History of Smashing Pumpkins

History of Smashing Pumpkins Rock Band

Most of the world’s music does not Glorify Jesus Christ. It becomes vain and repetitious. Hollow words of hate and anger linger in the soul and create the monsters we see today.

What music will you decide to listen to?

Psalms 105:2 – Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

Smashing Pumpkins formed in 1988 in Chicago, Illinois, with guitarist James Iha and lead vocalist Billy Corgans. The band went through various line-up changes over the years, with the current members being frontman Billy Corgan, James Iha, Darcy Wretzky, and Jimmy Chamberlin. In 2007, the Smashing Pumpkins reunited and only singer Billy Corgans and drummer Billy Chamberlin featured in the lineup. Singer Billy Corgans and producer Butch Vigs decision to have singer Billy Corgans sing all of the bass and guitar parts on Siamese Dream contributed to a growing sense of dissatisfaction and resentment throughout the Smashing Pumpkins.

Psalms 150:1 – 127:6 – Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.   (Read More…)

Psalms 104:33 – I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

The group is most associated with the frontman Billy Corgan and its multi-platinum selling album Siamese Dream
The Smashing Pumpkins released their third album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in 1995. It was a two-disc set which featured their debut songs ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings‘ and ‘1979‘.

They were one of the most visible bands alongside grunge acts like:

Mellon Collie was a huge success for the band, selling over four million copies in the US alone. To celebrate their success, the full band embarked on a world tour in 1996. After touring for almost two years, they returned to the studio to work on their fourth album Adore. Released in 1998, Adore was an experimental departure from Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie’s classic releases but still managed to achieve some commercial success.

Ephesians 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Corgan was a singer songwriter who wrote the majority of the band’s material, while guitarist James Iha, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin provided backing for his writing. The band experienced inter-band difficulties which led to Wretzky leaving in 1999 and a withdrawn Billy Corgan deciding to go on hiatus in 2000. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was replaced by Matt Walker and various line up changes followed over the years until 2007 when founding members Corgan, Iha and Chamberlin rejoined. This reunion allowed them to reunite with producer Butch Vig who had produced their iconic album Siamese Dream in 1993. This album is often considered to have become their best album despite the marred recording process due to interpersonal tensions within the band at that time.

The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band
The band has been one of the most influential alternative rock icons, selling over 30 million albums worldwide. In June of 2012, Smashing Pumpkins released Oceania, their ninth studio album which was received with critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. It featured a heavier sound than previous albums with elements of prog-rock at times. Later that year saw the release of American Gothic which marked the return of original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin to the band after his departure in 2009. Billy Corgan’s son Augustus Juppiter was born shortly thereafter and inspired him to write his own solo material which resulted in an album called AEGEA released October 13th 2015.

Psalms 95:1 – O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

The Smashing Pumpkins have always been known for their typical Smashing Pumpkins fashion, which reflect their desire to combine pop-psychedelic rock with guitars and psychedelic music. They have often been referenced in psychedelic rock circles as having an influence on musical punk rock, metal dream pop and punk influenced philosophy. The band’s early albums contained heavy metal influences as well as progressive rock elements, and the music is often described as a mix of hard rock/heavy metal, gothic rock and alternative/indie. Their debut album Gish was released in 1991 to critical acclaim, but they seem to have really hit their stride with the release of Siamese Dream in 1993. This album contained the hit singles “Today” and “Cherub Rock”, which catapulted them into the mainstream.

However, soon after the release of Machina, the band announced its breakup in 2000.

Jimmy Chamberlin parted ways with Alt-rock icons the Smashing Pumpkins once again in March 2009
Lead singer/songwriter Billy Corgans was joined by guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bassist Nicole Fiorentino, and drummer Mike Byrne. After touring throughout 2007 and 2008 with a lineup including new guitarist Jeff Schroeder, Jimmy Chamberlin (drums) left the band in early 2009.

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Fortunately, in 2016 guitarist James Iha and drummer Billy Chamberlin rejoined the group
The Smashing Pumpkins was originally formed in 1988 by lead vocalist/guitarist Billy Corgan, lead guitarist James Iha, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin in Chicago, Illinois. They were initially a quartet that used a drum machine for percussion. The band rose to fame during the second half of the 1990s decade among alt rock fans and continued success into the next decade as a duo (Corgan and Chamberlin) with a new formation and lineup.

