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In 2000, the band announced they would break up at the end of the year, and soon after released Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music free over the internet.
The Smashing Pumpkins played their last show on December 2, 2000 at the Cabaret Metro.
The band became known for internal drama during this period, with Corgan frequently characterized in the music press as a "control freak" due to rumors that Corgan played all the guitar and bass parts on Siamese Dream (a rumor that Corgan later confirmed as true).
Despite this, the album was well received by critics, and the songs "Today" and "Disarm" became smash hits.
The band's 1995 follow up effort, the double album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, was even more successful, spawning a string of hit singles.
According to Jon Pareles from the New York Times, Corgan wanted to "lose himself and find himself..." in this album.
During the album's tour, the band was plagued by Chamberlin's heroin addiction.
Their appearance on Saturday Night Live on November 11, 1995 to promote this material (their second appearance on the show overall) also was the television debut appearance of Corgan's shaved head, which he has maintained consistently ever since.
Corgan was born in Elk Grove Village, However, by the time he began attending Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois, he had become only an average athlete.
He decided to start playing guitar when he went over to a friend's house and saw his friend's Flying V.
Not finding the Chicago music scene to his liking, he moved from Chicago to St.
Petersburg, Florida in 1985 with his first major band, The Marked (so named for the conspicuous birthmarks of both Corgan and drummer Ron Roesing). Petersburg, the band dissolved; Corgan moved back to Chicago to live with his father.