The Celestials (song)

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"The Celestials"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Oceania
Released June 19, 2012
Format Digital download, 7"
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:58
Label EMI/Caroline
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The Celestials"

"The Celestials" is the first single from The Smashing Pumpkins' ninth album Oceania. It was originally released as a promotional single to radio airplay on June 21, 2012. The band performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on August 23, 2012.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

In an interview with MusicRadar, Corgan stated, "I have all of these vintage keyboards that we just crank out when I need something, so I don't really know what's on here. It's some super, highly obscure '70s keyboard." He added, "The arrangement is kind of like classic MTV, circa 1994. You start with the acoustic and then the band kicks in grunge."[2]


The track has received positive reviews. Loudwire praised the track's sound, stating "Acoustic guitar and orchestral swells dominate the beginning, along with Corgan’s tortured vocals (which actually have a better, more polished sound than on other recent works). Once the full band kicks in, you realize that this is the standout track on the album. 'The Celestials' employs all the elements that make a classic Pumpkins song, and is likely the best released under the name in over a decade. Corgan caps off the tune by matching the line "Everything I want is free" with a beautifully reserved lead guitar riff."[3] RedEye favorably compared it to one of the band's biggest songs, "Disarm", from their album Siamese Dream, calling it a "...nod to the Pumpkins' past. Its acoustic guitar and orchestration make it, if not a sibling, then a distant cousin to the classic "Disarm".[4] Similarly, CraveOnline compared it to the most acoustic aspects of their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album and said that "...The song is catchy but with a injection of prog-rock that keeps it from collapsing on itself."[5]


Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 62
US Rock Songs (Billboard)[7] 45
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 29


  1. ^ Smashing Pumpkins To Perform On Jay Leno This Week
  2. ^ Joe Bosso (13 June 2012). "Interview: Billy Corgan talks The Smashing Pumpkins' Oceania track-by-track". MusicRadar. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Tree Riddle (2012-04-03). "The Smashing Pumpkins, 'Oceania' – Album Review". Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  4. ^ Moore, Brian (2012-06-15). "Album review: Smashing Pumpkins, 'Oceania'". RedEye. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  5. ^ Robinson, Iann (2012-06-20). "Review: Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  6. ^ "ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". 21 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chart Highlights: The Killers Strike on Alternative Songs". Billboard. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
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