The Smashing Pumpkins

(Redirected from Smashing Pumpkins) The Smashing Pumpkins (circa 1995) left to right: James Iha, D'Arcy, Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin.

The Smashing Pumpkins (previously known as simply Smashing Pumpkins) were a critically and commercially successful American alternative rock band of the 1990s and early 21st century.

Less punk influenced than many of their contemporaries, their distinctive sound featured a dense, guitar-heavy sound and combined elements of heavy metal, psychedelia, power pop, acoustic music, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. They produced a series of critically and commercially successful records between their formation in 1988 and dissolution in 2000.

Early years: Foundation and Gish

At the age of 19, singer and guitarist Billy Corgan left his native Chicago, Illinois, moving to St. Petersburg, Florida with his Goth band The Marked. The band had limited success and quickly dissolved, and Corgan returned to Chicago, taking a job in a record store. There he met guitarist James Iha. They began writing songs with the aid of a drum machine. In 1988, Corgan met bassist D'Arcy Wretzky at another band's gig in Chicago; Wretzky would join the band shortly after; Wretsky and Iha would eventually have a personal relationship. Though they played their first gig as a duo at a Polish bar, jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was brought in to the band after Cabaret Metro owner Joe Shanahan agreed to book the Pumpkins, provided they threw out the drum machine and recruited a human drummer instead.

In 1990, they released their first record, a limited edition single called "I Am One" on local Chicago label Limited Potential. The single sold out and they released another single, "Tristessa" on Sub Pop Records, after which they signed to Virgin Records. To give them indie credibility, Virgin matched the band with Sonic Youth producer Butch Vig and released their 1991 debut album Gish on Virgin subsidiary label Caroline Records. Named after actress Lillian Gish, the record fused heavy metal guitars, psychedelia and Dream pop and went on to become a minor success. During the Gish tour, Iha and Wretsky went through a messy breakup, Chamberlin became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and Corgan entered a deep depression, writing some songs for the upcoming album in the parking garage where he lived at the time.

Siamese Dream: Mainstream success

Siamese Dream, the band's 1993 release.

To counteract his depression, Corgan worked overtime, playing all of the guitar, bass and vocal tracks for the 1993 follow up album, Siamese Dream. Contemporary music press portrayed Corgan as something of a tyrant during the recording sessions, with rumors circulating that Corgan had unilaterally erased and redone guitar and bass parts previously recorded by Iha and D'arcy, claims which band members say were greatly exaggerated. Corgan went on record saying if the record didn't sell well, the band would break up. Siamese Dream sold four million copies in the US, and the videos for the songs "Today" and "Disarm" garnered the Pumpkins international attention through heavy rotation on MTV.

In 1994, Virgin released a B-sides/rarities compilation Pisces Iscariot and a concert video Vieuphoria. A CD version of Vieuphoria, entitled Earphoria was released to radio stations only. In 2002, Vieuphoria (on DVD) and Earphoria were released to the public.

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, the band's 1995 double CD.

Following relentless touring to support the recordings, the band took time off to write the follow up album. Corgan worked non-stop over the next year and wrote, according to statements in interviews, about 50 songs for the next album. Following this spell of concentrated creativity, the Pumpkins went back into the studio with producer Flood to work on what Corgan described as "The Wall of the '90s," a comparison with Pink Floyd's famous double concept album.

The result was Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a double-disc (triple on vinyl) album release featuring 28 songs and lasting over 2 hours. While the idea of an overriding concept was dropped somewhere along the way, Mellon Collie became even more successful than Siamese Dream, selling over twelve million copies worldwide. It also garnered seven 1996 Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year. Its hit songs included "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Tonight, Tonight," "1979" and "Zero." Many of the remaining songs that, for one reason or another, did not make it onto Mellon Collie were released as B-sides to the singles, eventually compiled in the now out of print The Aeroplane Flies High box set.

The band's fortunes changed significantly on July 12, 1996, when touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and Chamberlin overdosed on heroin in a hotel room in New York City. Melvoin died, and Chamberlin was arrested for drug possession. Chamberlin was subsequently fired from the band.

