Drown (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
|Single by Smashing Pumpkins|
|from the album Singles|
|Released||June 30, 1992|
|Length||8:17 on Singles
4:30 on Rotten Apples
|Producer(s)||Billy Corgan, Butch Vig|
|Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology|
The song debuted during the Gish tour and written not long after that record was released. The first take of the song was recorded at Waterfront Studios, which belongs to Lenny Kravitz, who was also signed on Virgin Records. The take was scrapped as the output sounded more like a Kravitz recording. The song became a moderate radio hit in mid-1992 and gave the band significant exposure just before work commenced on Siamese Dream.
"Drown" was to be released as a commercial single, but, as Billy Corgan explained,
|“||We wanted it to be a single, we were pushing for it. I was even willing to make it a video. Radio stations were playing it. And when it came time for the third single, they said, 'Screaming Trees.' And I was like, 'Screaming Trees??' But what label is Alice in Chains on and what label are the Screaming Trees on? Epic, which is the label that put out the soundtrack. And that's what killed the song.||”|
The song has also been released publicly as an early demo through SPRC, which is 8:58 in length.
Greatest hits release
The song was also released on the band's official greatest hits compilation Rotten Apples in 2001, though the length of the song was reduced from 8:17 to 4:30, cutting off the extended feedback and E-Bow solo at the end. "Drown" was considered for Pisces Iscariot, but Corgan decided against it.
Gish (2011 reissue)
The complete version of "Drown" was included on the bonus CD in the 2011 Reissue of Gish.
The Smashing Pumpkins often include "Drown" in medleys with songs such as "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)", "To Sheila", "Hummer", and "Shame".
- Corgan, Billy. Interview. Impact Magazine. September 1994.
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