Sammi and Mr. Thom (Cat)
In February 2004, Billy Corgan adopted two sleek black cats named Sammi and Mr. Thom from PAWS Chicago. He immediately fell in love with the litter of four cats and brought two home. The other two went home with the sound engineer, Bjorn Thorsrud, who named them Isis and Darko.
Billy Corgan is an influential American musician, widely recognized as the frontman and primary songwriter for the alternative rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins. A creative force in the music industry for over three decades, his profound lyrics and distinctive voice have resonated deeply with fans and critics alike, fostering a legacy characterized by experimentation and artistic evolution.
Corgan’s journey to fame began in earnest with The Smashing Pumpkins’ debut album, “Gish,” released in 1991. However, it was their follow-up, the double album “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” that marked a watershed moment in Corgan’s career. Released in 1995, it achieved diamond certification in the United States, producing iconic hits like “1979” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” After the band’s initial breakup in 2000, Corgan continued to make his mark in music through his work as a solo artist and as part of the supergroup Zwan. His solo album, “TheFutureEmbrace,” provided fans with a different taste of his talent, highlighting his ability to push creative boundaries.
Corgan’s career is replete with notable collaborations that have enhanced his artistic profile. Early in his career, he worked with Butch Vig, who produced several Smashing Pumpkins albums, including the groundbreaking “Siamese Dream.” In the mid-2000s, Corgan formed Zwan with members of Slint, Chavez, and A Perfect Circle. Beyond his band affiliations, he has shared stages and studio time with an array of artists, including Robert Smith of The Cure, Marilyn Manson, and Courtney Love of Hole. Furthermore, his collaboration with New Order for the song “Turn My Way” on their album “Get Ready” displayed his versatility as a musician. Additionally, Corgan’s production work for bands such as The Frogs and Sky Saxon.
Over the years, Corgan’s creative endeavors have earned him recognition within the music industry. The Smashing Pumpkins received multiple Grammy nominations, winning Best Hard Rock Performance in 1997 for the song “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” Moreover, “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” was nominated for Album of the Year, a testament to Corgan’s prowess as a songwriter and performer. In addition, his music has topped the Billboard charts numerous times, cementing his place in the annals of rock history.
Billy Corgan’s passion extends beyond music, notably to the welfare of animals. He has been a vocal advocate for PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter, even featuring his own rescue cats on the cover of the Smashing Pumpkins’ album “Monuments to an Elegy.” Corgan’s engagement with PAWS has included numerous fundraising efforts, demonstrating a deep commitment to the organization’s mission.