Issue Number One-November 1997
You'll need the fonts from my first page(not as of 8/98 :)) to read this the way it was meant to be read. I have made a new bold step towards Pumpkin Site immortality, as I give you Pumpkins MediaFlash. This is a more indepth and multimedia addition to Pumpkins Newsflash. But no more, been there done that. This is the first, I believe, multimedia netzine devoted to the Smashing Pumpkins. Today, we embark on the first issue of Mediaflash:"The Smashing Pumpkins-Past, Present, and Future"
circa 1988: After Billy Corgan came back with "his tail between his legs" to Chicago, after failing in his Florida band, The Marked, he was introduced by a friend to a young guitarist. That guitarist was of course, James Iha. They started writing gothy pop songs and the Smashing Pumpkins were started. The next member to the pumpkin equation, was D'arcy who joined the band after Billy and her had an arguement outside the Avalon Niteclub about a band she liked. His first words to D'arcy was "you're full of shit". A drum machine completed the group but Joe Shanahan of the Club Metro offered them a support slot if they got a human drummer. Billy was told of a drummer by his friend, the last member to join, Jimmy Chamberlain.
The name Smashing Pumpkins, comes from basically: Smashing means to be aggressive and brilliant,Pumpkins had not much thought to it though, Billy said once,"it could have been any vegetable".
After releasing I Am One on Limited Potential and Tristessa on Sub Pop, they released Gish in the summer of 1991 on Caroline Records. Gish, named after silent film star, Lillian Gish, was released in the shadow of Nirvana's breakthrough album, Nevermind. This album sold moderately well (350,000 copies)but it didn't sell as well as it should of because of Nirvana's success. It would later be remastered (1994) and promoted for more records sales.
Gish, (at least I think) was the "sad album", it's very mellow and depressing at times but a great piece of work.
This is a Real Audio version of Siva
This is a Real Audio Version of Rhinoceros
Despite rumoured difficulties in the band, the Pumpkins release Siamese Dream in July 1993. Their first single, Cherub Rock broke them into the mainstream of rock music. Record sales soared for the Pumpkins. But during the making of Siamese Dream, happiness was hard to come by for Billy. After the Gish tour, his girlfriend broke up with him, he lost his apartment and he was having problems with the band . Jimmy had problems with drugs and alcohol, he disappeared for five days, but eventually went into rehab for 28 days. He finished his drum tracks before going into rehab. James and D'arcy seemed to be not committed enough, so Billy told then to change their attitudes or he would do the album himself. They assured him that they would continue in the band, and they finished the album. There has been a controversy that Billy actually played most or all of the songs on the album. I know for a fact that he writes most of them but I don't think he played every track on the album. No matter what, this album would bring the world songs like Today, Disarm, Rocket, and Mayonaise, to name a few. This album showed that Pumpkins "evolve" with every step they take. Siamese Dream ended up selling 3 million plus records.
This is a Real Audio version of Rocket
This is a Real Audio version of Today
The B-sides album that included songs from all singles previous to it and some Siamese Dream studio cuts. Great album, shows that the Pumpkins B-sides are just as great as the albums.
This is a Real Audio version of Pissant
Billy Corgan's "rock opera" debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and kept on selling records. They released the two cd epic in early fall 1995, with their angst anthem, Bullet with Butterfly Wings. Billy would later shave his head at the start of 1996 and then Pumpkins released their mainstream hit, 1979. They would later release singles for Zero, Tonight,Tonight, and Thirty-Three.
Tragedy struck while on tour in Dublin, Ireland. Bernadette O'Brien, a 17 year old girl was killed in a mosh pit. Finally, Billy Corgan said "The gig's over, there's a girl nearly dying out there." after his warnings to the crowd. On the morning of July 12, 1996 in New York City, Jonathan Melvoin, the group's touring keyboardist overdosed and died from a mixture of alchol and heroin. Jimmy Chamberlin was charged with possesion of heroin. He pleaded guilty to all charges. After urgings by D'arcy, he was kicked out of the band. They then regrouped and finished their tour with Matt Walker(from Filter) as their drummer and Jimmy Flemion(from The Frogs) as their keyboardist. They ended up winning seven MTV Music Awards.
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness has become the highest selling double cd of all time with over 7 million record sales. A truly amazing album.
Here is a Real Audio version of Bullet with Butterfly Wings
Here is a Real Audio version of Thirty Three
Here is a Real Video clip of Billy talking about where the Pumpkins feel comfortable
Billy Interview Clip
The box set of cds from the Pumpkins was released in November 1996. It included the five cd singles from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and 28 b-sides. Including five cover songs from the Pumpkins youth(The 80's): You're All I've Got Tonight,Clones, Destination Unknown, Night Like This, and Dreaming. The limited edition box set was rereleased because of demand just months later.
Some thought it was self indulgent and not a good Pumpkin work but I have found it to be great throughout group of songs.
This is a Real Audio Version of The Last Song
ThE Future is HEre...
The latest releases of the Pumpkins include:Eye(Lost Highway Soundtrack),Billy and Matt Walker joined together on half of the ransom soundtrack.
The End is The Beginning is the End and The Beginning is the End is the Beginning appeared on the Batman and Robin soundtrack. They also appeared on the TEITBITE single with The Ethers Tragic and Guns of Love Disastrous.
They recently released Christmastime on the compilation Very Special Christmas 3.
The Pumpkins are currently recording there fourth album, to be released in Early 1998. They also play a few dates for the Rolling stones as the opener. James Iha has a solo album in the works.
A Real audio version of The End is the Beginning is the End
Well that's the end of the first issue of MediaFlash, I hope you enjoyed the ride. Next issue's main topic "Scratchie Records", James and D'arcy's record label. More media , more jazzy, more news!!!
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