Drown (The Smashing Pumpkins song)

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Drown single.JPG
Single by Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released June 30, 1992
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock, dream pop
Length 8:17 on Singles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
4:30 on Rotten Apples
Label Epic
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Billy Corgan, Butch Vig
Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"I Am One" (re-release)

"Drown" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins from the soundtrack to the 1992 Cameron Crowe film, Singles. The song is a heavy mixture of psychedelia and dream pop.


The song debuted during the Gish tour and was 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 to Virgin Records. The take was scrapped as the output sounded more like a Kravitz recording.[citation needed] The song became a moderate radio hit in mid-1992 and gave the band significant exposure just before work commenced on Siamese Dream.[citation needed]

"Drown" was to be released as a commercial single, but, as Billy Corgan explained,

Nonetheless, the song was given a promotional single, and became their highest-charting single at the time, peaking at number 24 on the U.S. Alternative Songs chart.[citation needed]

The song has also been released publicly as an early demo through SPRC, which is 8:58 in length.

Greatest hits release[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Gish (2011 reissue)[edit]

The complete version of "Drown" was included with an alternate guitar solo on the bonus CD in the 2011 Reissue of Gish.

Live performances[edit]

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".[citation needed]


Chart (1993) Peak
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[2] 24


  1. ^ Corgan, Billy. Interview. Impact Magazine. September 1994.
  2. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Smashing Pumpkins. Retrieved November 23, 2016.

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