurprising considering the band's pedigree). The album was well-received critically and debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts, selling 90,000 copies in its first week, but it quickly fell down the charts, and ultimately fell fall short of the commercial performance of any Pumpkins album. The album actually reflected only one of two sides of Zwan, that of True Poets of Zwan. The other, Djali Zwan, was more acoustic and featured cellist Ana Lenchantin (Paz' sister). However, Djali Zwan never officially released any material, because personality conflicts between members resulted in the band's breakup. For a long time, Corgan refused to play Zwan material live and seemed to have nothing but vitriol towards some of his erstwhile bandmates in Zwan, though his stance has softened somewhat in recent years, and he began performing Zwan material again in 2014. It remains to be seen whether re-releases of Zwan material will follow; there is rumoured to be a rather substantial amount of music in the vaults.

In '05, Corgan released his first solo album, ''The Future Embrace''. 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; they planned to release ''Teargarden by Kaleidyscope'' [sic] song by song for free on [[http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/ their website]]. This concept was initially interrupted by 2012's ''Oceania'', an album released the traditional way; with the subsequent release of 2014's ''Monuments to an Elegy'' and another album set for sometime in the near future, the experiment appears to be concluded.

The Pumpkins claim inspiration from bands like Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Boston}}, Music/MyBloodyValentine and Music/TheCure. They have, in fact, been almost deliberately unfashionable at times - Corgan has noted that his musical interests, such as HeavyMetal, PsychedelicRock, and ProgressiveRock, were completely out of fashion during the early '90s when the band first found its commercial success, particularly with critics.[[note]]Corgan cited the late Music/{{Pantera}} guitarist Dimebag Darrell as his favourite contemporary guitarist and, when an interviewer mentioned his love of metal, raved at length about his love of Music/BlackSabbath's ''Master of Reality'' and Music/JudasPriest's ''Unleashed in the East''.[[/note]] Some critics have even credited the Pumpkins with helping metal (re)gain critical legitimacy. What is really interesting, though, is that almost nobody claims to take any inspiration from ''them''; just about the only bands/artists on record for that are Music/MyChemicalRomance, Music/PanicAtTheDisco, Music/MarilynManson, Kill Hannah, Music/TeganAndSara, Music/NellyFurtado, and neo-[[{{Shoegazing}} shoegaze]] band Music/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 VideoGame/GuitarHero, VideoGame/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 VideoGame/GuitarHero World Tour.

For years, Corgan doesn't seem to have spoken to Iha or Wretzky. However, Iha joined Corgan, Chamberlin, and Schroeder onstage on March 16, 2016 (Iha's birthday). Since then, he has made a few additional appearances with Corgan, including providing guest guitar/Mellotron for one song on Corgan's second solo album, 2017's ''Ogalia''. In August 2017, Corgan also indicated that he had been speaking to Wretzky for the first time in years. Corgan and Chamberlin have both hinted that the original lineup may reunite, and while no official confirmation has been made, in January 2018, Corgan tweeted out a photo of himself, Iha, and Chamberlin in a recording studio. In february it was confirmed that both Iha and Chamberlin were back in the band. As for Wretzky however, she and Corgan had another fall-out, which resulted in her not being a part of the reunion.
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!! Studio album discography:
* ''Gish'' (1991) - the debut album, occasionally overlooked.
* ''Music/SiameseDream'' (1993) - the mainstream breakthrough, mainly because of "Today" and "Disarm".
** The two were remastered and reissued in 2011. Each had a bonus CD and a bonus DVD.
* ''Music/MellonCollieAndTheInfiniteSadness'' (1995) - the epic double album.
** Remastered and reissued in 2012, with three bonus CD's and a bonus DVD.
* ''Music/{{Adore}}'' (1998) - the folk / electronica album.
** Remastered and reissued in 2014, with five bonus CD's and a bonus DVD.
* ''Machina / The Machines of God'' (2000) - the attempted comeback.
** A remastered reissue was originally scheduled for 2015 but has been subject to DevelopmentHell and/or ScheduleSlip, evidently due to issues with litigious record companies. It is intended to include all of the material from ''Machina II'' (sequenced to fit Corgan's original concept of a double album, before ExecutiveMeddling set in) as well as additional bonus material, presumably around the size of the ''Adore'' reissue.
* ''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]].
* ''Monuments to an Elegy'' (2014)
* ''Day for Night'' (expected to be released in 2018)

There's also a bunch of EP's 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.
