One '90s Reunion That Won't Happen: The Smashing Pumpkins

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The Smashing Pumpkins in 1990. Sigh.

This '90s revival thing is off the hook. Even Soundgarden is getting back together after 14 years to drive around the U.S. and blast old, loud-ass songs like "Spoonman" and "Fell on Black Days" to apparently eager audiences.

But there's one big '90s rock band that won't be getting back together -- uh, besides Nirvana: The Smashing Pumpkins.

Billy Corgan may still be putting out (weak) music with all new peeps under that beloved moniker, but he says the possibility of a reunion with the original members is out of the question.

From Corgan's recent interview with Rolling Stone:

Could the original Pumpkins line-up ever reunite?

No. That's just one of those things that are never going to happen. If you don't see somebody for a while, there's the old thing, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Well, we haven't had absence. The things that have happened between us in the interim haven't been good. There's been lawsuits and lots of stupid stuff. It's only made it worse. If it was bad before, it's really bad now. Jimmy [Chamberlin] and I aren't enemies - he's just off doing what he wants to do, as he should. There's not super bad blood between me and Jimmy that we'd never get on stage again. But I cannot in any way, shape, or form ever envision standing on a stage, playing music again with James [Iha] and D'arcy [Wretzky]. I just don't see any situation where that would be possible.

Of course, as Stereogum points out, D'Arcy has other stuff going on these days. But still, Corgan's insistence that a Pumpkins reunion will never happen is disappointing -- not that he'd be the first to insist a reunion is impossible only to take his words back when the royalty money runs dry. But given his current pace of obnoxious behavior, will anyone still tolerate listening to Billy Corgan in 20 years?

[Via RS and Stereogum]

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Steve
Steve

Who cares about James and D'Arcy really?  They had little to no impact on the songwriting and rarely contributed to the recording process either.  Jimmy will always be missed, as he has a very singular jazz-rock feel on the drums, but he and Billy are not on bad terms and could always revisit a return to the fold.

Billy writes the songs, Billy records the vast majority of the music.  James and D'Arcy were basically there to fill out the band and are no more important than the latest bandmembers.

Cory Craig
Cory Craig

Dude, whoever you are writting this artical. You have no idea what you are talking about.I'm 30 years old and a devoted fan of the Pumpkins. Even though the original line up isnt there, the Pumpkins are every bit as popular as they ever have been. I mean,come on, they sell out every show. Yes,Smashing Pumpkins,namely Billy, will always have a voice.They will always be remembered as on of the very greatest of all time. the weak garbage this generation is listening to however will not be remembered. So please stop picking on real art and head back to your shallow little wayne albums,or whatever you listen to.

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