Stand Inside Your Love

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"Stand Inside Your Love"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Machina/The Machines of God
Released February 21, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:12
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Flood and Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The Everlasting Gaze"
(1999)
"Stand Inside Your Love"
(2000)
"I of the Mourning"
(2000)
Machina/The Machines of God track listing
"Raindrops + Sunshowers"
(2)
"Stand Inside Your Love"
(3)
"I of the Mourning"
(4)

"Stand Inside Your Love" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the second single and the lead international single released from their fifth album, Machina/The Machines of God (2000). The song was written by Billy Corgan. The single contains one B-side, "Speed Kills", which appears in a shortened form on the vinyl and import CD versions of Machina, and in a heavier incarnation on the band's following album Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music. It remains their last successful single internationally.

The song was covered by Say Anything on their recent[when?] tour with Manchester Orchestra.[1]

Background[edit]

While "The Everlasting Gaze" was the lead single in the United States from Machina, with a radio promotional single released, and a high-energy music video filmed with new band member Melissa Auf der Maur, "Stand Inside Your Love" was ultimately released as the lead international single. "Stand Inside Your Love" was initially conceived to be similar to the new wave style of the band's earlier hit "1979"; however, Corgan opted for what he considered "the classic Pumpkins sound".[2]

The single cover of "Stand Inside Your Love" was designed by Vasily Kafanov and is primarily a depiction of the alchemical androgyne, one of the most significant symbolic representations within alchemy, and, on its most basic level, represents the perfect union between man and woman when joined as a single entity. Atop their head is a single crown, known to the Kabbalists as Kether, the source of all creation, and the first Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Stand Inside Your Love" is a tribute to the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde.[4] Billy Corgan created the video's look together with English director W.I.Z. under the heavy influence of original Salomé illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.[4] Corgan's then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk played the main character in the video. Billy Corgan explained, "Well, 'Stand Inside Your Love' is one of those rare songs that seems to write itself really quickly... As far as the song goes, it's sort of a love song that rocks, which is pretty rare, even for me. And I even got my girlfriend dancing in the video, so it's all a tribute to my girlfriend, I guess."[5] Corgan would also call it the only "true" love song he's ever written.[2]

Sharon Osbourne cited her dislike for the music video, along with her conflicts with Corgan, as a motive for her departure from the band's management.[6]

The nipple rubbing fat man sitting on the throne is played by Ken Davitian, better known for his role as Azamat Bagatov in the movie Borat.

The music video for "Stand Inside your Love" won Most Visionary Video award at the 2000 Vh1 Fashion Awards.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Billy Corgan. 

No. Title Length
1. "Stand Inside Your Love"   4:16
2. "Speed Kills"   5:17

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
U. S. Billboard Hot 100 59[7]
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 2[8]
U.S. Rock Songs 11[9]
UK Singles Chart 23[10]
ARIA Charts 31[11]
Italian Singles Chart 4[12]
Swedish Singles Chart 43[13]
New Zealand Singles Chart 17[14]

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