** Remastered and reissued in 2012, with a bonus CD, a bonus DVD, a bonus cassette, and (in some versions) a bonus 7" single.
* ''Vieuphoria'' (1994) - a video compilation of various live performances, mostly from the ''Siamese Dream'' tour, plus comedy bits (usually centered 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 [[Film/TheWizardOfOz "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.
** Remastered and reissued in 2013, with a substantial amount of bonus material on each CD as well as one additional bonus CD and a bonus DVD.
* ''Judas ∅'' (2001) - more B-sides and rarities; released as a limited-edition bonus disc 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. (It's not entirely complete; a few tracks had to be left off because of licensing issues. Many of these were included on the recent deluxe reissues of the albums, however).
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!! "Despite all my tropes I am still just a rat in a cage":

* AdultsAreUseless: In the "Rocket" video, a group of kids build a rocket to travel to another planet to see the Pumpkins perform without as much as a word of questioning from their inattentive parents. They don't really seem to notice until they see the rocket take off.
* 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."
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: They have a few songs with faux-foreign titles. "La Dolly Vita" is one example. "La Vita" means "The Life" in Italian, but "Dolly" doesn't mean anything in Italian at all - it's an English word. (This particular title is probably a PunBasedTitle on ''Film/LaDolceVita''.) Then again, since most of their song titles are {{Word Salad Title}}s anyway, this is par for the course.
* 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.
* BrokenBird: D'arcy's persona for the Mellon Collie and Adore eras.
* 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.
** ''Mellon Collie'' ends with a bedtime song ("Farewell and Goodnight"), on a disc titled "Twilight to Starlight". ''Adore'' opens in the same key and the first line is, "Twilight fades, through blistered Avalon."
* CarefulWithThatAxe:
** "Bullet with Butterfly Wings": "Despite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a... '''CAAAAAAAGE!'''"
** "XYU": "IN THE EYES OF THE JACKAL I SAY KAAAAABOOM"
* CelebrityResemblance: Since Billy shaved his head, he looks like the twin of [[{{Music/Soilwork}} Björn Strid.]]
* ChristmasSongs: They have one, simply titled "Christmastime."
* ClusterFBomb: The lyrics to the extremely serene "Spaced" actually have several examples of this, though because they're mixed quietly and heavily distorted, it's difficult to hear at first. That's actually among the ''least'' [[LyricalDissonance lyrically dissonant]] aspects of the lyrics; the song also appears to deal with issues like ParentalAbuse, though in a rather oblique fashion.
* 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://40.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l4wp8pyTxh1qbh37po1_1280.jpg here]]).
* ConspiracyTheorist: In recent years Corgan seems to have fallen into this.
* CoverVersion: "A Girl Named Sandoz" by Music/TheAnimals, "Terrapin" by Music/SydBarrett, "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 Music/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'' was intended to be released song-by-song for free on the band's website; they released ten songs before abandoning this method.
* DoomsdayClock: Has a song of the same name on ''Zeitgeist''.
* DroneOfDread: The ending of "Obscured" is a sort of PlayedWith example: it ends with droning guitar feedback, but it'll probably manage to escape being a LastNoteNightmare for most listeners because it's still pretty tuneful and somehow fits with the rest of the song.
* 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" (6:30), "Drown" (8:17), "Hummer" (6:56), "Soma" (6:38), "Silverfuck" (8:43), "Starla" (11:01), "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" (9:22), "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (7:38), "X.Y.U." (7:07), "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (8:36), "Tear" (5:54), "Shame" (6:41), "For Martha" (8:17), "Glass and the Ghost Children" (9:56), "Heavy Metal Machine (Alternate Take)" (6:28), "In My Body" (6:44) ...Oh, we could go on.
** Live versions of "Silverfuck" were known to take the 9-minute song as far as 40 minutes. The 2013 reissue of ''The Aeroplane Flies High'' featured an officially released 34:48 version. "Transmission" could go on for a long time, too; the DVD on the reissue of ''Adore'' has a version that goes on for 22:52.
** Billy's other band, Zwan, had "Jesus, I / Mary Star of the Sea", which went on for 14:04. Even if this example is counted as two songs, which it sort of is, "Jesus, I" clocks in at about 7:54 and "Mary Star of the Sea" at about 6:10, depending upon where one places the track division (one could also argue that about three minutes of this track are an interlude that doesn't properly belong to either song, but this particular division places them at the end of "Jesus, I").
** And now, to dive fully down the rabbit hole of re-release bonus tracks.
*** ''Gish'': "Starla (2011 mix)" (11:01); "Drown (alternate guitar solo)" (8:17); the DVD's live versions of "Window Paine" (6:25) and "Sookie Sookie" (6:35).
