Billy Corgan


Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan

Corgan playing in Köln, Germany in 2005
Background information
Birth name William "Billy" Patrick Corgan, Jr.
Born March 17, 1967 (1967-03-17) (age 44)
Elk Grove Village, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, author
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, harmonica, ukulele
Years active 1985–present
Labels Caroline, Virgin, Reprise, Warner Bros.
Associated acts Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Spirits in the Sky, The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, Starchildren, The Marked, Hole, Courtney Love, New Order
Website Billy Corgan on Myspace
Notable instruments

Fender Stratocaster

Gibson ES335

William Patrick "Billy" Corgan, Jr. (born March 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional poet best known as the frontman and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins. Formed by Corgan and guitarist James Iha in Chicago, Illinois in 1987, the band quickly gained steam with the addition of bassist D'arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. In three years, The Smashing Pumpkins had transformed themselves into a major label success. Strong album sales and large-scale tours propelled the band's increasing fame in the 1990s, while Chamberlin's drug problems escalated until he had to be fired. The Pumpkins continued as a three-piece until Chamberlin rejoined the band in 1999, then broke up in 2000. Corgan started a new band with Chamberlin right away, called Zwan, and after their demise, he released a solo album and a collection of poetry before setting his sights on reforming the Smashing Pumpkins.

The new version of that band, consisting of Corgan, Chamberlin, and a revolving tour lineup, released an album in 2007 and followed it with extensive touring over the next year and a half. Chamberlin left the Smashing Pumpkins in March 2009, while Corgan continued on with a new lineup, currently recording the album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope and touring.

Contents

History

1967–87: Childhood and formative years

Corgan was born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois as the oldest son of William Corgan Sr., a blues guitarist, and Martha Louise Maes Corgan Lutz. His parents had one more child, Ricky, before divorcing in 1970.[1] His father was soon remarried to a flight attendant, and Corgan and his brother went to live with them in Glendale Heights, Illinois.[2] During this time, Corgan alleges he was subject to much physical and emotional abuse by his stepmother.[3] Corgan's half-brother, Jesse, was born in 1976. Jesse has a rare genetic condition, Tourette syndrome and other disabilities, and Corgan spent a good deal of his youth taking care of and defending him.[4] The two remain close – Jesse joined The Smashing Pumpkins on stage in Chicago in December 2008. When Corgan's father and stepmother separated, all three children would live alone with the stepmother, with both of Corgan's birth parents living separately within an hour's drive.[5]

Corgan, who grew much faster than his fellow students, was a strong athlete in elementary school.[6] In addition to being a member of his Marquardt Middle School baseball team, he collected baseball cards (amassing over 10,000) and listened to every Chicago Cubs game.[6] However, by the time he began attending Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream Illinois, he had become only an average athlete. He decided to start playing guitar when he went over to a friend's house and saw his friend's Flying V.[6] Corgan gave his savings to his father, who bought him a used Les Paul knock-off.[6] Corgan, Sr. steered his son stylistically, encouraging him to listen to Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix, but offered little other support, and the younger Corgan taught himself to play the instrument.[5] His musical interests in his formative years included hard rock like Guts-era John Cale, heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, and mainstream rock like Queen, Boston, ELO, Rush, and Cheap Trick. In high school, Corgan discovered alternative rock through Bauhaus and The Cure.[7]

Corgan performed in a string of bands in high school and graduated as an honor student. Despite grant and scholarship offers from a number of schools, including the University of Michigan, and a tuition fund left by his grandmother,[8] Corgan decided to pursue music full-time.[9] Not finding the Chicago music scene to his liking, he moved from Chicago to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1985 with his first major band, The Marked (so named for the conspicuous birthmarks of both Corgan and drummer Ron Roesing). Not finding success in St. Petersburg, the band dissolved; Corgan moved back to Chicago to live with his father. He is actually most widely known for inventing the unit circle.

