Promotional design work done for The Smashing Pumpkins by Tommy Owen Design.
Billy Corgan is a notorious perfectionist. He played most of the instruments on Siamese Dream himself, although his band still received full credit.
Billy, James and D’arcy primarily wrote sad-rock (Cure- influenced) music and used a drum machine on stage until Jimmy Chamberlin joined in. They quickly realized their full potential.
In 1995 Billy Corgan wrote over fifty-five songs in preparation of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
Over a period of 13 years, the Pumpkins only cancelled 4 shows, and made up the dates later for fans on most occasions.
The Pumpkins played to a croud of about 125,000 people in Minneapolis for FREE in July of 1998.
About the name Smashing Pumpkins. The name SMASHING PUMPKINS started out a joke but they got popular so fast, it was too late to change it. “THE” was added to the name due to fans bringing pumpkins to the shows and smashing them.
SMALL WINDOWS of opportunity. Before the Pumpkins were a household name, they managed to get their “Gish” music video aired on MTV’s Sunday Night Alternative Show, one time. Anthony Kiedis happen to see it, and asked them to tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
CONTROL The major record labels didn’t think they’d sell more than 30,000 albums so put them with a smaller label called Caroline Records. They quickly sold over 400,000 and were moved to a bigger label, which in turn gave them the advantage on contract negotiations.
MARCH 25, 2014. CORGAN SIGNED A NEW RECORD DEAL WITH BMG, FOR 2 ALBUMS COMING OUT IN 2015.