And then there was one. Via press release: “The SMASHING PUMPKINS’ guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member Billy Corgan has announced that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. Chamberlin joined the band Corgan founded in Chicago in 1988 and played on all their albums except Adore (1998). Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring.” In 1996, Corgan kicked the drummer out of the band after he and touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin overdosed on heroin (and Melvoin died). No reason was given this time, but that won’t stop you from speculating, I’m sure.

Comments (85)
  1. oh…. fuck

  2. they couldn’t agree on a group hair style…

  3. Stan  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    Sad News. I really wanted to see them both live again. Stomach hurts :(

  4. Bridget  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    Irreconcilable differences re: the Ticketmaster merger.

  5. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s because Corgan is a dick.

    • MAAAAAYYYYEEETTTT  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 0

      Corgan is a wanker. Period. Always has been. He was an emo back when emo, well still IS fucking gay. Luckily made some ok tunes tho. But fucked it all up cause he believes he’s the only talent in the band. this was destined to happen, im suprised JC lasted that long…. probably for the $$$

      • FlimFlam  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

        Does your mother know your using her internets? She may be expecting a call. Run along and listen to some more Kill Switch or whatever it is that you sprouts are into these days.

  6. john  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    wow, i didn’t think it was possible, but this makes the new SP an EVEN BIGGER farce than it was before!
    at least it was 1/2 the band (even though that was pretty ridiculous), but now it’s just a Billy Corgan show with a bunch of extras. yowsa!

    though at the same time, if there was to be any form of SP out there, i’d rather it have Chamberlin drumming…

  7. I don’t care. But I would care if Billy hired that guy in the yellow shirt on the far left of this photo. Yep that would definitely give me cause to care.

  8. If there’s only one person, it’s no longer the Smashing Pumpkins, Mr. Corgan. Doesn’t matter what you’d like to think.

    Remember your solo record? or Zwan? Wait, maybe he does remember that and it’s the reason he’s releasing his next solo album under the SP name… hmmm.

  9. just when i thought the parade of smashing pumpkins news couldn’t get funnier…

  10. Just when he thought the parade of Smashing Pumpkins news couldn’t get any funnier…

  11. Too bad. Jimmy is a total skull crusher on drums and definitely has his own style. Smashing Pumpkins can be SP as long as Billy and Jimmy are involved. They can’t be SP without the two of them together. This is a shame.

  12. billy: please please break up the group and save whatever’s left of sp’s legacy – i fucking beg you

  13. Jeff Dowder  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    They both look miserable…

  14. Plaster some shades on Corgan in that picture and he could make a career out of playing “Surfing With the Alien” (and suing Coldplay).

  15. Hey, Billy’s head is pointy like a gnome. How had I not seen that before?

  16. Jimmy: Hey Billy, what’s up with the whole ‘appearing before congress’ thingy? I think you’re making yourself less and less credible everyday. I mean, first- the whole Visa ad, and now this…

    Billy: I have an M.D. from Harvard, I am board certified in cardio-thoracic medicine and trauma surgery, I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England, and I am never, ever sick at sea. So I ask you; when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn’t miscarry or that their daughter doesn’t bleed to death or that their mother doesn’t suffer acute neural trauma from postoperative shock, who do you think they’re praying to? Now, go ahead and read your Bible, Jimmy, and you go to your church, and, with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you’re looking for God, he was talking to Congress on March 10th, and he doesn’t like to be second guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God.

    Jimmy: …uhhhh, later man…

  17. Gianni  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    epic fail.

    please just hang it up now billy, please.

  18. Avey Tare  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    Animal Collective > Smashing Pumpkins

    • nearly everyone > smashing pumpkins

    • Matt  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 0

      um….siamese dream/gish > animal collective. My dogs barking > animal collective. I don’t care what you think about every shitty sp album since.

      • FlimFlam  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

        Not being an ass > Bringing up Animal Collective every five seconds.

        You can’t force everyone to like that band. Sorry, they just don’t write the kind of albums I enjoy.

  19. Emptiness is loneliness, and loneliness is cleanliness, and cleanliness is godliness, and God doesn’t care about the Smashing Pumpkins, just like me.

  20. He never really fit in any way. Maybe him, D’arcy, and James Iha, can form a sweet band.

  21. megaindiedouche  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    I wish Corgan would have just disappeared after Siamese Dream. I mean, that’s a pretty sweet legacy if he just quits right there. The 90′s were full of artists who quit/died just as they were getting interesting. He should have been one of them (who quit).

    • Bronson  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

      No, no I think you had it right before you inserted the too kind ( ) clarification… Corgan should have died.

  22. Does it really even matter?

  23. Lonnie Pigford   |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    World’s Greatest Drummer decides to jump sinking ship.

  24. jeremy  |   Posted on Mar 20th, 2009 0

    I’d quit too.

  25. Evan  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

    Who the fuck cares? The Smashing Pumpkins haven’t been interesting or relevant in a fuckin’ lifetime.

    Not to mention Corgan is such a twat that it literally overshadows his music.

  26. Further proof of why no one should touch anything labeled “Smashing Pumpkins” post Machina II. Let’s all petition for Billy to realize he’s a solo artist who can play Pumpkins songs, because after all, he wrote them.

    Fuckin’ Billy Corgan.

  27. Ryan   |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

    Well, if James Iha can find second life with Tinted Windows, it’s only a matter of time before Chamberlin comes back with another super group featuring other once prominent artists.

  28. chris  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

    Good for him! He prolly got tired of Corgan’s twisted meanness & isolation. Good luck, JC!

