Stand Inside Your Love

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"Stand Inside Your Love"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Machina/The Machines of God
ReleasedFebruary 21, 2000
GenreAlternative rock, gothic rock
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The Everlasting Gaze"
"Stand Inside Your Love"
"I of the Mourning"

"Stand Inside Your Love" is a song by American alternative rock band the Smashing Pumpkins. It was the second single and the lead international single released from their fifth album, Machina/The Machines of God (2000). The song was written by Billy Corgan.


Billy Corgan claims the song is written about his then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk. He explained, "'Stand Inside Your Love' is one of those rare songs that seems to write itself really quickly... As far as the song goes, it's sort of a love song that rocks, which is pretty rare, even for me. And I even got my girlfriend dancing in the video, so it's all a tribute to my girlfriend, I guess."[1] Corgan would also call it the only "true" love song he's ever written.[2]

"Stand Inside Your Love" was initially conceived to be similar to the new wave style of the band's earlier hit "1979"; however, Corgan opted for what he considered "the classic Pumpkins sound".[2]

The single contains one B-side, "Speed Kills", which appears in a shortened form on the vinyl and import CD versions of Machina, and in a heavier incarnation on the band's following album Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern Music.

The single cover of "Stand Inside Your Love" was designed by Vasily Kafanov and is primarily a depiction of the alchemical androgyne, one of the most significant symbolic representations within alchemy, and, on its most basic level, represents the perfect union between man and woman when joined as a single entity. Atop their head is a single crown, known to the Kabbalists as Kether, the source of all creation, and the first Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Stand Inside Your Love" is a tribute to the play Salomé by Oscar Wilde.[4] Billy Corgan created the video's look together with English director W.I.Z. under the heavy influence of original Salomé illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley.[4] The nipple-rubbing fat man sitting on the throne is played by Ken Davitian, better known for his role as Azamat Bagatov in the movie Borat. Corgan's then-girlfriend Yelena Yemchuk played the main character in the video.

Sharon Osbourne cited her dislike for the music video, along with her conflicts with Corgan, as a motive for her departure from the band's management.[5] The music video won the Most Visionary Video award at the 2000 VH1 Fashion Awards.[citation needed]


While "The Everlasting Gaze" was the lead single in the United States from Machina, with a radio promotional single released, and a high-energy music video filmed with new band member Melissa Auf der Maur, "Stand Inside Your Love" was ultimately released as the lead international single. It remains their last commercially successful single internationally.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Billy Corgan.

1."Stand Inside Your Love"4:16
2."Speed Kills"5:17


Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 30
Italy (FIMI)[8] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 23
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[13] 11
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 2


  1. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Talk "Love," Next Single". MTV Online. April 26, 2000.
  2. ^ a b Corgan, Billy. Interview. "Storytellers: Smashing Pumpkins". August 24, 2000.
  3. ^ " - is for sale (Nach T Kabaret)".
  4. ^ a b Band and Director Commentary. Greatest Hits Video Collection.
  5. ^ "Sharon Osbourne Vents on Corgan". Spin. January 15, 2000.
  6. ^ " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Smashing Pumpkins". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  8. ^ " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". Top Digital Download. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  9. ^ " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  10. ^ " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". VG-lista. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  11. ^ " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Stand Inside Your Love". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  12. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  13. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  14. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2016.

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