*** ''Siamese Dream'': "Siamese Dream (Broadway rehearsals demo)" (6:18); "Hello Kitty Kat (Soundworks demo)" (6:14); "Ache (Silverfuck rehearsal demo)" (6:57); "Soma (instrumental mix)" (6:39); the DVD's live versions of "Soma" (7:21), "Starla" (9:21), "Hummer" (8:42), "Siva" (8:35), "Mayonaise" (10:29), "Drown" (8:25), and "Silverfuck" (13:30).
*** ''Pisces Iscariot'': "Crawl (Gish sessions outtake)" (6:55); "Why Am I So Tired (live in studio demo)" (15:14); the bonus DVD's versions of "My Eternity" (7:00) and "Death of a Mind" (6:42). (There are actually several takes of a few tracks on the DVD, but for the sake of this list, each of them is counted as its own track.)
*** ''Mellon Collie'': "X.Y.U. (take 11)" (7:11); "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans (live studio rough)" (9:06); "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (8:33); the live DVD's versions of "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (8:06), "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" (9:41), "Cherub Rock" (6:30), and "X.Y.U." (8:51).
*** ''The Aeroplane Flies High'': in addition to the aforementioned version of "Silverfuck" (34:48), disc six's live versions of "X.Y.U." (7:38), "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans/Beautiful/Rocket medley" (12:33), and "Silverfuck" (13:54), and the DVD's live versions of "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (7:56), "X.Y.U." (10:11), "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" (12:14), and "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)" (10:31).
*** ''Adore'': "For Martha (take 1/CRC demo)" (7:20); disc 6's live versions of "Tear" (7:01), "Blank Page" (7:52), "To Sheila" (7:17), "X.Y.U. Medley" (11:20), and "Transmission" (12:52); the DVD's live versions of "To Sheila" (7:11), "Tear" (9:59), "Thru the Eyes of Ruby" (10:15), "The Tale of Dusty and Pistol Pete" (10:20), "Shame" (9:17), "For Martha" (8:25), "Blank Page" (9:48), and the aforementioned "Transmission" (25:52).
*** ''Machina'': We'll find out what examples there are if the record company ever lets Billy re-release it.
* 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.
* 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''.
** ''Adore'', being recorded in the wake of Corgan's mother's death from cancer, has a number. Obvious examples include "For Martha", "Once Upon a Time", and "Tear".
* {{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
* HeavyMetal: On the whole, they aren't ''exactly'' a metal band, but several of their songs ("Tales of a Scorched Earth", "X.Y.U.", "Zero", "Silverfuck", "The Aeroplane Flies High", etc.) are heavy enough to qualify as metal songs. Corgan is a huge metal fan; as mentioned above, he cited the late Music/{{Pantera}} guitarist Dimebag Darrell as his favourite contemporary guitarist and has been known to gush at length about the works of bands like Music/JudasPriest, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/LedZeppelin, Music/{{Rainbow}}, Music/{{Metallica}}, and others. Some reviewers have even credited the Pumpkins with helping to restore metal's respectability (or to make it respectable in the first place if you felt it'd never been considered respectable before the '90s).
* 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 mellowed out for the next album but Corgan always kept this demeanor.
%%* {{Irony}}
* TheKillerInMe: Mentioned by name in "Disarm."
* LargeAndInCharge: Band leader Billy Corgan stands at a rather imposing 6'4.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Zeitgeist'' came in ''six'' different versions, only one of which actually contained the title track.
** The entire catalogue from ''Gish'' to ''Machina'' is receiving this treatment, with releases intended to take place from 2011 to 2015 (all of the releases through ''Adore'' have already occurred, but ''Machina'', which is intended to be a full-blown ReCut of the album, is evidently stuck in DevelopmentHell due to issues with [[ExecutiveMeddling litigious record companies]]). Each album, including the b-side collections, is being repackaged with alternate takes, demos, outtakes and a live DVD showcasing the band's set from each album's period. While the first few releases were slim affairs, ''Mellon Collie'' emerged with a whopping 5 discs and 1 DVD, and each following release is just getting bigger. ''Adore'' featured the vinyl's mono version in digital for the first time, while ''Machina'' will be the equivalent of a DirectorsCut, sequenced like the original double album that Corgan envisioned, if it ever gets SavedFromDevelopmentHell.
* LineOfSightName: Corgan said he got the title of "Mayonaise" from looking in his fridge.
