Soma (song)

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Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Siamese Dream
Released 27 July 1993
Recorded 1992 - 1993
Genre Psychedelic[1]
Length 6:39
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Billy Corgan, James Iha
Producer(s) Butch Vig, Billy Corgan
Siamese Dream track listing
"Geek U.S.A."

"Soma", originally called "Coma",[2] is a track on the album Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins.


The song-writing credits list James Iha and Billy Corgan as co-authors, but Corgan claims that Iha only wrote the chord structure for the beginning of the song, and that Corgan himself wrote the rest.[3] One of the longest songs to appear on a Smashing Pumpkins album, it is said to have included up to 40 guitar tracks over the course of the song.[4] Corgan says the song "is based on the idea that a love relationship is almost the same as opium: it slowly puts you to sleep, it soothes you, and gives you the illusion of sureness and security."[5] It was also acknowledged that song was inspired by Corgan's break-up with his ex-wife, Chris Fabian.[6][7] The song also contains references to a hallucinogenic drug which was featured in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World[8] and features a prominent piano figure by Mike Mills of R.E.M.[9][10]


The song received positive reviews. Ned Raggett of Allmusic especially praised the song's guitar solo, while spotting elements from gothic rock and psychedelic rock.[9] The song was also likened to Prince's "The Beautiful Ones".[9][11] The critically acclaimed guitar solo was rated as the 24th in Rolling Stone's "The 25 Coolest Guitar Solos" list.[12] The guitar solo was placed as 41st in NME's "50 Greatest Guitar Solos" list.[13]



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  2. ^ Hunter, James. "The Pumpkins Won't Be Smashed", Musician Magazine. July 1994.
  3. ^ If All Goes Wrong. Dir. Jack Guliek. Perf. Smashing Pumpkins. DVD. Coming Home Media, 2008.
  4. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993)". March 25, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ van den Berg, Erik. "Smashing Pumpkins." Oor. 10 June 1993
  6. ^ Hanson (2004), p.88
  7. ^ Dimery, Robert and Michael Lydon (2010), p.706
  8. ^ Lett, Jr. (2008), p.131
  9. ^ a b c Raggett, Ned. "Smashing Pumpkins - Soma". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ Reisfeld (1996), p.140
  11. ^ Raggett, Ned (November 28, 2011). "The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream [Deluxe Edition]". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ "The 25 Coolest Guitar Solos". 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2006-08-12. 
  13. ^ Coombs-Roberts, Kris. "50 Greatest Guitar Solos - 41 - Smashing Pumpkins - 'Soma'". NME. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 


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