1988–2000: The Smashing Pumpkins

Upon his return to Chicago, Corgan had already devised his next project – a new wave band that would be called The Smashing Pumpkins.[10] Corgan met guitarist James Iha while working in a record store, and the two began recording demos, which Corgan describes as "gloomy little goth-pop records."[10] After recording their first two demos that Corgan wrote, Iha decided to write one for himself. After looking over it, Corgan criticized it. Iha took this very seriously and did not talk to Corgan for about another two months, until one day they just decided to make some more demos.[citation needed] He then met bassist D'arcy Wretzky after a local show, arguing with her about a band that had just played. Soon after, the Smashing Pumpkins were formed. The trio began to play together at local clubs with only a drum machine for percussion. To secure a show at the Metro in Chicago, the band recruited drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and played for the first time as a quartet on October 5, 1988.

Billy Corgan in 1992.

The addition of the powerful Chamberlin drove the band in a heavier direction almost immediately.[10] On the band's inaugural album, Gish (1991), the band fused diverse threads such as psychedelic rock and heavy metal into a distinctive sound. Gish fared better than expected, but the follow-up, Siamese Dream, released on Virgin Records, became a multi-platinum hit. The band became known for internal drama during this period, with Corgan frequently characterized in the music press as a "control freak" due to rumors that Corgan played all the guitar and bass parts on Gish and Siamese Dream (a rumor that Corgan later confirmed as true). Despite this, the album was well-received by critics, and the songs "Today" and "Disarm" became smash hits.

The band's 1995 follow up effort, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, was even more successful, spawning a string of hit singles. The album was nominated for seven Grammy awards that year and would eventually be certified nine times platinum in the United States. The song "1979" was Corgan's biggest hit to date, reaching #1 on Billboard's modern rock and mainstream rock charts. Their appearance on Saturday Night Live on November 11, 1995 to promote this material (their second appearance on the show overall) also was the television debut appearance of Corgan's shaved head, which he has maintained consistently ever since. Until that point, Corgan, like most other rock stars, had varied his hairstyle often.

In 1996 the song "Eye" was featured on the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Lost Highway.

During the album's tour, the band was plagued by Chamberlin's heroin addiction. On July 12, 1996, Chamberlin and touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin overdosed in a hotel room. Chamberlin survived, but Melvoin did not. The Pumpkins made the decision to fire Chamberlin and would continue as a trio. Their next effort, 1998's Adore, was undertaken with drum machines and studio drummers, and consisted of more subdued material than the band's previous efforts. Adore divided both critics and fans, resulting in a significant decrease in album sales (it sold 1.3 million discs in the US).

Chamberlin was reunited with the band in 1999, and 2000 saw Machina/The Machines of God, a concept album on which the band deliberately played to their public image; critics were again divided, and sales were lower than ever. During the recording for Machina, Wretzky quit the band and was replaced for the upcoming tour by former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur. In 2000, the band released Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music for free over the internet. The Smashing Pumpkins played their last show on December 2 of that year at the Cabaret Metro.

2001–05: Zwan and solo career

Following a brief stint touring with New Order in the summer, Corgan reunited with Chamberlin to form the band Zwan with Corgan's old friend Matt Sweeney in late 2001.[11][12] The lineup was completed with guitarist David Pajo and bassist Paz Lenchantin. The band had two distinct incarnations, the primary approach being an upbeat rock band with a three-guitar-driven sound, the second, a folk and gospel inspired acoustic side with live strings.[13] The quintet performed throughout 2002 and their debut album, Mary Star of the Sea, was released in early 2003 to generally positive reviews.[14] In the midst of their supporting tour for the album, mounting conflict between Corgan and Chamberlin and the other band members led to the cancellation of the rest of the tour as the band entered an apparent hiatus, formally announcing a breakup in September 2003.[15][16][17][18]

In 2004, Corgan began writing revealing autobiographical posts on his website and his MySpace page, blaming Iha for the breakup of the Smashing Pumpkins, calling Wretzky "a mean spirited drug addict," and criticizing his former Zwan bandmates' fixation with "indie cred" and calling them "filthy", opportunistic, and selfish.[19][20]

In late 2004, Corgan published Blinking with Fists, a book of poetry. Despite mixed reviews, the book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. [21] Around this time, he began posting autobiographical writings online under the title The Confessions of Billy Corgan.

