The Everlasting Gaze

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"The Everlasting Gaze"
SmashingPumpkins-teg.jpg
Cover of the promo CD
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Machina/The Machines of God
Released December 9, 1999
Format CD
Recorded November 1998 – October 1999
Length 4:01
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer(s)
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Crestfallen"
(1998)
"The Everlasting Gaze"
(1999)
"Stand Inside Your Love"
(2000)
Alternative cover
VHS single cover

"The Everlasting Gaze" is a song written by Billy Corgan and recorded by The Smashing Pumpkins. It is the opening track from the band's 2000 album Machina/The Machines of God. The song was released as the lead North American single on December 9, 1999. It was also originally going to be released internationally in January 2000 but despite the heavy rotation of the Jonas Åkerlund-directed music video, it was rejected in favor of "Stand Inside Your Love".

Song information[edit]

The unique guitar sound in the song was achieved by using a small Crate practice amp.[1] Corgan has said that this song "has a lot to do with spirituality and trying to find my place in the universe and sort of humbly accepting limitations and the things I've been graced with. It's more of a humanistic world view. I'm not writing anymore for the tortured teen—both me and whoever was listening. I'm writing with the idea that everybody's experiencing these things all the time, and even if they're not experiencing them personally, they're affected by them. You can live in the street and write about the garbage, or you can try to get up a little higher and look down and try to see the bigger picture."[2]

During the recording of Machina/The Machines of God, an early version of this song with very different lyrics had the working title of "Disco King". The final version of the song retains Chamberlin's consistent use of offbeat hi-hat beats, a disco technique. The final chorus was cut from the final version, though an a cappella section was added.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and is a performance-based music video, the first to feature Melissa Auf der Maur, playing bass with the band after the departure of D'arcy Wretzky. Originally, the band had considered Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris to direct the video.

Legacy[edit]

"The Everlasting Gaze" is one of three Smashing Pumpkins songs available as a downloadable track in the video game Guitar Hero: World Tour.

Track listing[edit]

"The Everlasting Gaze" was released with "Stand Inside Your Love" in the US as a promotional CD.

No. Title Length
1. "Stand Inside Your Love"  
2. "Stand Inside Your Love (Call Out Hook)"  
3. "The Everlasting Gaze"  

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[3] 11
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[4] 14
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Richard. "Signal to Noise: The Sonic Diary of the Smashing Pumpkins". EQ Magazine. October 2008.
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. "Corgan speaks truth: He's grown up". Chicago Sun-Times: 2000–04–11.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9709." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Smashing Pumpkins. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Smashing Pumpkins. Retrieved November 24, 2016.

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