10 Rare Smashing Pumpkins Songs You've Probably Never Heard

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The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the premier bands of Gen-X Rock. The classic line up of front man and principle songwriter Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha, bassist D’arcy Wretzky, and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, stood out during a rock renaissance in the early ‘90s. Corgan’s distinctive vocals gave the Pumpkins much of its identity.

This occasionally caused gossip to overshadow the music, notably the much written about love triangle between Corgan, Courtney Love, and Kurt Cobain. However, art lives longer than gossip.

The band were reluctantly boxed in by the scene and packaged as Grunge. However, they managed to transcend the genre with their epic Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. In overcoming the label, the Pumpkins faced accusations of becoming mainstream.

Alternative Rock icon Steve Albani, front man of punk band Big Black and audio engineer for bands such as Pixies, Nirvana, and Manic Street Preachers, savagely compared the Pumpkins to REO Speedwagon, ‘stylistically appropriate for the current college party scene, but ultimately insignificant’.

The Pumpkins continued to experiment and proved their early detractors wrong, while still remaining commercially successful. Despite their mainstream appeal, there are still songs in the back catalogue which are often overlooked.


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