Also in 2004, he began a solo music career, initially performing acoustic folk songs related to Chicago history. He abandoned this style in favor of an electronic/shoegaze/alternative rock sound for his first solo album, The Future Embrace. Released on June 21, 2005 through Reprise Records, it garnered mixed reviews from the press and only sold 69,000 copies.[22] Corgan toured behind his solo album with a touring band that included Linda Strawberry, Brian Liesegang and Matt Walker in 2005. This tour was not as extensive as previous Smashing Pumpkins or Zwan tours.[23]

2005–present: The Smashing Pumpkins revival

In 2005, Corgan took out a full-page ad in Chicago's two major newspapers (The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times) revealing his desire to reform the Smashing Pumpkins.[24] Several days later, Jimmy Chamberlin accepted Billy Corgan's offer for a reunion.[25]

On April 20, 2006 the band's official website confirmed that the group was indeed reuniting.[26] The band went into studio for much of 2006 and early 2007, and performed its first show in seven years on May 22, 2007, with new members Ginger Pooley (bass) and Jeff Schroeder (guitar) replacing Wretzky and Iha. The new album, titled Zeitgeist, was released in the U.S. on July 10, 2007, and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts. Corgan and the rest of the Pumpkins toured extensively throughout 2007 and 2008, also releasing the EP American Gothic and the singles "G.L.O.W." and "Superchrist". Chamberlin left the band in March 2009, and Corgan elected to continue under the name.[27]

In summer 2009, Corgan formed the band Spirits in the Sky to play a tribute concert to the late Sky Saxon of the Seeds. He then toured with the band, composed of ex-Catherine member and "Superchrist" producer Kerry Brown, the late Electric Prunes bassist Mark Tulin, Strawberry Alarm Clock keyboardist Mark Weitz, frequent Corgan collaborator Linda Strawberry, flautist Kevin Dippold, "Superchrist" violinist Ysanne Spevack, new Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne, and Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, playing covers and new Pumpkins material at several clubs in California.[28][29] At the end of the tour, Corgan, Byrne, Tulin, and Brown headed back to Chicago to begin work on the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[30] The current lineup, which includes new bassist Nicole Fiorentino, toured through much of 2010 and is now recording the "album-within-an-album" Oceania.

Personal life

Billy Corgan struggled with depression for much of his life, enduring bouts of self-injury, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and suicidal thoughts.[31] Corgan attributes these problems to the abuse he endured as a child, as well as his personal anxieties and issues.[31] While he believes he is far more stable now, he still occasionally battles depression and has become an advocate for support networks.[31]

His mother Martha died in December 1996. The song "For Martha", from Adore, was written in her memory. In the early 2000s, Corgan would name his label Martha's Music after her as well. A picture of Martha as a little girl sitting on a fake moon at Riverview Park is featured on the flipside of the Siamese Dream booklet.[32]

Corgan is an avid sports fan. A childhood fan of the Cubs, he later commented on that team for WXRT DJ Lin Brehmer.[33] He has appeared at Cubs games many times, occasionally throwing the ceremonial first pitch or singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame". He was a devoted fan of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks in the 1990s, and became personal friends with Dennis Rodman[5] and Chris Chelios.[34] He is a lifelong fan of professional wrestling and self-described "wrestlemaniac,"[35] and appeared at an Extreme Championship Wrestling event wielding an acoustic guitar as a weapon.[36] In 2008, the Pumpkins song "Doomsday Clock" was used by Ring of Honor for promotional videos.[37] On April 26, 2010, Corgan appeared live on the SIRIUS Satellite Radio program "Right After Wrestling" with Arda Ocal to discuss his love for pro wrestling and the importance of unique theme songs for characters. On August 26, 2010, Corgan took part in a professional wrestling storyline with wrestlers from the Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, during a concert for MTV World Stage.[38] As far as other entertainment, Corgan once commented that all he watches on TV are "sports and Three Stooges."[39] In March 2008, he was spotted in the crowd at the final day of the cricket test match between New Zealand and England in Wellington.

