It was hard to break into the American rock scene in the early 1990s, overshadowed as it was by Nirvana. But The Smashing Pumpkins achieved it, imbuing their heavy metal sound with sophistication, diversity and polish, and selling more than 30 million albums in total.
After forming in 1988, the band took off in 1993 with the album Siamese Dream, carried along by the song 'Today', and entered musical history in 1995 with their masterpiece: the nine-times-platinum double CD Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, which sold 6 million copies in the US. The big riffs in 'Zero', the chord arrangements in 'Tonight, Tonight' and the delicacy of the ballad '1979' were the basis of the success of Billy Corgan's band.
After splitting up in 2000 and then reforming in 2006 for a new album, Zeitgeist, which went straight into the international Top 10, The Smashing Pumpkins came back on the scene in 2007.
In December 2009, the lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins had lost none of his delusions of grandeur: the band began the release of Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, a 44-song project, i.e., 11 EPs of four songs each, released piece by piece on the band's official website, with a single song added at a time and available via free download. When a group of four tracks is available for download, it is later made into a physical version. The album will be complete when the 11 EPs of four songs each are available, making a box set. The first songs – 'A Song For A Son', 'Widow Wake My Mind' and 'A Stitch In Time' – are incredibly rich, and live up to their promise. Oceania, which contains 13 songs from the project, will be released in 2012. According to Billy Corgan, "this new album harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins: atmospheric, melodic, heavy and pretty."
The Smashing Pumpkins will always be the Smashing Pumpkins. And their concerts will always be unforgettable and unequalled, moments of joy in living that will never be forgotten.
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