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Smashing Pumpkins


The 1996 tour was a major success for the band but excessive moshing at some of their shows caused some problems. At a show in Ireland a girl was crushed and later died from moshing despite warnings from the band. At a later gig singer/guitarist Billy Corgan said to the audience: I just want to say one thing to you, you young, college lughead-types. I've been watchin' people like you sluggin' around other people for seven years. And you know what? It's the same shit. I wish you'd understand that in an environment like this, and in a setting like this, it's fairly inappropriate and unfair to the rest of the people around you. I, and we, publicly take a stand against moshing!
Submitted by: Listen to the Pumpkin King!
Interviewer: Do you want to start the first 'spanking the monkey' joke?
Billy Corgan: No. Is this for real? Are you really going to tell this corny joke?
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional music quotes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • Billy had an ex-girlfriend from a small city outside Chicago which was popular in the area for pumpkin patches. After they broke up Billy named the band smashing pumpkins as a knock on his ex. Submitted by: Sean
  • The name is taken from the Shakespeare play "Twelfth Night": Sir Toby (or was it Feste, the clown?) climbs over the garden wall, looses his hold and drops on the other side, smashing pumpkins that grow there. Submitted by: Erix

Stupid Band Names:

  • Sounds like a good Halloween prank. Go across town and smash everyone's pumpkins. Whatever. Submitted by: hekifier
  • It's unique, but it sounds too silly for a mainstream (non-comedic) rock band. Submitted by: Jonathan S.

New Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Store owner"owns three antiques shops - Ra'akone

Former Career:

New Career
Comments & Submitter Name
"Jimmy Chamberlin""Construction worker"Had a job building custom homes with his brother-in-law, after he left the band JP and the Cats. After his stint in construction, he joined the Smashing Pumpkins - Ra'akone
"Billy Corgan""worked at a records store"While there, he met future bandmate James Iha. - Ra'akone

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Pug""pug" is not said anywhere in the song. - Steve
"Eye"The word "eye" is never used in the song. The same sounding word "I" however, is frequently used. - Steve
"Rhinocerus"This wonderful creature is never actually mentioned in the song. - Blaydeman
"Ava Adore""It's you that I adore
You'll always be my whore."

Sorry, no Ava. - rocky
"Thirty-Three""To make it last forever you" was used as a chorus. But no "thirty-three" was mentioned in the lyrics. - Mickey D.

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Squishing SquashAnother synonym for smash and a different gourd.Hugh Jim Bessile
Amazing PumpkinsIf the members were British instead of AmericanZev
Insane HalloweenWhy else would the pumpkins have gotten smashed?Asa
Repairing PumpkinsOne goes hand in hand with the other.PJ
Crashing PumpkinsA Cinderella story whose clocks have struck midnight.Hooman

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"Bullet With Buffalo Wings""Bullet With Butterfly Wings"Ned MacCamden
"Bully With Butterfingers""Bullet With Butterfly Wings"rocky
"Negative One (-1)""Zero"newrock
"Mullet with Applepie Rings""Bullet With Buttferfly Wings"Afterlife Unknown

There are additional new song names available.

Literally Impossible Song Titles:

Submitter Name
"Stand Inside Your Love,"One can't stand inside love.Steve
"Stand Inside Of Your Love,"How do get inside of an emotion?George Straitjacket
"The End Is The Beginning Is The End,"Wait! Is the end the beginning or is it the end?Carol
"Bullet With Butterfly Wings,"bullets don't have wings; they can't flyHeather Brockwell

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"When Will My Life Begin?," Mandy Moore"Today," Smashing Pumpkins
"Time Machine," Ingrid Michaelson"1979," Smashing Pumpkins
"What's Your Number?," Cypress Hill"33," Smashing Pumpkins
"Rock And Roll Band," Boston"Today," Smashing Pumpkins
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Down" originally "Drown"
Joe Siebert
"Sunk" originally "Slunk"
Eva Cave
"Here Boys Fear To Tread" originally "Where Boys Fear To Tread"
Joanna Whitmire
"Where Boys Fear To Read" originally "Where Boys Fear To Tread"
Joanna Whitmire
"The Imploding Vice" originally "The Imploding Voice"
U. Carrie Oats

There are additional song titles with a letter removed available.

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Bulleit With Butterfly Wings" originally "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Wings as likely on bourbon as on a bullet.
Anita Grade
"Lava Adore" originally "Ava Adore"
A volcanologist's song?
Joanna Whitmire
"Bullet With Butterfly Swings" originally "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Butterfly swings? Weird! Ooh!
Joanna Whitmire
"Everlasting Glaze" originally "Everlasting Gaze"
A song about a doughnut that won't die!
"Greek USA" originally "Geek USA"
Does this make sense?

Change a Letter:

"Galapagos" originally "Galapogos"
Corrects the spelling!
"Grown" originally "Drown"
Pronounced like 'oan', unlike original title.
"Brown" originally "Drown"
"Crown" originally "Drown"
"Toddy" originally "Today"
A 'cutesy' nickname for Todd.

