The Smashing Pumpkins were the main members of the Hullabalooza Rock Festival. They are impressed with Homer Simpson because of his ability to take blows to the stomach so easily and make him the main attraction. When Homer dodges one cannonball at the risk of dying, he parts with the Smashing Pumpkins, as they promise never to forget him. They tell him they envy him since he has a family and all they have is "our music, our legion of fans, our million of dollars and our youth." Before realising that's all amazing and start planning to buy luxury items.
Behind the Laughter
The Smashing Pumpkins are an American Alternative Rock band with the following current band members: Billy Corgan as the lead guitarist and lead vocals, Jack Bates as the bassist, Jeff Schroeder as the rhythm guitarist and Jimmy Chamberlin as the drummer. When the episode Homerpalooza aired in 1996, the line-up (which is considered the "classic" one by fans, as it was the one at the peak of the band's success) consisted of James Iha (who would later form the alternative metal band A Perfect Circle) as the rhythm guitarist and D'arcy Wretzky as the bassist. The song they played in the episode is called "Zero" from their 1995 double-album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
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