The Smashing Pumpkins

Rocket

Composed by Billy Corgan

Song Review by

By the time "Rocket" was singled out from Siamese Dream, the Smashing Pumpkins' domination of the alternative nation was pretty much complete. They had won over huge audiences with "Today" and "Disarm," the latter being the mellow, introspective slow number that always sells records, so "Rocket" wasn't necessary as a single, but still highlighted the better aspects of the band (not to mention a damn good video to boot). Melodic more in the vein of "Today" than, say, "Cherub Rock" or Gish-era work, "Rocket" is standard Pumpkins fuzzed-out heavy blissness, but with its repetitive guitar line pulsing through the entire song, it feels more like a mantra wall of sound. Billy Corgan's already waif-like vocals are pushed to new heights, floating above the song rather than existing in it. It may not have broken new ground on the radio or on MTV, but it did solidify the Smashing Pumpkins' dominance of the scene as a whole.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Siamese Dream 1993 EMI Catalogue / Virgin 4:07
No Image 1994 Not Guilty 4:43
Live from the Archives, Vol. 3 1996
Various Artists
Onxrt 4:46
Cherub Rock: Live at the Cabaret Metro, Chicago, Il - August 14, 1993 BRR
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