From: Chicago, Illinois
Active: 1990-2000 with the lineups I'm familiar with
I first heard them: in the early '90s, but I honestly don't know which song I heard first. Either "Rhinoceros", "Drown", or "Cherub Rock", I think.
Sound: Ambitious, often pretentious, sometimes unlistenable — Billy Corgan's voice is an acquired taste that I never entirely acquired — but when those forty layers of guitar overdubs worked, or even when he just hit upon a particularly cool riff, the Pumpkins really had something.
Further listening: Oh, yes. I dislike too many Pumpkins songs to give them the top icon, but I like too many to keep this list from becoming stupidly long.