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James Iha


Throughout their existence, the primary focal point from the Smashing Pumpkins was undoubtedly singer/guitarist Billy Corgan — because of the fact that he was the group’s primary songwriter, in addition to his penchant for colorful quotes in interviews. But needless to say, there were additional members from the band, and behind Corgan, the main one who contributed probably the most within the songwriting division was guitarist/co-founding member Wayne Iha. Born Wayne Yoshinobu Iha in Chicago, Illinois, on March 26, 1968, he discovered himself playing in a number of obscure local rings during the past due ’80s (including such brands because the Feds and Snake Teach), before conference Corgan by way of a shared friend in 1988. Playing its initial few shows minus the help of drummer (a drum machine held the tempo), the duo ultimately shaped the Smashing Pumpkins, with D’Arcy Wretzky and Jimmy Chamberlin filling up the bass and drum slot machine games, respectively. Melding jointly psychedelia, alt-rock, and rock, the group got a sound and appearance (thrift-store clothes) which was very different from its competition at that time. The band ultimately signed on using the indie label Caroline and released its debut full-length, Gish, in 1991, including the Corgan/Iha co-penned spotlight “I Am One.” Touring alongside the Crimson Warm Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, the Pumpkins had been poised for any breakthrough making use of their following recording, but inner-band turmoil nearly split the music group up. Even though Corgan supposedly performed almost all the devices on 1993’s Siamese Desire, the recording catapulted the group to the very best from the charts, as soon as more, Iha experienced co-penned a number of the album’s greatest tracks alongside Corgan — “Soma,” “Mayonaise,” and “Spaceboy” — furthermore to performing lead on the Western B-side, “Blew Aside” (the very first track totally penned by Iha to seem on the Pumpkins launch). Up following for Iha and his bandmates was a bombastic dual recording, 1995’s Mellon Collie as well as the Infinite Sadness, which produced the band one of the primary rock acts on earth, and included another tune sung and penned completely by Iha, “Consider Me Down.” Iha and bandmate D’Arcy created their very own record label the next year, Scratchie Information, which over time released recordings by famous brands the Frogs, Fountains of Wayne, as well as the Sounds, amongst others. In 1998, Iha discovered enough time to concern his debut single record, Let It DROP. Somewhat of the departure through the alt-rock from the Smashing Pumpkins, the record revealed Iha to be always a enthusiast of ’60s-inspired melodic folk-rock and ’70s gentle rock. Though it didn’t make an enormous impact commercially, using its special romanticism and sun-drenched melodies ALLOW IT Come Down created a cult pursuing over time and set up the aesthetic path for a lot of the task Iha would involve himself in beyond the Pumpkins. After launching 1998’s Adore and 2000’s MACHINA/The Devices of God, the Pumpkins known as it per day with Corgan and the initial members heading their separate methods. (Corgan ultimately re-formed the Pumpkins with Chamberlin and a fresh lineup in 2005.) Subsequently, Iha held a minimal profile, but made an appearance on albums by Brookville, Fountains of Wayne, the Noises, Whiskeytown, and in 2003, toured as an associate for Maynard Adam Keenan’s AN IDEAL Circle (nevertheless, he didn’t play on the record they were helping, Thirteenth Stage). In ’09 2009, Iha, alongside Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, and Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos, documented and toured because the supergroup Tinted Home windows. The band’s debut recording presented a melodic power pop audio that match well with Iha’s long-avowed like of ’60s and ’70s acoustic guitar pop. Finally, in 2012, Iha came back to his personal use his second single recording, Turn to the Sky. Although Iha’s performing and songwriting had been the album’s center point, Turn to the Sky do include a handful visitor music artists, including Schlesinger, Tv guitarist Tom Verlaine, as well as the Cardigans’ Nina Persson, amongst others.

Quick Facts

Full Name James Iha
Height 1.75 m
Profession Singer, Guitarist, Music Producer, Songwriter, Film Score Composer
Education Elk Grove High School, Loyola University Chicago
Nationality American, Japanese
Siblings Tom Iha
Music Groups The Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle, Tinted Windows, Whiskeytown, Vanessa and the O's, Starchildren
Music Songs 1979, Bullet With Butterfly Wings, X.Y.U., Tonight, Tonight, Today, Disarm, Ava Adore, Cherub Rock, The Outsider, Thirty-Three, Passive, The Noose, Stand Inside Your Love, Zero, Perfect, Weak and Powerless, The Everlasting Gaze, Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums, Mayonaise, Rhinoceros, I Am One, The Beginning is the End is the Beginning, By and Down, Pet, Siva, The Package, Blue, Try, Try, Try, Rocket, The Nurse Who Loved Me, Drown, Imagine
Albums Siamese Dream, Gish, Let It Come Down, Look to the Sky, Earphoria, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Thirteenth Step, Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music, Machina/The Machines of God, Strangers Almanac, Adore, Faithless Street, Emotive, Pisces Iscariot, The Aeroplane Flies High, A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo, aMOTION, Three Sixty
Movies Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, A Piece of Our Life, Linda Linda Linda, The Tesseract, Vieuphoria

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1 Joined the band A Perfect Circle as guitarist. [July 2003]
2 Current lead guitarist of A Perfect Circle
3 Appears on every Smashing Pumpkins album the band recorded during their first stint together (which lasted up to 2000.).
4 Is not in the reunited, Zeitgeist Smashing Pumpkins lineup.
5 Was engaged to bandmate, bassist D'arcy Wretzky, from 1988 to 1991. They split in the middle of the "Gish" tour.
6 Has a dad, mom, elder brother, younger brother but no sisters.
7 2nd generation Japanese-American.
8 Owns a Japan-only men's clothesline under the flagship Beams named 'Vapor'.
9 Designed shirts and runway modeled for designer Anna Sui.
10 Co-founded a New York based indie record label called Scratchie Records.
11 Member of rock group Smashing Pumpkins



The Arrangement 2017 TV Series composer - 7 episodes filming
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? 2016 TV Movie
A History of Radness 2015 TV Movie
Deadbeat 2014 TV Series composer - 10 episodes
Commencement 2013/I Short
Kakera 2009/I
Linda Linda Linda 2005
Luck 2003
The Tesseract 2003



Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? 2016 TV Movie performer: "Opening Theme", "The Photo Lab", "Leah And Pearl" - uncredited / writer: "Opening Theme", "The Photo Lab", "Leah And Pearl" - uncredited
White Powder 2006 Short writer: "Believe"
Salto al vacío 1995/I writer: "Mayonaise"



Carry Me Short completed Daren



A Perfect Circle Live: Featuring Stone and Echo 2013 Video Himself
The Smashing Pumpkins Live at the Metro, 1993 2011 Documentary Himself
A Perfect Circle: Amotion 2004 Video Himself
The Smashing Pumpkins: 1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection 2001 Video Himself
@MTV with the Smashing Pumpkins 2000 TV Special Himself - Performer
Free Tibet 1998 Documentary Himself (Smashing Pumpkins)
We're Outta Here! 1997 Video documentary Himself
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself (as the Smashing Pumpkins)
MTV Video Music Awards 1996 1996 TV Special Himself
Rage 1996 TV Series Himself
The Simpsons 1996 TV Series Himself
Smashing Pumpkins: Vieuphoria 1994 Video documentary Himself
24 Hours in Rock and Roll 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself

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