Freak (The Smashing Pumpkins song)

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Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope
Released 2010
Format Digital/Physical
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:51
Label Martha's Music / Rocket Science
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology

"Freak" (also titled as "Freak U.S.A.") is the first single from The Smashing Pumpkins's eighth album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, and the first song released for the second accompanying EP The Solstice Bare. Like all other songs on the album, "Freak" was released as a free download on their official website.[1] The song was first played live on July 24, 2009, at the first Spirits in the Sky show in memoriam of Sky Saxon.[2] It was performed live by the Pumpkins throughout their 2010 tours.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Spin praised the song, noting that "the catchy chorus of bright guitars and cheerful na na na na nas recall his short-lived pop-rock side-project Zwan; the heavy, distorted bass lines revisit the goth-rock moments of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness; and his lyrics are all early-Pumpkins."[4] PopMatters's reviewed that "Freak" "largely explores and builds on The Smashing Pumpkins’ earlier, mid-1990s sound while also very subtly hinting at the newly pointed and cultish, lysergic musical atmosphere."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Freak" was The Smashing Pumpkins' first song since "G.L.O.W." in 2008 to chart on Billboard, peaking in its original run at No. 27 on the alternative chart and No. 34 on the rock chart.[6]


Chart (2010) Peak
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[7] 34
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 27


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  2. ^ "tour history - dates : 2009/07/24". Retrieved 2011-09-09. 
  3. ^ : tour info - "Freak".
  4. ^ "LISTEN: Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song!". 2010-07-06. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  5. ^ Carl, William. "The Smashing Pumpkins Release New Song "Freak" From Teargarden by Kaleidyscope < PopMatters". Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History — The Smashing Pumpkins". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  7. ^ Smashing Pumpkins Album & Song Chart History - Rock Songs. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
  8. ^ Smashing Pumpkins Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Songs. Retrieved 2010-12-08.