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Siamese Dream (Reissue)

November 29, 2011

The black turtleneck to Kurt Cobain's flannel shirt, Billy Corgan brought an auteur's sensibility to Nineties alternative rock: He didn't smash guitars, he stroked them into ecstatic swells of heaviosity as he cooed composition-book poetry. With 1993's...

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Zeitgeist

July 18, 2007

Zero: That is the exact number of doubts singer-guitarist-songwriter Billy Corgan has about this controversial resurrection of his old band. "I never felt so right and good. . . . You'll never need another sound," he crows in that bleating voice against...

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Machina/The Machines Of God

March 16, 2000

Billy Corgan isn't sure whether he's a lost soul or a potential messiah. His songs on the Smashing Pumpkins' fifth album, Machina: The Machines of God, are all about redemption, commercial and personal, and they deliberately scramble any distinctions...

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The Aeroplane Flies High

December 12, 1996

Billy Corgan knows what to do when his muse pays him a visit. The guitarist and singer of the Smashing Pumpkins — alternately hailed as a tortured genius and vilified as the bratty voice of entitled suburban youth — turns on a tape recorder....

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Pisces Iscariot

December 1, 1994

Record companies have been going to ever more cynical lengths to squeeze as much product as they can out of their successful acts. From pointless MTV Unplugged sets (like Arrested Development's low-voltage remake of their first album) to box sets for...

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Siamese Dream

September 16, 1993

Smashing Pumpkins have a lot to live up to. The Chicago quartet's major-label debut, Siamese Dream, comes on the heels of their 1991 college-radio blockbuster, Gish — the indie release that made the Pumpkins one of the decade's most promising bands....

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Earphoria

November 19, 2002

This collection finds the Smashing Pumpkins playing live in the early Nineties, during a period when they were creating some of the grandest guitar rock of that decade. Performances such as "I Am One," from a 1993 Barcelona show, and a long-ass version...

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Adore

May 18, 1998

With each Smashing Pumpkins album, singer, guitarist and producer Billy Corgan has raised the bar for his grandiose ambition: to create the defining coming-of-age music for his generation. Gish (1991) packed a neopsychedelic arena wallop into its modest...

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Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness

November 30, 1995

When Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan boasted that he would follow the triple-platinum Siamese Dream with a sprawling double album that would be The Wall for Generation X, the assumption was that he would make a concept album like Roger Waters' rock...

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No Alternative

November 11, 1993
Not Rated

It's 1993, and Alternative Rock is in full bloom; unfortunately, so is the horror of the AIDS epidemic. Producers Paul Heck, Jessica Kowal and Rolling Stone Senior Writer Chris Mundy have corralled 21 of the biggest names in the alternative universe and...

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