main main songs + releases music the band news + press tours online

[what's new]

<-Prev : Machina related questions and answers Next-> : First appearance

Back to the the FAQ index

3.1 Origin of name

Most answers to this question are only semi-serious, as they've heard it way 
too often.  The March '93 fan club newsletter gave the following story: 

"Gene Simmons came to us in a dream and said: 'Joe Strummer is a pumpkin,
drunken and smashed.'" 

On Vieuphoria, they simply said "It's a joke."  However, the most serious 
answer comes from an interview with D'Arcy by the Washington Post(11/19/93): 

"The name of the band is a stupid name, a dumb bad joke and a bad idea, OK?" 
she says. "Billy named the band before there even was a band. He was like, 'I'm 
gonna have a band and it's gonna be called this.' 'Smashing' is not a verb, 
it's an adjective. It's not like we like to smash pumpkins or anything.  And we 
are not amused by pumpkin jokes anymore." 

So, there you have it.  "Smashing" is an adjective, not a verb (think British 
here if you're still having trouble).  :-)

Main | Songs & Releases | Music | The Band | News & Press | Tours | Online

copyright © 1999-2023
Section corrections/submissions:
General site info/bugs: /
Get updates on twitter / connect via facebook. Like the site? Order something from Amazon. is in no way associated with or authorized by the smashing pumpkins, zwan, billy corgan, or any of their agents.