He incorporates elements of Catholicism and Buddhism into his spiritual philosophy, even though he has not publicly aligned himself with any one faith.[40] On September 9, 2009, Billy launched Everything From Here to There, an interfaith website that is devoted to "Mind-Body-Soul" integration. He mentions praying each morning and night to be able to see through Christ's eyes and feel with his heart.[41] On his drive to create art and music, he said, "God is just out my back door, yet I choose not to visit. I would rather sit alone and scheme on how to be remembered, on what more that I can do here to cement the evidence that I once walked these roads with you. It is a futile exercise. I know it is, and yet I persist."[42]

While Corgan typically avoids discussing US politics, he said after the 2008 presidential election, "I'm very proud of my country right now for doing the right thing."[43] In 2009, he posted a transcript of a webcast by political activist Lyndon LaRouche to the official Smashing Pumpkins forum.[44] On March 10, 2009, Billy Corgan testified in front of Congress on behalf of the musicFIRST Coalition. Corgan spoke in favor of H.R. 848, the Performance Rights Act, which gives musicians and artists their share of compensation when their music is played on music radio stations.[45]

In 1993, he married his longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend, museum book restorer and artist Chris Fabian. They were married at a small ceremony at his house in Wrigleyville.[46] Rumors circulated that Corgan and Courtney Love rekindled their romance during the Pumpkins' 1994 Lollapalooza tour, after Cobain's death.[47] Corgan and Fabian separated sometime during the summer of 1996, and divorced in 1997. Corgan refused to discuss the subject in interviews, saying "There is not and will not be any public record on my marriage – that's one thing I have to draw lines around."[48] He nevertheless described the circumstances of his marriage in his online Confessions, in 2005.[46]

In late 1995,[5] he started dating photographer Yelena Yemchuk, who had contributed to several Smashing Pumpkins videos and album art. He continued to date Yemchuk until around 2004. According to Corgan, his breakup with her contributed to the themes of his 2005 solo release, The Future Embrace.[49] In 2008, Corgan said, "I've had a bad marriage and seven bad girlfriends in a row", a perspective he attributes to his dedication to music.[50]

In early 2006, Corgan moved in with Love and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. According to Love, he had his own wing in her new Hollywood Hills mansion.[51] Two years later, Love criticized Corgan publicly over the latter's alleged refusal to attend Frances' sweet 16 birthday party.[52] In March 2010, Corgan stated in an interview in reference about Love "I have no interest in supporting her in any way, shape or form. You can't throw enough things down the abyss with a person like that" and said he parted ways with her. Shortly after, when Hole's Nobody's Daughter was released, Corgan unleashed on his Twitter a set of anger-filled tweets against her in reference to including two songs he wrote, "Samantha" and "How Dirty Girls Get Clean," that ended up on the new album without his permission. Love then wrote an apology to him on her Facebook, but things heated up. Billy took to his Twitter again in six tweets, attacking her again. Courtney responded to Corgan's tweets saying "All i am is nice about you so if you wanna be mean be mean i dont feel anything. i have too much to feel dear." [53]

Since April 2010, he has been dating Jessica Origliasso from The Veronicas.[54]

Collaborations

Mark Tulin—a middle-aged Caucasian male with long brown hair wearing a white shirt and black vest—plays bass guitar and smiles while Billy Corgan—a middle-aged Caucasian male wearing a dark green hat and red-and-black striped shirt with a brown jacket—plays electric guitar to his left.
Corgan has collaborated with several acts since reforming The Smashing Pumpkins; he is pictured here performing with the late Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes at a benefit concert for Sky Saxon.

