Muzzle (song)

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"Muzzle" cover
Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins from the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Released August 1996
Format CD
Recorded March – August 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:44
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Alan Moulder, Billy Corgan, Flood
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Tonight, Tonight"

"Muzzle" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins from their third album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. It was one of the last songs written by Billy Corgan for Mellon Collie, with the song's lyrics referring to what Corgan thought the public's perception was of him at the time.[1] It was rumored to be the Smashing Pumpkins fifth and final single from this album, as is evidenced by the fact that a promotional single for the song was issued to radio stations worldwide. However, the song "Thirty-Three" was released as the fifth and final single instead.

There was a rumor that a music video was actually filmed for "Muzzle" with Chamberlin, but was never released. Billy Corgan has, however, denied this.[2] The band went on to perform "Muzzle" for their next television appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien with replacement drummer, Matt Walker.

Chart performance[edit]

"Muzzle" reached number ten on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks and number eight on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks. It reached number one on the alternative chart in Canada.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

US promo CD single[3]

  1. "Muzzle" - 3:43


Chart Peak
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 57
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Moon, Tom. "Smashing All the "Alt" Expectations", Orange County Register, December 1996 (available online).
  2. ^ Daher, Karl (1998-05-29). "Listessa Interviews Billy Corgan". Listessa. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  3. ^