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The Smashing Pumpkins- alt rock legends

Mrs. Swain
Ninth-grade student Aviyanna Faison pulls up The Smashing Pumpkins on her Spotfiy app.

In the hot, humid air of Tampa in August, The Smashing Pumpkins came onstage and played a few songs from their latest album, “Atum: A Rock Opera in Three Acts.” The Smashing Pumpkins are an alternative rock band that rose to fame in the 1990s and is still together today, despite a brief hiatus.

“I got into them more when I was in Italy, but they didn’t tour there when I was there,” freshman Nicholas Laurenco said. “I’d love to go to one of their concerts.”

The Smashing Pumpkins are not as popular with teenagers today as they are with adults who grew up with them, like Angeline band teacher, Mr. Luckett. He first heard The Smashing Pumpkins “back when MTV still played music videos,” Luckett explained.

He was talking about the 1990s when The Smashing Pumpkins rose to fame. After 2010, MTV stopped playing music videos, requiring fans to learn about them through other means.

Nicholas Laurenco found out about them from his older cousin, Scarlet.

“She had like a playlist and one day she played it, and I was like, ‘Oh can you send it to me,'” Laurenco said.

After that, a Smashing Pumpkins fan was made.

The cover of The Smashing Pumpkin’s third album, “Gish”. (Virgin Records)

Whether it’s their moody vibe, or Jimmy Chamberlain’s or Mike Byrne’s drumming skills, each fan has a different thing they like most about the band.

“I love the guitar tones,” Luckett said.

He is talking about Billy Corgan, the band’s frontman, lead guitarist, and founder. The band was formed in 1988, and internal fighting and drug use within the band led to their breakup in 2000. But they reunited in 2006, with new band members coming and going.

The Smashing Pumpkins endured, and are still together and releasing albums. Their most recent one was released on May 5. On Spotify, they have 10.8 million monthly listeners. They made music that is popular with people of all ages and are considered one of the most influential bands in the alt-rock community.

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Lyn Selego, Writer
Lyn Selego is a ninth-grade student at Angeline Academy. He enjoys playing paintball in his free time with friends. He hopes to be an officer in the Army in the future.
Mrs. Swain, Adviser
Mrs. Swain has been teaching for fourteen years and this is her 8th year as a journalism adviser. This year she is advising The Arrow yearbook staff and The Bowman's Beacon newspaper staff. She hopes to see the journalism program, Arrow Media, continue to grow at Angeline Academy of Innovation.
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