Eye (song)

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Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Lost Highway Soundtrack
Released 1997
Format Cassette
Recorded 1997
Genre Synthpop · darkwave
Length 4:51
Label Nothing/Interscope
Songwriter(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The End Is the Beginning Is the End"
"The End Is the Beginning Is the End"

"Eye" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released in 1997 on the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Lost Highway. Along with the song "The End Is the Beginning Is the End" from Batman & Robin and "Christmastime" from A Very Special Christmas 3, "Eye" represented a period of work on compilations done by the Pumpkins in between the release of the two albums Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Adore. It also appeared on their greatest hits collection Rotten Apples.

This is their first song after the firing of their drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

Song history[edit]

In the aftermath of the quadruple-platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, Billy Corgan's music publisher suggested he collaborate with basketball superstar and rapper Shaquille O'Neal, who had begun work on You Can't Stop the Reign.[1][2] Corgan began work on a programmed backing track loosely inspired by Dr. Dre, but the collaboration fell through.[2] Meanwhile, film director David Lynch and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor were assembling the soundtrack to Lynch's new film Lost Highway. Lynch, who later would call Corgan a "magical musician",[3] rejected Corgan's submission, "Tear", which would eventually be included on Adore.[2] Corgan quickly finished off "Eye" and Lynch loved it, using it in a nightclub scene in the film.[2]

An acoustic version of the song was performed in 1997 at the Bridge School Benefit concert. The performance featured Twiggy Ramirez and Marilyn Manson.[4]

So far, "Eye" has been performed live by the band on their 1997, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2016 tours, opting for a guitar-driven sound with live drums (by Matt Walker, Jimmy Chamberlin, and Mike Byrne, respectively) in lieu of a drum machine.[5]


The song became a hit, reaching number eight on the US Modern Rock Tracks in 1997.[6] Corgan later said the surprise success of "Eye" as a single inspired the band to continue with the new electronica-tinged direction as they began work on Adore.[7]


Chart (1997) Peak
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[8] 49
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 8


  1. ^ Thomas, Richard. "Signal to Noise: The Sonic Diary of the Smashing Pumpkins. EQ Magazine. October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Justin Coloma (director), Amy Kettenburg (producer/interviewer) (2009-11-04). DLF.TV Visits Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins (FLV). David Lynch Foundation. 
  3. ^ Turner, Gustavo. ""Billy Corgan is a Magical Musician" Declares David Lynch Archived 2009-11-08 at the Wayback Machine.". LA Weekly Blogs. 2009-11-04.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR81pz3TbZE
  5. ^ spfc.org - Tour History - Eye.
  6. ^ Billboard Chart History - Smashing Pumpkins
  7. ^ Corgan, Billy. "Coming Down the Mountain Archived 2009-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.". The Confessions of Billy Corgan.
  8. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Radio Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2016.