* LoudnessWar: This has been a particularly bad problem starting with ''Machina'' (although not with ''Machina II'', which was vinyl-only, so not as likely to be a victim of this; the only track on that that had a clipped master was "White Spyder", which was clearly done for [[StylisticSuck artistic purposes]]). ''Zeitgeist'' and the reissues have also had problems with this, although strangely, the reissues have only been really bad on the bonus tracks (for example, the ''Adore'' remaster was [=DR8=] on the stereo version of the album and had minimal clipping, while the mono version was [=DR5=] with lots of clipping and the other bonus CD's had similar ratings and amounts of clipping). The earlier Pumpkins albums were mostly mastered with a fairly large amount of headroom, although the problem had started to creep up with ''The Aeroplane Flies High'', which is clipped in some parts. It's also worth pointing that there's an "pre-mastered" version of ''Machina'' floating around the internets that has a substantially larger amount of dynamic range than the CD (and no clipping). Their usage of this trope also appears to have dropped off with time, as ''Oceania'' is a tolerable [=DR8=] and has very little clipping.
* 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.
** "Spaced" is an even more extreme example, as mentioned above under ClusterFBomb
* LyricsVideoMismatch: "Tonight Tonight". The video is essentially a shot for shot remake of the 1902 sci-fi short ''A Trip to the Moon'', whereas the lyrics have strong a GrowingUpSucks theme.
* MetalScream: Corgan has a pretty sweet one at times, though somehow, even when he uses it, he usually still doesn't entirely escape PerishingAltRockVoice. "Tales of a Scorched Earth" may be the most extreme example one.
* MinisculeRocking: "Pastichio Medley" combines this with EpicRocking in a bizarre example of both tropes. It consists of literally dozens of song snippets stitched together to make a twenty-three minute piece. Most of the snippets last for only about ten seconds, but the last of them, "Die", consists of the same highly dissonant riff repeated for about seven minutes before reprising the riff of "X.Y.U." Several, though nowhere near all, of the songs in the medley were eventually released in their entirety on the re-releases of ''Siamese Dream'', ''Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'', and ''The Aeroplane Flies High''.
** "17", the closing track to ''Adore'', is seventeen seconds of lo-fi piano (excerpted from a piano-only take of their song "Blissed and Gone"), which abruptly ends mid-note. The booklet to the CD includes a short poem about how significant "17 seconds" can be.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: They can go 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, for the most part, they stay in the 2 (Tonight Tonight) to 6 (Bullet with Butterfly Wings) range.
** ''Adore'' ranks lower on the scale than other Pumpkins albums, with most of its songs being about 2-4.
** 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 [[{{Pun}} "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", albeit not quite in that exact order).
* NotChristianRock: Religious themes appear sometimes in the Pumpkins' music, but they are not a Christian rock band.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Billy's looked pretty much the same since 1996. His voice also hasn't changed at all, adding to his young appearance.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Pug" and "Annie-Dog," which take very different views on the subject. While "Pug" is from the perspective of someone [[SafeSaneAndConsensual who enjoys the relationship]], "Annie-Dog" is a narration of the [[TearJerker horr]][[BondageIsBad ible]] lifestyle of someone that may or may not be a prostitute.
* PerishingAltRockVoice: Corgan, even when doing the MetalScream CarefulWithThatAxe thing.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Billy isn't exactly on friendly terms with the LGBT community after more than one incident of calling a transgender woman a "he-she" online.
** Ironically, Nicole Fiorentino is openly a lesbian.
* PostRock: An influence on their later material as well as on Zwan (not surprising since David Pajo of Music/{{Slint}} was a member of the latter). ''Oceania'' has a few shout-outs to seminal post-metal band Music/{{Isis}}, mentioned below.
* PowerBallad: "Tonight, Tonight" might qualify.
* PrecisionFStrike: ''Machina'''s final track "Age of Innocence" contains the only instance of profanity on the entire record.
* ProgressiveRock: While this has never been their dominant style, they've had some tendencies of it throughout their career, and on the whole, it's probably only grown with time; ThatOtherWiki actually classifies ''Oceania'' as a prog rock album (alongside psychedelic rock and the expected alternative rock. They still don't have a page on Prog Archives, though). A few songs on most of their other albums could also be categorised as prog, and Corgan has named several prog and prog-adjacent acts as influences (Music/PinkFloyd, Music/{{Rush}}, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/ElectricLightOrchestra, Music/DavidBowie, etc.). Some of their songs ("Silverfuck", "X.Y.U.", "The Aeroplane Flies High", etc.) may also qualify as ProgressiveMetal.
