Originating from Chicago in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins were an alternative rock band who achieved international acclaim, having successfully emerged from the punk rock scene of the era. Their second album Siamese Dream, released in 1993, signalled their arrival at the forefront of the American contemporary music scene, and coupled with an extensive tour, their next album, Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness in 1995 debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. After the success of this release, the band markedly changed their style with Eye, which relied almost exclusively on electronic instruments. Whilst their 1998 album Adore finalised the band's apparent shift into the electronic genre, in 2000 the band reunited with former band member Jimmy Chamberlain and produced Machina/The Machines Of God, an obvious return to their traditional rock sound. Despite their talent ability to achieve substantial success in the alternative and mainstream charts, internal fighting, drug abuse and diminishing sales provoked their break-up in 2000. In 2006, the band announced its reformation with both original and new members, but with Chamberlain's departure in 2009, Smashing Pumpkins exist only as the duo of Corgan and new drummer Mike Byrne.
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