The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band that formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1988. Founded by Billy Corgan (vocals/guitar), the band disbanded briefly in 2000, but returned in 2006.


Disavowing the punk rock roots shared by 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, arena rock, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. Frontman Billy 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".

Band MembersEdit


  • Billy Corgan: vocals/lead guitar (1988-2000, since 2006)
  • Mike Byrne: drums (since 2009)


  • Jeff Schroeder: rhythm guitar (since 2006)
  • Ginger Reyes-Pooley: bass (since 2006)
  • Lisa Harriton: keyboard (since 2006)


  • James Iha: rhythm guitar (1988-2000)
  • D'arcy Wretzky: bass (1988-1999)
  • Jimmy Chamberlin: drums (1988-1996, 1999-2000, 2006-2009)
  • Melissa auf der Maur (formerly from Hole): bass (1999-2000)


  • Gish (1991)
  • Siamese Dream (1993)
    • "Cherub Rock" and "Today" were released in this album. Another known hit from this album is "Disarm".
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
  • Adore (1998)
  • Machina/The Machines of God (2000)
  • Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music (2000)
  • Zeitgeist (2007)
  • Teargarden by Kaleidyscope (2009-)
    • This album, actualy, is comprised of a series of separate recordings.

Songs in Guitar Hero games:Edit

  • Cherub Rock - Guitar Hero 3
  • Today - Guitar Hero World Tour
  • Bullet With Butterfly Wings - Guitar Hero 5
  • G.L.O.W. - Guitar Hero World Tour DLC
  • 1979 - Guitar Hero World Tour DLC
  • The Everlasting Gaze - Guitar Hero World Tour DLC
  • Billy Corgan is unlockable Character in Guitar Hero World Tour and unlocked after playing "Today" on Band Career Mode.
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