In addition to performing, Corgan has produced albums for Ric Ocasek, The Frogs, and Catherine. He shared songwriting credit on several songs on Hole's 1998 album Celebrity Skin; the title track became Corgan's second #1 modern rock hit. He also acted as a consultant for Marilyn Manson during the album Mechanical Animals. He has produced three soundtracks for the movies Ransom (1996), Stigmata (1999) and Spun (2002) in which he appeared as a doctor.[55] Billy appeared at the 1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. He inducted one of his biggest musical influences, Pink Floyd. He played acoustic guitar during the ceremony with Pink Floyd, when they performed their song "Wish You Were Here". He has collaborated with Tony Iommi, Blindside, David Bowie, New Order and Marianne Faithfull. Corgan would also guide and collaborate with three bands in the 2000s—Breaking Benjamin (during sessions for 2004's We Are Not Alone), Taproot (for Blue-Sky Research, 2005), and Sky Saxon.[56] Corgan appeared as a guest vocalist on the song "Loki Cat" on Jimmy Chamberlin's first solo album Life Begins Again and Chamberlin played drums for the song "DIA" on Corgan's solo debut, where Robert Smith from The Cure teamed up with Billy Corgan to do a cover of the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody". Corgan has worked on Courtney Love's Nobody's Daughter,[57] Garbage vocalist Shirley Manson's debut solo album,[58] and Scorpions' Humanity - Hour 1.[59] In 2010, Corgan featured on Ray Davies' album on a mash-up of the tracks "All Day and All of the Night" and "Destroyer".

Abandoned projects

With The Smashing Pumpkins

Corgan has often mentioned or developed projects that remain commercially unreleased. During the press junkets for 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, he claimed that the band were planning on an MTV Unplugged appearance and album.[60] In 1998, he spoke of his hope to release a solo acoustic album,[61] a sequel to Vieuphoria,[39] and a comprehensive boxset of live Smashing Pumpkins recordings.[39] To date, none of these albums have been released.

The final Smashing Pumpkins concert before the 2000 breakup was recorded professionally, and a DVD of this performance had been mentioned frequently after the breakup but never materialized (though one song from the concert, "An Ode to No One," was later released on the DVD Greatest Hits Video Collection).[62] Meanwhile, the Glass and the Machines of God animated series (written by Jim Evans), a tie-in to the Machina albums, was never completed, though several apparent cuts of episodes were leaked in 2003.

With Zwan

During their brief time together, Zwan recorded "tons of music" outside of their Mary Star of the Sea album,[63] possibly including an entire second album as the "Djali Zwan",[64] but neither the album nor the footage were released, and Zwan's breakup was announced in spring 2003. Corgan later said it "will just sit in a box until I can stomach it."[63]

Other projects

In the "About the Author" section of his 2004 poetry book Blinking with Fists, Corgan acknowledged that he was writing a novel. It is not known whether the novel was finished, and no other information about the work has since been made available.

In his June 21, 2005 newspaper ad announcing his intention to revive Smashing Pumpkins, he announced that he was writing an autobiography, titled The Confessions of Billy Corgan.[24] Some excerpts from the work were posted online, but no publishing plans have been announced and Corgan has not publicly spoken of the project in years. In the same newspaper ad, Corgan spoke of a DVD/EP titled ChicagoSongs,[24] a release under his own name featuring songs related to his native Chicago; the project was apparently shelved when he and Jimmy Chamberlin began work on Zeitgeist. In a recent Twitter post, Corgan hinted that the Chicago Songs project may be revived in the near future, saying that there were a total of seventy two songs.[65]

Musical style and influences

Corgan performing in 1995.

When asked in a 1994 Rolling Stone interview about his influences, Corgan replied:

Eight years old, I put on the Black Sabbath record, and my life is forever changed. It sounded so heavy. It rattled the bones. I wanted that feeling. With Bauhaus and The Cure, it was the ability to create a mood and an atmosphere. The air gets heavier. With Jimi Hendrix it was the ability to translate this other level of guitar. Cheap Trick – it was a vocal influence. Although Tom Petersson once told me that Rick Nielsen called us 'tuneless and nonmelodic.'[66]

Although Corgan is not widely recognized for his guitar playing, it has been praised numerous times. Allmusic said "Starla" "proves that Corgan was one of the finest (and most underrated) rock guitarists of the '90s",[67] while Rolling Stone called him and his Smashing Pumpkins bandmates "ruthless virtuosos". Within guitar circles, he has assumed a position of respect. He wrote six articles for Guitar World in 1995, and his solos for "Cherub Rock" and "Geek USA" were included on their list of the top guitar solos of all time. His solo for "Soma" was #24 on Rolling Stone's list of the top guitar solos.[68] He is a fan of Eddie Van Halen and interviewed him in the late nineties for Guitar World.