Though the band finished the tour with another drummer and keyboardist, their profile had taken a marked downturn. Billy Corgan became something of a hate figure amongst the hard rock press following a statement in which he declared rock to be dead. He stated that Mellon Collie would be the last Pumpkins record of that type, and that rock was, for himself at least, becoming stale due to a lack of willingness to experiment from other rock artists.

Adore

Billy Corgan

Recorded following the death of Corgan's mother, 1998's Adore represented a significant change of style from the Pumpkins' previous guitar based rock, veering into electronica, trimming much of the guitar-driven sonic underpinnings and infused with a much heavier mood. The record was cut using drum machines and was distinctly experimental. Corgan also modified his public image, shedding his alternative hipster look for a dark Gothic persona, and began hanging around Marilyn Manson. Although Adore received quite favorable reviews and was nominated for Best Alternative Performance at the Grammys, the album sold only 3 million copies.

Machina

The return of a rehabilitated Jimmy Chamberlin for 2000's MACHINA/The Machines of God signaled a return to a more familiar Pumpkins sound, but failed to widely connect with fans. MACHINA also brought Corgan's desire to write a concept album to fruition.

The band's lineup changed again at this point. Bass player Wretzky departed after the recording of MACHINA/The Machines of God, and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur was recruited for the "Sacred and Profane" tour in support of the album.

Breakup

In May 2000, Billy Corgan announced the band's decision to break up at the end of that year following additional touring and recording. In a first for an established band, the group's final album, MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, was released in September 2000 in a limited pressing on vinyl with permission and instructions for free redistribution on the internet by fans. The Smashing Pumpkins' final commercial recording was a single, "Untitled".

On December 2, 2000, Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert at The Metro, the same Chicago club where their career had effectively started twelve years earlier. A DVD of the 4 hour concert is still in the works.

The Smashing Pumpkins won many awards during their careers (including two Grammy awards: Hard Rock Performance 1996 for "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", and Hard Rock Performance 1997 for "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"), headlined several major tours, appeared on a few movie soundtracks and released an impressive number of songs in a fairly short time.

Post Breakup

2001 saw the release of a posthumous greatest hits compilation, Rotten Apples (Greatest Hits), which included various singles spanning their decade long career. The now rare double disc version of the album, released as a limited edition, included a B-sides/rarities collection called Judas O. A greatest hits DVD was also released around the same time. It compiled all of the Pumpkins promo videos from Gish to MACHINA, the rare promo for "I Am One", a 15 minute short film called "Try" as well as a TV performance of "Geek U.S.A.". It also features the performance of "Fuck You (An Ode To No One)" from their final gig at the Metro. (There is one notable omission, "The End Is the Beginning Is the End", used in the Batman and Robin soundtrack. This is excluded because the rights are owned by Warner Brothers, who loaned out the band from their regular label, Virgin Records.)

Corgan and Chamberlin would reunite in 2001 as members of Corgan's next project, the shortlived Zwan. Their only album, Mary Star of the Sea, was released to mixed reviews, and after cancelling a few festival appearances Corgan announced the demise of the band in 2003.

On February 17, 2004, Billy Corgan posted a bitter message on his personal blog calling Wretzky a "mean spirited drug addict" and blaming Iha for the breakup of The Smashing Pumpkins. On June 3, 2004, he added that "the depth of my hurt [from Iha] is only matched with the depth of my gratitude".

In October, 2004, Corgan released his first book, a book of poetry entitled Blinking with Fists. He is also publicly open with his work on a new solo album, even requesting fans to attend live taping sessions.

At the same time, Jimmy Chamberlin has completed work on his first solo album, entitled The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex.

James Iha continues his work as guitarist with A Perfect Circle.

D'arcy Wretzky has not made any statements or appearances since leaving the band in 1999.

Discography

Studio Albums

EPs and B-sides

Live and compilations

In addition to official releases, there are a wide variety of bootleg and rare tracks circulating on the web. A very limited-release boxed set of rarities (fewer than 10 copies are rumored to have been produced) was distributed to friends by Corgan in 1994; known as Mashed Potatoes, this set has achieved near-legendary status among fans.

