The Pumpkins’ seeds were sown when Billy Corgan bumped into James Iha, in a music shop, where Corgan was working. The two discovered a mutual interest in 80s bands, such as New Order and The Cure and began writing songs together.
While most alt-rock bands of the 90s were influenced by punk rock, The Smashing Pumpkins made it their mission to sound different. Their debut album, Gish, was influenced by heavy metal, goth-rock, prog-rock and synth bands of the 1980s.
It was 93’s Siamese Dream that thrust the band into the spotlight, followed-up by Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. By this time, the Pumpkins had found their heavy signature sound.
After some tensions, the band split up in 2000 but reformed in 2006. There are whispers of new material to be released in 2020.