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.


June 14
a parody of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins
To match the line 'Despite all my rage.' Originally uploaded November 30, 2011 0823 PM, it was probably my last video to be made with only Windows Movie Maker. Currently being used as the autoplay video on my channel, in hopes that people will one day heed the video's message and subscribe.
YouTube: (wmv)
Feb 3
a parody of "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by Smashing Pumpkins
Not making the money? Can't make your bills? Seamonkey hears ya... now hear this parody!!! (mp3)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"Bullet with Butterfly Wings""You've Got Too Many Piercings"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Sweet Sweet""Shit Shit"Fack Sabbath
"Luna""Tuna"Fack Sabbath
"Blue""Book"Karl Hook Willers
"Starla""Carla"Karl Hook Willers
"To Shiela""To Alexa"Karl Hook Willers
"I am One""I'm a Clown"Anaïs
"Thru The Eyes Of Ruby""Thru The Eyes Of Amy Childs"Fack Sabbath

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
JellybellyJelly BellyLina

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Killer In MeSchizophrenia HotlineBen Ingram
MayonnaiseMiracle Whip FactoryBildo
DisarmNational Rifle AssociationEd
You're All I've Got TonightCheap sex hotlinepizzahunks
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Everything Is Beautiful
   Ray Stevens
   Smashing Pumpkins
Everything Is Beautiful Today
Channel Z
   The B-52's
   Smashing Pumpkins
Channel Zero
I'm sure there is such a thing.
Liza Lott
Like A Rock
   Bob Seger
Cherub Rock
   Smashing Pumpkins
Like A Cherub Rock
Like Heaven!
Frosty The Cat
The Saga Begins
   Weird Al Yankovic
   Smashing Pumpkins
The Saga Begins Today
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Crashing Pumpkins
Crash Test Dummies combined with Smashing Pumpkins
Both were alternative-rock bands popular during the 1990s.
Submitted By: Ed
Clashing Pumpkins
The Clash combined with Smashing Pumpkins
Submitted By: Cassandra
The Rolling Pumpkins
The Rolling Stones combined with The Smashing Pumpkins
Submitted By: Matthew Whitaker
Smasher and the Seething Pumpkins
Seether combined with The Smashing Pumpkins
LOL MATE. Brings mental pictures of rabid orange vegetables!
Submitted By: quickstep

There are additional Smashing Pumpkins Combined Groups that haven't been done yet available.

Misheard Lyrics:

"Ava Adore"
Misheard Lyrics:
in you I see daddy in you I count stars
In you I feel so gritty in you
I taste scars and you are feel so hungry and you are crash cars
Original Lyrics:
In you I see dirty in you I count stars
In you I feel so pretty in you
I taste god in you I feel so hungry in you I crash cars
Misheard Lyrics:
All of me is burned
Original Lyrics:
Ooh, the years burn
Misheard Lyrics:
Check out 1979
Original Lyrics:
Shakedown 1979
Misheard Lyrics:
I used a be a little bored
Original Lyrics:
I used to be a little boy
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

Misheard Lyrics:
The kids you hide
Original Lyrics:
The gifts you hide

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

I always thought this had to do with kids!

There are additional misheard stories available.

Funniest Song Lyrics:

The Funny Lyrics:
Next time, I promise we'll be Perfect.
Perfect strangers on the street.
Why They're Funny:
It's funny because at first you think he's saying the relationship will be better next time, then he goes and acts like he doesn't know the person.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

The Repetitive Lyrics:
the killer in me is the killer in you
Why They're Repetitive:
The singer only says this line about twenty times in this song. I think he needed to say it at least ten more times before someone listening could have really understood how deep and meaningful it is.
Submitted by: Mart Winch
"Because You Are"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
Because you are...
Why They're Repetitive:
Because you are what?
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional repetitive lyrics available.

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

The Nonsensical Lyrics:
I don't look in the mirror
I don't like what I see staring back at me.
Why They're Nonsensical:
If Billy Corgan is indeed not looking in the mirror, then how can he see any reflection staring back at him, LET ALONE have an opinion about it?
Submitted by: Elizabeth
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
What I choose is my choice
Why They're Nonsensical:
Naw, really? You sure it isn't someone else's choice? Thank you captain obvious!
Submitted by: Dudley
There are additional nonsensical lyrics available.

