Billy Corgan Shares The Origin Story Of The Smashing Pumpkins Name

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Smashing Pumpkins recently shared a TikTok video on their official Instagram account, in which frontman Billy Corgan explained how he came up with the band’s name. Corgan’s story showed that Smashing Pumpkins’ formation process was more interesting than many others.

Corgan’s first significant step into a professional career as a musician was the gothic rock band The Marked, and he moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, to be a part of a different scene with his band. However, they couldn’t gain popularity or success there, and Billy Corgan decided to return to his hometown, Chicago. He began working at a record store, where he met guitarist James Iha, who would become his bandmate in a short time.

The singer had considered forming a band before coming across Iha and had even found an interesting name: Smashing Pumpkins. In a recent TikTok, Corgan revealed that he heard someone saying things about ‘Smashing Pumpkins,’ and he liked it so much he ‘blurted out.’ Then, he thought it would be an excellent name for a band, but the other person there couldn’t understand it.

The Smashing Pumpkins’ founder explained his reasoning, saying that smashing means ‘fantastical and amazing,’ so he went home and wrote the name on a cassette tape. Corgan revealed that he still owns it and highlighted that he found his band’s name without having written any songs or having any bandmates. The singer admitted that it was a strange situation by making a joke about it being typical series of events while forming a new band.

The band’s IG post read:

Origin of the band name.

In Corgan’s words, he said:

Somebody said something about Smashing Pumpkins. I blurted out. That would make a good band name. The person across me said, ‘I don’t get it.’ I said, ‘The Smashing Pumpkins, the English use of the word, smashing. The fantastical amazing Pumpkins, The Smashing Pumpkins.’ I went home and took out a cassette tape, I still have it, and wrote on the spine, ‘Smashing Pumpkins.’ I had a band with no songs and band members. It’s a typical band.”

You can check out the video below.

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