Although struggling through a series of line-up changes, frontman Billy Corgan has remained the creative force that led Smashing Pumpkins into the mainstream of pop music in the 1990s. Riding the popularity of the "grunge” sound gave them their start, Corgan has always had an eclectic vision that has allowed them to incorporate a variety of sounds--including the influence of The Cure and David Bowie, among others--into their repertoire. Their double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness sold over 20 million records and debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1995. After a prolonged hiatus from 2000-2006, the band reformed and in 2016 were considering plans to reconvene the original line-up.
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