Insincere Song Lyrics:

"Tonight, Tonight"
The Insincere Lyrics:
We'll crucify the insincere, tonight
Why They're Insincere:
This ruins the atmosphere of the song. Billy Corgan is trying to convey a message of hope, and he writes this!? The song is like, really uplifting, inspiring,...and then it's all ruined :(
Submitted by: SPfan

Dirty Song Lyrics:

"Fuck You (An Ode To No One)"
The Dirty Lyrics:
took a virgin Mary axe to his sweet baby Jane
Lost my innocence to a no good girl
Scratch my face with anvil hands
And coil my tongue around a bumblebee mouth
And I give it all back to you
Why They're Dirty:
He lost his virginity by giving cunnilingus to a girl. Flowery poetic words but very nauseating.
Submitted by: Not A Virgin Anymore

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"This Time"
Opening Lines:
This time, I need to know.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
Opening Lines:
Quiet. I am sleeping.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Made Up Words in Songs:

The Made Up Words:
"I'll be your stumbleine / I'll be your super queen". From their 1995 dual album "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
The Made Up Words:
"What moonsongs / Do you sing your babies?" From the 1993 album Siamese Dream.
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Scary Song Lyrics:

"Tonight, Tonight"
The Lyrics:
We'll crucify the insincere tonight!
It's very scary, for a song that sounds so hopeful.
Submitted by: hamburger456

Song Title Space Change:

"Where Boys Fear Tot Read" originally "Where Boys Fear To Tread"
Submitted by: Emily Lime
"Tale Sofa Scorched Earth" originally "Tales Of A Scorched Earth"
Submitted by: Lucille Ball sized hail

Band Name Anagrams:

Minks Map Gunships Submitted by: Julian
Are they playing Battleship?
Hangs In Kim's Pumps Submitted by: Quyjibo
hang as in hang around; pumps as in shoes
I Mash Gimps 'n' Punks Submitted by: Evan
Pink Spam Mushings Submitted by: Josh

Song Title Anagrams:

"Chore Or Sin" originally "Rhinoceros"
Submitted by: Jim Raveling
"Toady" originally "Today"
Submitted by: Alina
"Toy Ad" originally "Today"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Hetero Charms" originally "The Rose March"
Submitted by: Josh
"Mu, Onion Fighter" originally "I of the Mourning"
Submitted by: Josh

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

In 1994, the Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC-TV's "Top Of The Pops" because of the lyrics of this hit of the band.
Submitted by: Peter

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Why Am I So Tired - Live In Studio Demo" Length: 15:13
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Crawl - Gish Sessions Outtake" Length: 6:54
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Starla" Length: 11:01
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Silverf*ck" Length: 8:42
Submitted by: Clever Name
"Soma" Length: 6:38
Submitted by: Clever Name

There are additional Super Long Pop Songs available.

Super Short Pop Songs:

"17" Length: 0:17
Who would have thunk it?
Submitted by: Opie M.
"Sweet Sweet" Length: 1:38
Short short and sweet sweet. From their album "Siamese Dream".
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Where Toys Fear Brew, Ted" originally "Where Boys Fear To Tread"
Submitted by: Lori Tirol
"Bullet With Flutter By Wings" originally "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Submitted by: Blake DeKalb
"Rare Rib Chalk" originally "Cherub Rock"
Submitted by: Rocky Balboa Constrictor
"Bellyjelly" originally "Jellybelly"
Bellyjelly sounds like Kellybelly sounds like...
Submitted by: Mickey D.
"Scales Of A Torched Earth" originally "Tales Of A Scorched Earth"
Submitted by: Lucille Ball sized hail

Lyrics Alliteration:

The Lyrics:
Boredoms in the bathroom shaking out the loose teeth
Sally's in the stirrups claiming her destiny
Jack it up Judy set your heart alight
Mayfair mistress of the satellites
Mommy's in the manger with the little kids
2x B "boredom/bathroom", 2x S "Sally/stirrups", 2x J "Jack/Judy", 2x M "Mayfair mistress", 2x M "Mommy's/Manger"
Submitted by: RevengeFromMars YouTube
There are additional Lyrics Alliteration available.

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Mashing Pump Skins originally "Smashing Pumpkins"
Submitted by: Buffalo Bill Codependent

Hidden Messages:

"Cherub Rock"
Once, just after Billy says "Come line up for the big fight! Tonight!" Listen closely. You'll hear an alien-like noise. If you slow down the song it sounds like "Them!"
Submitted by: Ethanator

What A Band is Best Known For (aside from their music):

"Firing Their Drummer"
In 1996, after the body of traveling keyboardist Jonathan Melvoine was found in an NYC hotel room, Billy Corgan, Darcy Wretsky, and James Iha decided that they would sever their relationship with Jimmy Chaimberland stating that for 9 years they put up with their friend's "insidious use of drugs and alcohol that has nearly destroyed everything they are and stand for."
They went on to say that they would "find a perminant replacement for the rest of the tour.
Submitted by: Celeste

Products Bands Should Endorse Based on Their Name:

He smashes watermelons. Why not pumpkins?
Submitted by: Paul Warren
Pumpkin pie
A new way to make pumpkin pie?
Submitted by: Peter

Bad Ringtone Choices:

"Ava Adore"
The Lyrics:
I'll pull all your crooked teeth
You'll be perfect just like me
You should really think about using this lyric before you go into your dentist's office. If you have kids this just might be the ringtone that would give them nightmares.
Submitted by: Celeste
There are additional Bad Ringtone Choices available.

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