D’arcy Says Smashing Pumpkins Bandmate Died Twice: ‘Drinking, Drugging, Womanizing’


Original Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky took shots at her former bandmate Jimmy Chamberlin in recent comments on Alternative Nation articles when talking to readers. She also discussed her disappointment with Billy Corgan for ‘throwing away everything forever’ in regards to an original lineup reunion.

Kevin commented:

Yeah, but Jimmy ODs on coke, gets their keyboardist killed and ‘all is well’.

Kinda a double standard. But then, Corgan doesn’t seem concerned about making sense.

D’arcy responded:

Billy even told me himself (on the phone- TALKING) that when they’ve toured together (he and Jimmy) since I left he was always the same old Jimmy: meaning drinking drugging womanizing

Billy didn’t care.

I don’t use drugs anymore.

Gabriel Bianchi commented:

Also, my comment was not meant to imply he treated her like shit because she was a woman, but that people in the comments section is treating her with a double standard because she is a woman. They call her crazy and a drug addict while never mentioning Jimmy, who literally almost died of an overdose with Jonathan Melvoin.

D’arcy responded:

oh Jimmy DID die on that tour. TWICE!!! and had to be revived.

jonathan too. They just couldn’t revive him the last time.

Tilman Müller commented:

Then there should have been more dates in between for rehab.

D’arcy responded:

jimmy went to rehab at LEAST 4 times

Atrosion Band commented:

More hate. Harmful to people that are SP fans.

D’arcy responded:

You might think that i don’t care but i really actually do.

I don’t know if you understand. It’s hard to when the reason Billy is so pissed off at me is only because i told the truth my way when i needed to do it.

so you can’t exactly expect the truth from him since he is in such a rage that i’ve spoken some of it.

So yes. He won’t give ‘his side’ of the story until it’s just too late. i expect that someday he is REALLY going to regret this horribly, he always does and he comes clean, but there’s nothing i or anyone else can do or say to make him see it right now. In fact people trying to convince him right now will only strengthen his anger and resolve to see this thru his way.

It sucks being right nearly all the time.

It’s very hard to understand why he is throwing everything away forever m.

John Scott commented:

I think my reply disappeared, so I’ll post it again. D’arcy, I apologize for my comment last month regarding your shoulder. I was ignorant of the facts and frustrated about the situation between you and Billy. I believe you, and I feel just terrible for questioning you on this. I truly think you are the heart and soul of the band – and have always spoke the truth – so I shouldn’t have questioned your integrity. Please accept my apology.

D’arcy responded:


Billy does himself no favors by telling the public repeatedly that i was the moral compass of the band and i walk my talk- and now i do something that pisses him off and he starts calling me a liar?

it doesn’t add up.

That’s why he’s mostly kept his mouth shut lately.

He may be crazy, but he’s definitely not stupid.

Evan Jones II commented:

D’Arcy, may I ask, what musical legacy would you, as a member of the Smashing Pumpkins, would like to be held in the public light?

D’arcy responded:

That’s a VERY DEEP question and not one i would take lightly.

I i had to answer right now i’d say that i honestly haven’t decided.

I don’t know if i’ll play for anyone but me again or not.

And i never really identified myself seriously with fame.

I don’t need it and very freqtdon’t want it.

I’m a musician.

Not a performer.

I’ll think about it tho.