  29. your mom  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

    Smashing Pumpkin

  30. If I wasn’t so drunk I’d be more sad / introspective / have a better comment to make other than: Fuck Billy Corgan. Fuck the Smashing Pumpkins (2000 – now), and MOTHERFUCK Courtney Love for good measure.

  31. Dotty  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

    Man. I used to love Siamese Dream when I was younger.

  32. Billy Corgan is the next Brett Favre.

    • william  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

      I do not understand your sports reference.

    • megaindiedouche  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

      That’s Ryan Adams. Billy is more of a Ty Cobb in that he was once awesome but becomes a prick the more you get to know him.

    • sorry i meant to thumbs up your comment, but my mouse freaked out and hit the thumbs down. long story short: funny comment :)

  33. Billy Corgan is a vampire…sent to drain

  34. Nice little death joke there from Stereogum

  35. David  |   Posted on Mar 21st, 2009 0

    First of all, I do agree with everyone. Corgan’s a dick, he’s embarrassed himself and anyone who loves the Pumpkins.

    And at this point, I dont think he can go any lower, he may as well try to make a pumpkins record, even though i think he shouldnt. but honestly, he cant go any lower.

    BUT… let’s not forget, Billy did write Mellon Collie and Siamese Dream.. anyone who does that deserves some credit.

  36. Someone  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 0

    Over the last two years I have seen Billy Corgan for the jerk he really is. What has topped it all off, are, his totally discusting comments at shows!! I feel like throwing up everytime i think about the things he has said to fans. Yes, some long time nineties fans may have been insulting too, in recient times, but I think its a sign that Billy Corgan needs to sort out his life, his head and his personal life. I’m only saying this because once apon a time I used to care.

    • FlimFlam  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

      I’m gonna “thumbs down” this soley because it doesnt make any sense. I’m against being a stickler for grammar on the net, but you needed to give that one a second pass.
      That said, I agree with what I THINK you are trying to say.

  37. onceler  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 0

    meh. I only ever liked Gish, and ‘Drown from the Singles soundtrack. everything after that bored me. this ‘development’ i could care less about. Corgan is one of those people who is very prolific but has bad taste in his own music, which has gotten worse the larger his ego has gotten. he had good instincts in the first place, but bought too much into his own hype.

  38. Torc  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 0

    Chamberlain’s album has been the only tolerable solo effort from anybody in that band.

  39. Oh yeah, this post reminds me of something… It reminds me that the Smashing Pumpkins never needed this sorry excuse for a “drummer” in the first place. Yeah, I said it.

    • Lonnie Pigford   |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

      Sorry excuse for a drummer? Are you f’in kidding me?

    • C. Science  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

      dude can pound the skins with the best of them. a ferocious, creative, technically-impressive monster of percussion. dig up some old live videos of them blazing through “geek u.s.a.” and watch him rip. the only question is how a heroin addict (at their peak) could keep the beats so tight…

      • Johnnyboy  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

        Agreed. Chamberlin is one of the best drummers in rock music, or at least one of the best to emerge from the late-’80s/early-’90s alt-rock scene. He’s right up there with Dave Grohl and Josh Freese.

        • C. Science  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

          it’s always been a dream of mine to have steve albini record jimmy playing drums – something that, despite them all being from chicago, probably never happened because billy is a douche.

          but can you imagine jimmy bashing away with albini on production? it would sound unreal.

  40. Mr.T  |   Posted on Mar 22nd, 2009 0

    I pity the foo. All you foos are talkin’ like ya know Mr.Corgan personally,but ya don’t. So quit yo shit talkin’ and sit back and watch what happens mothafucka!


    P.S. I pity everyone of ya haters.

  41. radio zero  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

    This just in…Billy Corgan has quit The Smashing Pumpkins, too. The band will carry on with the members of REO Speedwagon taking their place. Corgan plans on devoting more time to his political career in the Republican Party.

    In other news, the Republican Party has called it quits……

  42. the red feather  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

    Makes you wonder if Jim was faking it in the recent interviews/press those two have done together, where it honestly looks like he’s in pain when he’s trying to support Billy’s insane antics. I really look forward to hearing both sides of this story

  43. Niki  |   Posted on Mar 23rd, 2009 0

    You people seriously suck. How do you call billy a dick and a jerk, etc. You people make me sick. You arent true pumpkins fans at all. Hes prolly been under alot of pressure latey i dont know. But it does suck jimmy left, but we’ll see what happens because if billy thinks he can still make music, there must be something behind that.

    I am one as you are three, dumbass

  44. cherub rock = air guitar awesomeness.

    say what you want about everything after, but this is fucking rock and roll. i dare you not to completely lose your shit.

  45. of course it could have nothing to do with the fact that jimmy has had health problems in the recent past? last year they had to cancel 2 of their biggest concerts in atlanta and other places and postpone them til later due to jimmy having heart problems.

    and for all the kiddies who just discovered SP and want to talk all back-in-the-day-like, billy corgan is the heart and soul of SP, granted not having all the original members is a drag but in all honesty, just because jimmy and billy are working together doesn’t mean much.. *cough*ZWAN*cough*..

  46. mansy  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2009 0

    is that mystery in the background?

  47. One original member and he’s still going to use the name Smashing Pumpkins? Billy and “The Smashing Pumpkins” should tour with Guns & Roses.

  48. Niki  |   Posted on Mar 24th, 2009 0

    How are you going to fucking dis my comment. You guy really dont have any heart do you?
    If you looked at this article you gave to fucking care a little. So quit writing your negative comments being the assholes you are because you’re making things worse.

  49. your dad  |   Posted on Mar 25th, 2009 0

    1.) Billy Corgan smokes turds.
    2.)the rest of Smashing Pumpkins should regroup, as SP, with David Lee Roth singing.
    3.)who gives a shit?

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