Poll: What is the best Smashing Pumpkins album?


The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the greatest musical gems of the 90s and are still going strong with 11 albums to their name. We want to know which of their records do you think is the best this week Wired Nights Poll on the album of the week.

You will have until Friday at 12 N ET to vote. We will then play the three songs from the album with the most votes during Wired Nights‘ Album of the week block to start the following Monday’s show!

Although the Smashing Pumpkins formed in the late 80s, they rose to fame over the next decade as alternative rock became massively popular. They are sometimes grouped with the Seattle grunge artists, probably due to the timing of their success and the cathartic subject matter of the music, but they drew much less inspiration from punk-rock and more from gothic and psychedelic rock than their contemporaries.

The rockers’ debut album Gish was released in May 1991, just months before the alternative rock explosion that took place. By the time they released its follow-up, 1993 Siamese dream, the band had signed to a major label, as many other up-and-coming rock bands had also done at the time. The sophomore effort was a much larger commercial success than Gisch, however it was their 1995 double album Melan Collie and the Infinite Sadness it earned them their first No. 1, producing five hit singles.

The Pumpkins were on top after the release of Colley Mellon until the following year, when they were struck by a double tragedy – touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of an overdose, and their drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was arrested for drug possession, which led him to be fired from the group.

After readjusting their line-up, their 1998 record Love was highly anticipated, but ended up being rather polarizing for their fanbase. Those expecting another powerful alt-rock release were surprised to hear electronica and synth-pop on the album, and frontman Billy Corgan became frustrated with people who “were not getting not” their desire for experimentation.

The band released two more albums in 2000, then publicly announced they were breaking up, which lasted until 2005. Chamberlin was asked to join the reunion, and they released The spirit of the times in 2007.

Since reuniting, the Pumpkins have released four more albums, the most recent being the 2020 record 20-track record. Cyr. Head below to vote for your favorite album by them, then tune in Wired Nights next Monday at 7 p.m. ET to find out which record prevailed. During tonight’s show, you’ll find out which Aerosmith album was voted best and hear three songs from the winner.

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