His bass playing, which has featured on nearly every Smashing Pumpkins album, was influenced by post-punk figures like Peter Hook and Simon Gallup.[69]

Corgan has praised Radiohead, saying "if they're not the best band in the world, then they're one of the best", and is also a fan of Pantera.[70] Pantera producer Terry Date would later be brought in to produce the Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist. Other favorites include Rush, Metallica, Queen, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine,[71] and Spiritualized.[39]

He has listed his artistic influences as William S. Burroughs, Pablo Picasso, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Kerouac, and Philip K. Dick.[72][39]

Instruments

Corgan played (during the Gish-Siamese Dream era) a customized '57 Reissue Fender Stratocaster equipped with three Fender Lace Sensor pickups (the Lace Sensor Blue in the neck position, the Lace Sensor Silver in the middle position, and the Lace Sensor Red at the bridge position). It also has a five-position pickup selector switch which he installed himself. This battered Strat became his number one guitar by default. He owned a '74 Strat that was stolen shortly after Gish was completed.

Corgan also used a wide variety of guitars on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. On "Where Boys Fear to Tread", Billy used a Les Paul Junior Reissue, and on "Tonight Tonight" he used a '72 Gibson ES-335. He is also known to use a '74 Strat that has since then been painted baby blue. That guitar was used on the recordings for "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" and also "Muzzle", because the heavier wood gave it the basic Strat sound with a bit more bottom.

During the recording and tour of the album Zeitgeist, Billy used a Schecter C-1 EX baritone, finished in black with Tony Iommi signature pickups.

Corgan also endorsed Reverend Guitars in his Zwan era, most notably playing a Reverend Slingshot.

In 2008 Billy released to the market his own Fender Stratocaster. This new guitar was made to Corgan’s exact specs to create his famous mid-’90s buzzsaw tone, the instrument features three DiMarzio pickups (two custom for this instrument), a string-through hardtail bridge and a satin nitrocellulose lacquer finish. When playing live he uses both his signature Strats as well as two other Fender Strats one in red with a white pick guard and one in silver-grey with a black pick guard , a Gibson Tony Iommi signature SG and his Schecter C-1, however the Schecter is only used on the Zeitgeist song "United States".

On the official Smashing Pumpkins YouTube channel, a recently uploaded video called 'Stompland' features Corgan revealing an array of the pedals he used on many recordings throughout his career with the Smashing Pumpkins.

Solo discography

On May 24, 2007 at den Atelier, Luxembourg City.

