Smashing Pumpkins Smashing Pumpkins Website Smashing Pumpkins Youtube Channel Studio Albums Gish (1991) Siamese Dream (1993) 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–present) Oceania (2012) First off I have to say thank you to Oblivion for letting me have the privilege of doing this thread despite his contribution to the band himself. Until now, I had a hard time even wrapping my head around a thread for a group that has such an impact on me and my love for music. The Smashing Pumpkins are my Led Zeppelin! They are my Doors! They are my Beatles! They are the untouchable epic band that contains a legacy that intrigues me and a future that I anticipate with every turn. Every detail from the music itself to the lyrics to the artwork to the videos to the constantly changing elements of the sound and identity of what the band is itself has me sucked into a world bigger and more crucial than anything else I've ever crossed paths with musically. Everything I've listened to since has been influenced by the qualities I gathered when The Smashing Pumpkins introduced me to what I desire in music. The music that came off of Siamese Dream was my gateway drug. Since that day I've found that music was more than just something to rock out to. Music became the most beautiful, cathartic, mysterious, out of body experience that I could have in life. Ever since then I've been addicted to finding the next high! The next piece of music to give me chills, have the hair stand up on my arms, make a tear form in the corner of my eye or smile in a euphoric daze, make you close your eyes and soak it in note for note, replay a song 10,000 times over to just hear the perfect melody, etc. Have I found elements of this since? Yes, but it will never be the same as the first experience I had with Siamese Dream and that craving for more wouldn't have started without it. Since then I've bought everything I could get my hands on Smashing Pumpkin related. I love through this journey with the band that I got a different result with everything they released. The spacey dreamy rock of Siamese Dream, the psychedelia of Gish, the epic hard rock of Melloncollie and the Infinite Sadness, the electronic masterpiece of Adore, the fusion of the two before mentioned with Machina and the pastiche of everything with The Aeroplane Flies High box set and Pisces Iscariot. In fact, the Smashing Pumpkins b-sides were better crafted and thought out than most bands studio albums. When the Smashing Pumpkins originally disbanded in 2000 it felt like a kick in the gut. It just didn't feel like anyway could be an epic enough way to end such a legacy. Regardless, it wasn't a total loss because like I said about even a Smashing Pumpkin B-side being better than most anything, I feel the exact same about any fragment of the Smashing Pumpkin group. After the breakup, I got to experience the sunny James Iha solo, Billy Corgans chance at pop with Zwan, Jimmy Chamberlins drumming exhibition on The Jimmy Chamberlin Project and Billy's electronic solo. Now that we have a second incarnation of the Smashing Pumpkins I'm excited like a little kid again. It may not be an exact replica of the original Smashing Pumpkins but the original Smashing Pumpkins was never made out of stability. It thrived on chaos and the urge to reinvent and redefine itself. I really believe that Billy Corgan is at a creative peak right now and is loving the artistic journey of making music for musics sake right now. That's why I feel like a thread is perfect right now because it's an exciting time to be a fan as well as relish in the history of what's brought the Smashing Pumpkins entity to this point! I plan on doing the most detailed, epic thread I can for these guys. I'll try to do a non-copy paste writing and musings on everything from their history, to band members, to album and song reviews, to lyric and art displays as well as a huge collage of photo imagery of everything Smashing Pumpkins! I only hope I can do them the justice they deserve!