That's the Way (My Love Is)

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"That's the Way (My Love Is)"
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Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Zeitgeist
Released September 10, 2007
Format CD Single, vinyl
Recorded 2007
Genre Dream pop[1]
Length 3:44
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s) Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Terry Date
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"That's the Way (My Love Is)"
"That's The Way (My Love Is)"
Zeitgeist track listing
"Bleeding the Orchid"
"That's the Way (My Love Is)"

"That's the Way (My Love Is)" is a song written by Billy Corgan and performed by The Smashing Pumpkins on their album Zeitgeist.

"That's the Way (My Love Is)" is the second, and final, commercial single from the album, and was released to radio in August 2007, with a retail single in September. The song was played live on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 13, 2007.[2]

Billy Corgan commented that the song initially sounded like an outtake from 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,[3] but it was slowed down and given a different drum beat in the course of recording the song.[4]

Some of the formats contain a solo guitar and vocal live performance of "Daydream" by Corgan recorded on 5 June 2007 in Berlin, Germany.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, the single received mixed reviews. Drowned in Sound notes that while it is "a far better single than lead effort 'Tarantula'", "That's the Way (My Love Is)" is respectable enough until it's compared to the Pumpkins’ back catalogue--and then it comes off sounding like album-filler."[6] James Thomson of website AllGigs said the single "is a long way from the bands' best efforts."[7] Jo Vallance of website Roomthirteen called it "a rather weak echo of the Pumpkins' former splendour" and that the single "seems to have no drive or motivation."[8]

John Murphy of website OMH Music gave it a positive review, commenting that "while Zeitgeist was admittedly rather disappointing, it did have a fair few killer songs, of which this is one of the best."[9]

Reception in recent years has greatly improved with Spin ranking 18 out of all 315 Smashing Pumpkins songs released.[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released August 29, 2007 on the band's MySpace and was directed by P.R. Brown,[11] who directed the videos for "Tarantula" and Corgan's "Walking Shade."

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Billy Corgan.

UK CD single

  1. "That's the Way (My Love Is)" – 3:48
  2. "Stellar" – 6:27
  3. "Daydream" (Live)" – 2:54

7" vinyl and US CD single

  1. "That's the Way (My Love Is)" – 3:48
  2. "Daydream" (Live)" – 2:54

Chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart Peak Position
2007 "That's the Way (My Love Is)" Modern Rock Tracks 23
2007 "That's the Way (My Love Is)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 32
2007 "That's the Way (My Love Is)" UK Singles Chart 94[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video is directed by P.R. Brown,[13] who also directed the videos for "Tarantula" and Corgan's "Walking Shade". It is set in a dull, gray, futuristic world. Most of the video is set up on a loose plot of Corgan trying to follow a woman (played by actress Ve Sidra Magni). The video then cuts to the band performing on a platform, still in the futuristic world, while images of the band (and a brief apparition of Paris Hilton) float around on screens.