With Billy's blessing, the 5-disc set, along with many other demos, can today be downloaded on various sites throughout the web. A large fan site currently offers all of them: http://www.billy-corgan.com/downloads/mp3/mashed_potatoes/index.php .

Music videos

  • Siva from Gish
  • Rhinoceros from Gish
  • I Am One from Gish (this video was finally released in 2001 on the Greatest Hits DVD)
  • Cherub Rock from Siamese Dream
  • Today from Siamese Dream
  • Disarm from Siamese Dream
  • Rocket from Siamese Dream
  • Bullet with Butterfly Wings from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • 1979 from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • Zero from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • Tonight, Tonight from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • Thirty-Three from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
  • The End is the Beginning is the End from Batman and Robin OST
  • Ava Adore from Adore
  • Perfect from Adore
  • The Everlasting Gaze from MACHINA/The Machines of God
  • Stand Inside Your Love from MACHINA/The Machines of God
  • Try, Try, Try from MACHINA/The Machines of God
  • Untitled from Rotten Apples

Sample

  • Download sample of "Cherub Rock" from Siamese Dream

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A large fan site currently offers all of them: http://www.billy-corgan.com/downloads/mp3/mashed_potatoes/index.php . Bruce Springsteen is credited with helping to launch the career of a young Courteney Cox by granting her an appearance in his famous "Dancing in the Dark" music video. With Billy's blessing, the 5-disc set, along with many other demos, can today be downloaded on various sites throughout the web.
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D'arcy Wretzky has not made any statements or appearances since leaving the band in 1999. Springsteen thus represented one of only a few modern performers whose music was viewed as widely relevant to the politics and culture of the day. James Iha continues his work as guitarist with A Perfect Circle. Despite his overt partisanship, however, Springsteen was forgiven by many of his Republican fans, many of whom said they found Springsteen's passion for America and personal struggle consistent with their own ideology. At the same time, Jimmy Chamberlin has completed work on his first solo album, entitled The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex. In the last days of John Kerry's campaign, he performed acoustic versions of his songs at Kerry rallies, mainly "No Surrender," "Thunder Road" and "The Promised Land". He is also publicly open with his work on a new solo album, even requesting fans to attend live taping sessions. Springsteen's "No Surrender" became the main campaign theme song for John Kerry's unsuccessful presidential campaign.

In October, 2004, Corgan released his first book, a book of poetry entitled Blinking with Fists. This led to both criticism and praise from the expected partisan sources. On June 3, 2004, he added that "the depth of my hurt [from Iha] is only matched with the depth of my gratitude". Several days later, Springsteen had one more concert in New Jersey for Moveon.org. On February 17, 2004, Billy Corgan posted a bitter message on his personal blog calling Wretzky a "mean spirited drug addict" and blaming Iha for the breakup of The Smashing Pumpkins. A finale was held in Washington, D.C., bringing many of the artists together. Their only album, Mary Star of the Sea, was released to mixed reviews, and after cancelling a few festival appearances Corgan announced the demise of the band in 2003. Bush.

Corgan and Chamberlin would reunite in 2001 as members of Corgan's next project, the shortlived Zwan. All were be held in swing states, to benefit MoveOn.org and encourage people to vote against George W. This is excluded because the rights are owned by Warner Brothers, who loaned out the band from their regular label, Virgin Records.). In 2004, Springsteen announced that he and the E Street Band would participate in a politically motivated "Vote for Change" tour, in conjunction with John Fogerty, the Dixie Chicks, R.E.M., Jurassic 5 and other musicians. (There is one notable omission, "The End Is the Beginning Is the End", used in the Batman and Robin soundtrack. Bob Dylan was a surprise guest on the last night, the two performed "Highway 61 Revisited" together. It also features the performance of "Fuck You (An Ode To No One)" from their final gig at the Metro. Bruce Springsteen lost his police escort for the second night after performing "American Skin (41 shots)" a song about the police shooting of Amadou Diallo.

