Drown (The Smashing Pumpkins song)

Drown (The Smashing Pumpkins song)
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Singles
Released June 30, 1992
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock, psychedelic rock
Length 8:17 on Singles
4:30 on Rotten Apples
Label Epic
Writer(s) Billy Corgan
Producer Billy Corgan
Butch Vig
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"I Am One" (re-release)

"Drown" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins from the soundtrack to the 1992 Cameron Crowe film, Singles. Debuted during the Gish tour and written not long after that record was released, the song, a heavy mixture of psychedelia and dream pop, became a moderate radio hit in mid-1992 and gave the band significant exposure just before work commenced on Siamese Dream. "Drown" was to be released as a commercial single, but, as Billy Corgan explained,

We wanted it to be a single, we were pushing for it. I was even willing to make it a video. Radio stations were playing it. And when it came time for the third single, they said, 'Screaming Trees.' And I was like, 'Screaming Trees??' But what label is Alice in Chains on and what label are the Screaming Trees on? Epic, which is the label that put out the soundtrack. And that's what killed the song.[1]

Nonetheless, the song was given a promotional single, and became their highest-charting single at the time, peaking at number 24 on the U.S. Alternative Songs chart.[citation needed]

The very first take of the song was recorded at Waterfront Studios, which belongs to Lenny Kravitz, who was also signed on Virgin Records. The take was scrapped as the output sounded more like a Kravitz recording.[citation needed]

The song was also released on the band's official greatest hits compilation Rotten Apples in 2001, though the length of the song was reduced from 8:17 to 4:30, cutting off the extended feedback and E-Bow solo at the end. "Drown" was considered for Pisces Iscariot, but Corgan decided against it.[citation needed]

The Smashing Pumpkins often include "Drown" in medleys with songs such as "The Aeroplane Flies High (Turns Left, Looks Right)", "To Sheila", "Hummer", and "Shame".[citation needed] The song has also been released publicly as an early demo through SPRC, which is 8:58 in length.


  1. ^ Corgan, Billy. Interview. Impact Magazine[disambiguation needed ]. September 1994.

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