Albums

Singles

Soundtrack work

Albums featured

  • 1991: Sparkle (by Catherine, The EP is produced by Corgan)
  • 1994: Songs About Girls (by Catherine, The song "It's No Lie" is produced by Corgan)
  • 1994: Chante Des Chanson Sur Les Filles (by Catherine, The EP is produced by Corgan as "Johhny Goat")
  • 1994: Sleepy EP (by Catherine, The EP is produced by Corgan)
  • 1996: Guitars That Rule the World, Vol. 2: Smell the Fuzz:The Superstar Guitar Album (by Various Artists, Corgan is credited as writer and performer of "Ascendo")
  • 1997: Starjob (by The Frogs, The EP is produced by Corgan as "Johhny Goat")
  • 1997: Troublizing (by Ric Ocasek, Corgan is credited as writer of "Asia Minor" and playing guitar on "The Next Right Moment", "Crashland Consequence", "Situation", "Fix on You" and "People We Know")
  • 1998: Celebrity Skin (by Hole, Corgan is credited as co-writer of "Celebrity Skin", "Hit So Hard", "Malibu", "Dying" and "Petals")
  • 1998: "I Belong to You" single (by Lenny Kravitz, Corgan remixed the second track "If You Can't Say No (Flunky In The attic Mix)")
  • 1998 Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson, Corgan performed backing vocals on Speed of Pain, although not credited, he is thanked in the album credits.
  • 1999: Paraphernalia (by Enuff Z'Nuff, Corgan is credited as guitarist on the song "Everything Works If You Let It")
  • 2000: Iommi (by Tony Iommi, Corgan is credited as writer of and vocalist on "Black Oblivion")
  • 2001: Get Ready (by New Order, Corgan is contributing voice on "Turn My Way")
  • 2002: Kissin' Time (by Marianne Faithfull, Corgan is credited as writer of "Wherever I Go", "I'm on Fire" and contributing on "Something Good")
  • 2003: "Lights Out" single (by Lisa Marie Presley, Corgan is credited as writer of "Savior")
  • 2004: We Are Not Alone (by Breaking Benjamin, Corgan is credited as writer of "Follow", "Forget It" and "Rain")
  • 2004: The Essential Cheap Trick (by Cheap Trick, Corgan is playing guitar on the live recording of the track "Mandocello")
  • 2004: About a Burning Fire (by Blindside, Corgan is playing guitar on "Hooray, It's L.A.")
  • 2005: Life Begins Again (by Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, Corgan is contributing voice on "Loki Cat")
  • 2005: Blue-Sky Research (by Taproot, Corgan wrote the track "Lost in the Woods" and co-wrote the tracks "Violent Seas" and "Promise")
  • 2006: ONXRT:Live From The Archives Volume 9 (A compilation CD from the radio station 93 WXRT in Chicago features the live recording of the track "A100")
  • 2007: Humanity Hour 1 (by Scorpions, Corgan is contributing voice on "The Cross")
  • 2010: Nobody's Daughter (by Hole, Corgan is credited as co-writer of "Pacific Coast Highway", "Samantha" and "Loser Dust")
  • 2010: See My Friends (by Ray Davies, Corgan is featured in the song "All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer")

References

  1. ^ William also fathered a half-brother, but Corgan has never found out who he is. See: Corgan, Billy. "The Toy Hammer." The Confessions of Billy Corgan. 2005-06-02.
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. "Rock and Roll's Best and Worst Chicago Songs." Chicago Sun-Times. 2003/07/30.
  3. ^ Corgan, Billy. "Following the Moon." The Confessions of Billy Corgan. 2005/07/01.
  4. ^ Wilson, Beth (1995-04-17). "He's My Brother.". Daily Herald. 
  5. ^ a b c d Howard Stern interviews Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin (mp3 recording). 2000/02/29.
  6. ^ a b c d Blashill, Pat (October 1996). "Out on a Limb". Details Magazine. 
  7. ^ DeRogatis, pg. 76
  8. ^ Fricke, David. "Smashing Pumpkins Look Back in Wonder". Rolling Stone Magazine. 2000-12-20.
  9. ^ Corgan, Billy. "Eddy Street." The Confessions of Billy Corgan. 2005/04/15.
  10. ^ a b c Corgan, Billy. Interview. Vieuphoria.
  11. ^ "Billy Corgan joins New Order: report". JAM! Music. 2001-05-23.
  12. ^ Moss, Corey. "Billy Corgan Ready To Debut His New Band, Zwan". MTV. 2001-11-02.
  13. ^ "Zwan Bassist Quits Band to Join A Perfect Circle". XFM London. 2003-08-07.
  14. ^ Mary Star of the Sea on Metacritic. Metacritic.com. 2003-01-28.
  15. ^ Dansby, Andrew. "Zwan Cancels European Tour". RollingStone.com. 2003-06-13. Available here [1].
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  17. ^ Kot, Greg. "Billy Corgan comes clean, starts over". Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2005. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
  18. ^ Snierson, Dan. "To His Soul". Entertainment Weekly, May 23, 2005. Retrieved on September 10, 2007.
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  21. ^ "Billy Corgan's First Poetry Effort Debuts on New York Times Best Seller List". Archived from the original on 2004-11-17. http://web.archive.org/web/20041117023410/http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=75513. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
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