It compiled all of the Pumpkins promo videos from Gish to MACHINA, the rare promo for "I Am One", a 15 minute short film called "Try" as well as a TV performance of "Geek U.S.A.". It would come to a final conclusion with 3 nights in Shea Stadium. A greatest hits DVD was also released around the same time. A massive tour was made to promote The Rising. The now rare double disc version of the album, released as a limited edition, included a B-sides/rarities collection called Judas O. The album, mostly a reflection on the September 11 attacks, was a critical and popular success, and hailed the return of "The Boss". 2001 saw the release of a posthumous greatest hits compilation, Rotten Apples (Greatest Hits), which included various singles spanning their decade long career. In 2002, Springsteen released his first studio effort with the full band in 18 years, The Rising, produced by Brendan O'Brien.

The Smashing Pumpkins won many awards during their careers (including two Grammy awards: Hard Rock Performance 1996 for "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", and Hard Rock Performance 1997 for "The End Is the Beginning Is the End"), headlined several major tours, appeared on a few movie soundtracks and released an impressive number of songs in a fairly short time. Fields: "All things being equal, I'd rather be in Philadelphia.". A DVD of the 4 hour concert is still in the works. C. On December 2, 2000, Smashing Pumpkins played their final concert at The Metro, the same Chicago club where their career had effectively started twelve years earlier. Drawing on his strong fan base in Philadelphia, Springsteen chose to celebrate his 50th birthday in September 1999 with a live show at the Philadelphia Spectrum, which he opened with his hit "Growing Up." Closing the song on that night, he quoted W. The Smashing Pumpkins' final commercial recording was a single, "Untitled". The E-United World Tour resulted in an HBO Concert, with corresponding DVD and album releases as Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live In New York City.

In a first for an established band, the group's final album, MACHINA II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, was released in September 2000 in a limited pressing on vinyl with permission and instructions for free redistribution on the internet by fans. In 1999, the Band officially re-united and went on an extensive world tour, lasting over a year in length and finishing with ten sold out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. In May 2000, Billy Corgan announced the band's decision to break up at the end of that year following additional touring and recording. In 1998, another precursor to the E Street Band's upcoming re-birth appeared in the form of a sprawling, four-disc box set of out-takes, Tracks. Bass player Wretzky departed after the recording of MACHINA/The Machines of God, and former Hole bassist Melissa Auf der Maur was recruited for the "Sacred and Profane" tour in support of the album. In 1995, after temporarily re-organizing the E Street Band for a few new songs recorded for his first Greatest Hits album (a recording session that was chronicled in the film "Blood Brothers"), he released his second solo guitar album, The Ghost of Tom Joad. The band's lineup changed again at this point. The song, along with the film, was applauded by many for its sympathetic portrayal of a gay man dying of AIDS, especially coming from a main-stream, heterosexual musician.

MACHINA also brought Corgan's desire to write a concept album to fruition. A multiple Grammy Award winner, he also won an Academy Award in 1993 for his song "Streets of Philadelphia," which appeared in the soundtrack to the film Philadelphia. The return of a rehabilitated Jimmy Chamberlin for 2000's MACHINA/The Machines of God signaled a return to a more familiar Pumpkins sound, but failed to widely connect with fans. As opposed to his first two albums, which dreamed of happiness, and his next four, which showed him growing to fear it, these albums saw a finally satisfied and mature Springsteen. Although Adore received quite favorable reviews and was nominated for Best Alternative Performance at the Grammys, the album sold only 3 million copies. Human Touch and Lucky Town were even more introspective than any of his previous work. Also different about these albums was the confidence he displayed. Corgan also modified his public image, shedding his alternative hipster look for a dark Gothic persona, and began hanging around Marilyn Manson. In 1992, after breaking up with most of the E Street Band (Roy Bittan remained), Springsteen released two albums simultaneously.