The Smashing Pumpkins have been known for their unique sound and their excellent covers of Joy Division’s songs.
The band took their music to the stage in concerts and music videos, with various music video directors creating hits videos for them. In 2001, they released a greatest hits album with some outtakes and live performances. After much anticipation, they reunited in 2006 to produce an excellent reunion record Zeitgeist. The band’s classic sound was still present on this album which featured covers of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and “Siamese Dream” from their own albums. Since then, the Pumpkins have taken the band to new heights with a new player on board each time they took to the stage for performances or recording sessions.

Ecclesiastes 7:5 – It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

History of Rock and Roll Live Performances

Rock music is one of the most popular forms of American music, and it has been an important genre in the United States since the 1940s. It’s a wide-ranging style that encompasses a variety of different styles, from country to blues. Rock music has had a huge influence on popular music in the United States and around the world, encompassing an international style of performance.

James 5:13 – Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

In the 1940s, rock and roll was birthed in the U.S. but has become a world popular form of entertainment that shapes culture today
The influence that this genre has had over decades is undeniable; it has helped shape different styles in other genres such as country and hip hop. Even today, rock music still remains a relevant part of America’s musical landscape, with its wide range encompassing many different cultures across generations.

Proverbs 25:20 – As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart.

Rock and roll has evolved from a unique blend of elements from various genres such as blues, country, rhythm and blues, and gospel.
The new sound was created by disc jockeys playing raunchy blues records in Tennessee and Memphis. This style quickly caught on, bringing about a revolution in popular music. Recent revisionist history points to Sam Phillips of Sun Records as one of the first promoters of this pop style rock music.

Sam Phillips of Sun Records Launched the Careers of:

Not included artists who blended their gospel influences with contemporary musical styles like rockabilly, rhythm & blues, Country and Western swing into something entirely new – which we now know as Rock n Roll.

Disc jockey Alan Freed became instrumental in promoting this new style of music by hosting live concerts called “rock ‘n’ roll dances”
He would play nothing but records featuring black artists performing R&B dance tunes he dubbed “rock ‘n’ roll”. Freed’s concerts were very popular with white teen audiences and featured musical genres that had not been heard before, such as rhythm and blues. This new style of music was characterized by a combination of a simple but rhythmic vocal style and an electrifying guitar-based accompaniment. Freed created a platform for the emergence of African American performers in an era when the record label industry was still dominated by white actors and performers. A few years after Freed’s rock ‘n’ roll dances, Buddy Holly emerged on the scene with his unique blend of country, folk and R&B that would become known as rockabilly. Holly also revolutionized live performances by incorporating theatrical elements into his act like no other artist had done before. He further popularized this new musical form through his many groundbreaking records such as “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be The Day”. After Holly’s success, artists like Otis Orchestra began to combine jazz influences with their own version of rock ‘n’ roll.

Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88” is considered to be an early pioneering song of rock and roll
It was one of the first recordings to incorporate blues elements with electric guitar riffs and unconventional recording techniques. As rock continued to evolve throughout the 1950s, artists began incorporating classical elements into their music as well as pop ballads and country-western influences. This helped create a more diverse style known as “style rock” that was able to incorporate different instruments and sounds for an even more dynamic effect. The emergence of black music during this period also had a major impact on rock’s development with artists such as Chuck Berry becoming hugely popular in the 1950s for his innovative ways of combining elements from jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel, country and western into a new style known as “rockabilly”. This paved the way for other musical genres such as hard rock which developed in the late 1960s with bands like Led Zeppelin using distorted electric guitars along with drums, bass guitar & keyboards to form louder and heavier sounding rhythms than ever before heard before in popular music.

Psalms 119:37 – Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.

The history of rock and roll musical performances began with artists like Elvis Presley
Elvis brought a new style of music to the forefront and became a musical sex symbol (who also liked little girls – who propped him up as a sex symbol who assaulted little girls?). Elvis was known for his jumpsuit, which made him instantly recognizable. He was one of the greatest rock artists ever, influencing countless other musicians in different genres. Ray Charles was another influential figure in early rock and roll as he blended gospel and blues into a unique sound that helped pave the way for soul music. Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry & Little Richard were also key figures in early rock music and they all had an influence on other black musicians such as James Brown & Aretha Franklin who would go on to become big stars in their own right. All these artists helped shape what is now considered one of the most popular genres of music today – Rock ‘n’ Roll!