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Pumpkins of the Past – D’arcy Wretzky


Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah (with additional input by Arthur van Pelt)   Pumpkins of the Past continues with D’arcy Wretzky (birthdate: May 1, 1968) D’arcy Elizabeth Wretzky is the original bassist for The Smashing Pumpkins. Known for her trademark platinumblonde hair and rather laconic persona, D’arcy’s tenure with the Pumpkins lasted through 6 albums, before abruptly leaving in the midst of recording for “Machina/The Machines of God” to reportedly pursue an acting career. Pre-Pumpkins Born and raised in Michigan, D’arcy grew up in a brood of 3 girls (the older sister is Kelly, while the younger sister is Molly). Their

Pumpkins of the Past – Ginger Pooley


Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah Let’s move this series forward with Ginger Pooley (birthdate: April 22, 1977) Ginger A. Pooley (formerly known as Ginger Reyes or by her stage name Ginger Sling) is the bassist for California pop punk band Halo Friendlies and more widely-known for her brief stint as the touring bassist who replaced Melissa Auf der Maur in The Smashing Pumpkins. Pre-Pumpkins Ginger was born in Chicago, Illinois and hails from Peruvian ancestry. She has been writing and playing songs since freshman high school and was in a Christian ska band in La Crescenta, California called the Israelites.

Words with Bob Stern – Creator of Vinyl Schminyl Radio


Article by Derek Miller Bob Stern, the creator of the Vinyl Schminyl Radio, sits down with SPfreaks to discuss his history in radio, meeting and speaking with Billy Corgan, and his opinions on vinyl. Diverse Radio Background When I was a kid I used to go to downtown Chicago to WLS and WCFL to watch the DJs.  I love music and realized that’s what I wanted to do.  I never did any radio in high school, but I did in college.  As a matter of fact, the first college I went to I started a small student-run radio station and

Pumpkins of the Past – Matt Walker


Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah We continue the former Smashing Pumpkins band members series with Matt Walker (birthdate: May 21*, birth name Matt Snyder*)  Matt Walker is an American musician, composer and producer, best known for his stints as a drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins, Filter and Morrissey. * The year of birth of Matt Walker, and the reason for changing his last name from Snyder to Walker, is unknown at the moment. As far as we know this information has not been made public until now. Pre-Pumpkins In the mid-1980s, Matt began his career by playing drums for a range of Chicago bands

Pumpkins of the Past – Jimmy Chamberlin


Article by Shaharaine P. Abdullah (D’arcy Wretzky, James Iha, Billy Corgan & Jimmy Chamberlin) In a culture that rewards sentimentalism, most bands with The Smashing Pumpkins’ illustrious history would be content to churn out old hits, but the choice to remain relevant in the music industry without sacrificing artistry is a noble undertaking continually pursued by the Pumpkins with Billy Corgan at the helm. (Melissa Auf der Maur, James Iha, Billy Corgan & Jimmy Chamberlin) While The Smashing Pumpkins’ intermittent line-ups over the years have divided fans and critics alike (which is the better album, the better guitarist/bassist/drummer, etc.), no one

Pirates of the CD Bin


Article by Arthur van Pelt (Part of the) Tanah Lot Temple Complex, Bali (Indonesia) Holiday in Indonesia So here I was last month, on a well deserved holiday with my family of three, visiting our son’s grandparents in Malaysia, and spending a week with my wife in Indonesia. I will not bore you with the tourist spots like temples, palaces, hot springs, volcanoes, a coffee farm, and other interesting places that we visited. Instead, this article will highlight a certain aspect of the music industry in this part of Asia that I was finally able to experience firsthand. Between the

Goodies – Extras With Your Smashing Pumpkins


Article by Debby Rosin Smashing Pumpkins have released music in several different formats: vinyl, cassette, CD, mini-disc, and, more recently, in multiple digital formats. With these releases we have seen some stunning artwork, booklets, box-sets and other creative packaging. On a few occasions there have been additional items to promote a release in a record store or added by the band/artist to make the release more unique and collectable. This article will discuss some of these items. If you have a unique item that was part of an official release and it is not described here, please let the SPfreaks

A Beginner’s Guide to The Smashing Pumpkins


Article written by Mike Nunn About one and a half years ago I got word that Smashing Pumpkins were going to be touring and playing a show in my hometown. A friend of mine seemed overjoyed at this news and was eager for us both to get tickets. The Pumpkins were a band I had heard of, but my knowledge of their music stretched no further than the two songs they had on the game Guitar Hero, that I loved. So as a lover of music and the live experience, I took it upon myself to get a ticket and