The record was cut using drum machines and was distinctly experimental. You got to learn to live with what you can't rise above.". Recorded following the death of Corgan's mother, 1998's Adore represented a significant change of style from the Pumpkins' previous guitar based rock, veering into electronica, trimming much of the guitar-driven sonic underpinnings and infused with a much heavier mood. But the house is haunted, and the ride gets rough. Billy Corgan became something of a hate figure amongst the hard rock press following a statement in which he declared rock to be dead. He stated that Mellon Collie would be the last Pumpkins record of that type, and that rock was, for himself at least, becoming stale due to a lack of willingness to experiment from other rock artists. Man meets woman, and they fall in love. Though the band finished the tour with another drummer and keyboardist, their profile had taken a marked downturn. "Ought to be easy, ought to be simple enough.

Chamberlin was subsequently fired from the band. Reflecting the challenges of love, on Tunnel of Love's title song, Springsteen famously sang:. Melvoin died, and Chamberlin was arrested for drug possession. It coincided with the breakup of his first marriage to actress Julianne Phillips. The band's fortunes changed significantly on July 12, 1996, when touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and Chamberlin overdosed on heroin in a hotel room in New York City. After this commercial peak, Springsteen released the much more sedate and contemplative Tunnel of Love (1987), a mature reflection on the many faces of love found, lost and squandered. Its hit songs included "Bullet with Butterfly Wings", "Tonight, Tonight," "1979" and "Zero." Many of the remaining songs that, for one reason or another, did not make it onto Mellon Collie were released as B-sides to the singles, eventually compiled in the now out of print The Aeroplane Flies High box set. The song was widely mis-interpreted on release as nationalistic. In later years Springsteen performed the song accompanied only with acoustic guitar to restore the song's original meaning.

It also garnered seven 1996 Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year. The title track was a tribute to Springsteen's buddies that had experienced the Vietnam War, some of whom did not come back. While the idea of an overriding concept was dropped somewhere along the way, Mellon Collie became even more successful than Siamese Dream, selling over twelve million copies worldwide. Springsteen is probably best known for the multi-million selling Born in the U.S.A.(1984), and the successful world tour that followed it. The result was Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, a double-disc (triple on vinyl) album release featuring 28 songs and lasting over 2 hours. He continued to consolidate his thematic focus on working-class life with the double album The River in 1980 and the solo acoustic Nebraska in 1982. Following this spell of concentrated creativity, the Pumpkins went back into the studio with producer Flood to work on what Corgan described as "The Wall of the '90s," a comparison with Pink Floyd's famous double concept album. However, a legal battle with former manager Mike Appel kept Springsteen out of the studio for a while, and probably also contributed to the much more sombre tone of his 1978 album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

Corgan worked non-stop over the next year and wrote, according to statements in interviews, about 50 songs for the next album. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time."[3] (http://home.theboots.net/theboots/articles/future.html) (Landau later became Springsteen's manager and producer). With the release of his album Born to Run in 1975, Springsteen made the covers of both Time Magazine and Newsweek the same week, on October 27 of that year. Following relentless touring to support the recordings, the band took time off to write the follow up album. In Boston's The Real Paper May 22, 1974, music critic Jon Landau wrote, "I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. In 2002, Vieuphoria (on DVD) and Earphoria were released to the public. Although Greetings and his second album, The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle received critical acclaim, they failed to achieve commercial success. In 1994, Virgin released a B-sides/rarities compilation Pisces Iscariot and a concert video Vieuphoria. A CD version of Vieuphoria, entitled Earphoria was released to radio stations only. Manfred Mann's Earth Band later turned one song from this album, "Blinded By The Light," into a number one hit.

