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What's Billy thinking, part two: And then there was one

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Jimmy Chamberlin has quit the Smashing Pumpkins, but that is not deterring band leader Billy Corgan from forging on ahead under the corporate name.

Here's the press release:

The SMASHING PUMPKINS' guitarist, singer, songwriter and founding member Billy Corgan has announced that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. Chamberlin joined the band Corgan founded in Chicago in 1988 and played on all their albums except Adore (1998). Corgan will continue to write and record as SMASHING PUMPKINS with plans to head into the studio this spring.

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People often complained that without Iha and D'Arcy, it just wasn't the Smashing Pumpkins anymore. I always thought that was just whining for the sake of whining. Billy wrote nearly every part of nearly every song, and while capable musicians, they were replaceable. This is not the case for Jimmy Chamberlin. He's a unique talent, one of the best drummers in rock history.

Jimmy was ousted from the group once before. What results was the band's worst output. DeRo, is it curious that this news comes out on a Friday evening? I realize this ain't politics, where they pull this kind of tactic all the time, but it seems kind of odd to me.

Once again, I want to reiterate that Billy revived the Smashing Pumpkins as a brand name, not a band. Does this not now cement that theory?

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