The Smashing Pumpkins

Tonight, Tonight

Composed by Billy Corgan

Song Review by

With a deep pump like a slow heart, ”Tonight, Tonight”, from the Smashing Pumpkins’ 1995 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, packs an emotional punch without the brat beating crash bang of either their own earlier efforts, those of so many of their peers. Understated, restrained but nearly bursting through the strings that bar the door to overkill, Corgan’s voice falls behind the music, held back by the insistence of Jimmy Chamberlain’s drums and James Iha’s nimble guitar, as his lyrics weave a story of urgency and longing more akin to Robert Herrick’s epic poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time" than to the gruff fuzz crunch that fans expected. Sweet, and sweetly tempered, ”Tonight, Tonight” proved to be right on track in the U.S, scoring the band a Top Thirty Pop hit. It surpassed that triumph across the Atlantic with an even better received #7 single.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 1995 Virgin 4:14
Tonight, Tonight [US] 1996 Virgin 4:16
The Aeroplane Flies High 1996 Universal Music 4:16
No Image 2000
Greatest Hits 2001 Virgin 4:15
Oceania: Live in NYC [Video] 2013 Universal
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