Siamese Dream sold four million copies in the US, and the videos for the songs "Today" and "Disarm" garnered the Pumpkins international attention through heavy rotation on MTV. His debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J., from January 1973 established him as a critical favorite [2] (http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/_/id/107193), though sales were slow. Corgan went on record saying if the record didn't sell well, the band would break up. Upon signing a solo record deal with Columbia Records in 1972, Springsteen brought many of his New Jersey-based musician friends into the studio with him, many of them forming the E Street Band. Contemporary music press portrayed Corgan as something of a tyrant during the recording sessions, with rumors circulating that Corgan had unilaterally erased and redone guitar and bass parts previously recorded by Iha and D'arcy, claims which band members say were greatly exaggerated. He began his recording career with the E Street Band in 1973. To counteract his depression, Corgan worked overtime, playing all of the guitar, bass and vocal tracks for the 1993 follow up album, Siamese Dream. Drawing on his extensive local appeal, his appearances in major New Jersey and Philadelphia venues routinely would sell out for consecutive nights and, much like the Grateful Dead, his show's song lists would vary significantly from night to night.

During the Gish tour, Iha and Wretsky went through a messy breakup, Chamberlin became addicted to drugs and alcohol, and Corgan entered a deep depression, writing some songs for the upcoming album in the parking garage where he lived at the time. Even after gaining international acclaim, Springsteen's New Jersey roots would reverberate in his music, with him routinely praising "the great state of New Jersey" in his live shows. Named after actress Lillian Gish, the record fused heavy metal guitars, psychedelia and Dream pop and went on to become a minor success. His New Jersey shows quickly gathered cult-like appeal for their energy, passion and longevity, most lasting in excess of three hours. To give them indie credibility, Virgin matched the band with Sonic Youth producer Butch Vig and released their 1991 debut album Gish on Virgin subsidiary label Caroline Records. Before being discovered nationally, he returned to Asbury Park, New Jersey, and performed regularly at The Stone Pony and other small Asbury Park nightclubs. The single sold out and they released another single, "Tristessa" on Sub Pop Records, after which they signed to Virgin Records. They went on to perform some memorable shows at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

In 1990, they released their first record, a limited edition single called "I Am One" on local Chicago label Limited Potential. He began performing in Richmond, Virginia in late 1969 and through 1970 with singer Robbin Thompson in a band called Steel Mill. Though they played their first gig as a duo at a Polish bar, jazz drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was brought in to the band after Cabaret Metro owner Joe Shanahan agreed to book the Pumpkins, provided they threw out the drum machine and recruited a human drummer instead. One of Springsteen's earliest recordings is from 1965, when he was originally the guitar player for a band called the Castiles, later becoming lead singer. In 1988, Corgan met bassist D'Arcy Wretzky at another band's gig in Chicago; Wretzky would join the band shortly after; Wretsky and Iha would eventually have a personal relationship. His father, Douglas, was a bus driver of Dutch ancestry and his mother, Adele Zirilli Springsteen, an Italian-American legal secretary. They began writing songs with the aid of a drum machine. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in Freehold Borough, New Jersey.

There he met guitarist James Iha. His album, The Rising, is a retrospective of those events. The band had limited success and quickly dissolved, and Corgan returned to Chicago, taking a job in a record store. Springsteen is also noted for his work for the relief effort after the September 11th attacks. Petersburg, Florida with his Goth band The Marked. "Born in the USA" was so popular that Ronald Reagan famously chose it to be the theme of his 1984 presidential campaign, misinterpreting it to be a patriotic song rather than a protest song about the Vietnam War. At the age of 19, singer and guitarist Billy Corgan left his native Chicago, Illinois, moving to St. Springsteen has become popular in his own right despite that because of the appeal of his songs.

They produced a series of critically and commercially successful records between their formation in 1988 and dissolution in 2000. Comparisons are inevitably made between him and Bob Dylan [1] (http://home.theboots.net/theboots/articles/bangs_btr_review.html) because of his folk rock roots. Less punk influenced than many of their contemporaries, their distinctive sound featured a dense, guitar-heavy sound and combined elements of heavy metal, psychedelia, power pop, acoustic music, shoegazer-style production and, in later recordings, electronica. His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the USA, epitomize his penchant for writing about the struggles of a young man growing up in the streets of New Jersey. The Smashing Pumpkins (previously known as simply Smashing Pumpkins) were a critically and commercially successful American alternative rock band of the 1990s and early 21st century. His eloquence in expressing Everyman's problems has earned him a huge fan base within America's middle class. Download sample of "Cherub Rock" from Siamese Dream. Springsteen is most widely known for his brand of heartland rock, rock and roll infused with Americana sentiments.