* PsychedelicRock: One of Corgan's favourite music genres, and some of their work itself falls into this genre. Corgan has named seminal psychedelic acts like Music/JimiHendrix, Music/TheDoors, and Music/TheBeatles as major influences on his work.
* 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 Music/SarahMcLachlan's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LuGzwNy2ws Angel]]".
* RearrangeTheSong: ''Adore''[='=]s sombre acoustic work and ''Machina''[='=]s poppier songs got the "Pumpkins treatment" in concerts, showing just how anchored they were in Corgan's songwriting process.
** Similarly, "Disarm", which appeared on ''Siamese Dream'' as an orchestral ballad, was given a much louder, more aggressive arrangement for some TV appearances promoting the album.
* ReCut:
** The vinyl version of ''Mellon Collie'' reorders the entire tracklist to better fit the Dawn / Tea Time / Dusk / Twilight / Midnight / Starlight naming of each of the six sides of vinyl. It also includes "Tonite Reprise" and "Infinite Sadness" on its final side.
** ''Adore''[='=]s 2014 reissue featured subtle differences in the mix, highlighting some of the electronic elements cut from the original pressing. This is most notable in "Ava Adore".
** ''Machina'', if the intended ReCut is ever SavedFromDevelopmentHell, will be reissued in its original double album format with the songs from ''Machina II'' included. Part of this will include a fake concert, much like Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheWall'' did.
* 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 thereof.
** "Quasar," not "Right On."
** "I of the Morning", not "Radio".
* {{Retraux}}: The "Tonight, Tonight" music video.
* RevolvingDoorBand: Through the band's 27-year run, Corgan is the only original member playing today (of the other original members, D'arcy Wretzky departed in 1999 during the production of ''Machina'', both James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky left when the band originally broke up in 2000, and while Chamberlin returned on the reunion, he left after 3 years). The member roster has cycled through a variety of different instrumentalists.
* 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 Music/{{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.
** ''Oceania'', a notably metallic and post-rock inspired album, contains the songs "The Celestials" and "Panopticon". Post-metal band Music/{{Isis}}' first albums, all from over a decade prior, were Celestial, Oceanic and Panopticon.
** The video for "Tonight, Tonight" is one to ''Film/ATripToTheMoon''. Doubles as WholePlotReference.
** The "Johnny" of "Tribute to Johnny" is American blues guitarist Johnny Winter.
* 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 most of "Dreaming" and adds additional vocals to "Beautiful", "Where Boys Fear to Tread," "We Only Come Out at Night", "Farewell and Goodnight" (which has lead vocals by all four band members) and "Dancing in the Moonlight". James did this occasionally on his own tunes and otherwise, but most of them got 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 "[[Music/SydBarrett 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."
* SurroundedByIdiots: It's hard to blame Billy for thinking so early on when the rest of his band was either on drugs or in destructive relationships for 10 years.
* 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.
** Every official bassist has been a woman. D'arcy's replacement was [[{{Music/Hole}} Melissa Auf der Maur]], then the reunited lineup has had Ginger Pooley and Nicole Fiorentino, while the 2 men who have been bassists on tours aren't considered official members.
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Averted. ''You'' try building six-plus-minute songs with forty-plus layers of guitar overdubs. (This may be part of the reason for Corgan's frequent {{Creator Breakdown}}s.)
* TitleByNumber: "1979", "Zero", "Thirty-Three", and "17" (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").
* UncommonTime: Perhaps most notably in "Untitled", which switches meter signatures literally every couple of measures for most of the song (being mostly comprised of patterns like 3+3+4/4 and 3+3+4+4/4) and has several bars of 5/4, but present in other songs as well. "Quiet" throws in some bars of 7/4 in between bars of 3/4 and 4/4; "Set the Ray to Jerry" has verses in 10/4; "Innosense" ends with several measures of 5/4; and that's undoubtedly not all. It's also worth pointing out that, in a borderline example of this trope, "Let Me Give the World to You" uses seven-measure patterns in its verses.
* UntitledTitle: A song previously unreleased song that appeared on their GreatestHitsAlbum is officially listed as "Untitled".
* UnusualEuphemism: "I took a Virgin Mary axe to his sweet baby jane... Coiled my tongue 'round her bumblebee mouth."
* VerbingNouny
* VideoFullOfFilmClips: "The End is the Beginning is the End", off ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* 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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-> "Let's all go out and buy fur coats!"