By Leah Greenblatt
Updated May 01, 2009 at 05:00 PM EDT
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Today marks the 41st birthday of D’arcy Elizabeth Wretzky: erstwhile Smashing Pumpkins bassist, Michigan native, exalted ’90s alt-chick. (Also, a very happy glad-you-were-born to Tim McGraw, Mary Lou Lord, and Ghostbusters theme-king Ray Parker Jr.; but this post is not about you guys, sorry).

So, D’arcy, have you joined some sort of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Witness Protection Program?? Lord knows Billy Corgan stays busy; Jimmy Chamberlain sounds happy about his side project, and James Iha has moved on with mini-supergroup Tinted Windows. But wherefore la Wretzky?

More than five years ago, Corgan, who once called her “the moral conscious of the band,” posted on his LiveJournal that she was fired back in 1999 “for being a mean-spirited drug addict who refused to get help”; she was replaced by Hole’s Mellisa Auf der Maur, whose stint was short-lived, as the band broke up soon after.

In the interim, however, we’ve heard n’ary a peep from D’arcy, and news-Google searches over the past half-decade reveal naught but the birthday date, a lawsuit she filed against Virgin Records for unlawfully selling Pumpkins ringtones, and this godawful photo from a plastic surgery site.

What other once-revered rockers have fallen clear off the planet, Music Mixers? I know you’ve got a list…

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