Untitled from Rotten Apples. He frequently recorded with The E-Street Band. Try, Try, Try from MACHINA/The Machines of God. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter, nicknamed "The Boss". Stand Inside Your Love from MACHINA/The Machines of God. 2002 "Lonesome Day" #39 UK. The Everlasting Gaze from MACHINA/The Machines of God. from "The Rising"

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    Perfect from Adore. 1997 "Secret Garden" #19 US, #17 UK. Ava Adore from Adore. from "Jerry Maguire" soundtrack (originally on "Greatest Hits")

      . The End is the Beginning is the End from Batman and Robin OST. 1996 "The Ghost of Tom Joad" #26 UK. Thirty-Three from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. from "The Ghost of Tom Joad"
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        Tonight, Tonight from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. 1995 "Hungry Heart" (re-issue) #28 UK. Zero from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. from "Greatest Hits"

          . 1979 from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. 1994 "Streets of Philadelphia" #9 US, #2 UK. Bullet with Butterfly Wings from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. from "Philadelphia" soundtrack
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            Rocket from Siamese Dream. 1992 "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" #32 UK. Disarm from Siamese Dream. 1992 "Human Touch" #16 US, #11 UK. Today from Siamese Dream. from "Human Touch"

              . Cherub Rock from Siamese Dream. 1992 "Better Days" #34 UK.

              I Am One from Gish (this video was finally released in 2001 on the Greatest Hits DVD). from "Lucky Town"

                . Rhinoceros from Gish. 1988 "One Step Up" #13 US. Siva from Gish. 1988 "Spare Parts" #32 UK. 1988 "Tougher Than the Rest" #13 UK.

                1987 "Tunnel of Love" #9 US. 1987 "Brilliant Disguise" #5 US, #20 UK. from "Tunnel of Love"

                  . 1987 "Born to Run" (re-issue) #16 UK.

                  non-album-related single

                    . 1986 "War" #8 US, #18 UK. from "Live/1975-85"
                      . 1985 "I'm Goin' Down" #9 US.

                      1985 "My Hometown" #6 US, #9 UK (double A-side with Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town in the UK). 1985 "Glory Days" #5 US, #17 UK. 1985 "I'm on Fire" #6 US, #5 UK (double A-side with Born in the USA in the UK). 1985 "Cover Me" (re-entry) #16 UK.

                      1985 "Dancing in the Dark" (re-entry) #4 UK. 1984 "Cover Me" #7 US, #38 UK. 1984 "Dancing in the Dark" #2 US, #28 UK. 1984 "Born in the U.S.A." #9 US.

                      from "Born in the U.S.A."

                        . 1981 "Fade Away" #20 US. 1981 "The River" #35 UK. 1980 "Hungry Heart" #5 US.

                        from "The River"

                          . 1978 "Prove It All Night" #33 US. from "Darkness on the Edge of Town"
                            . 1975 "Born to Run" #23 US.

                            from "Born to Run"

                              . Download sample of "Badlands" from Darkness on the Edge of Town. Max Weinberg - drums (replaced Ernest "Boom" Carter in 1975, who replaced Vinnie "Mad Dog" Lopez in 1974 or 1975). Steven van Zandt - guitar, mandolin (replaced Sukia Levy [violin] in 1975; left in 1984 to go solo as Little Steven; rejoined in 1995).

                              Soozie Tyrell - violin (recorded with Springsteen in 1995, joined the band in 2002 with "The Rising" album and tour). Tallent - bass guitar. Gary W. Patti Scialfa - guitar (Springsteen's wife - added in 1984).

                              Nils Lofgren - guitar (replaced Steven van Zandt in 1984; remained in group after van Zandt returned). Danny Federici - organ, glockenspiel, keyboard. Clarence Clemons - saxophone. Roy Bittan - piano (replaced David Sancious in 1975).

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