The Smashing Pumpkins


Composed by Billy Corgan

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Tinged with just enough of glam's sense of dramatic gloominess, consider the descending chords of the riff, however rejigged from the simpler three-downward-note formula familiar to Marc Bolan -- with "Today," the Smashing Pumpkins broke into the big time with an at-once storming but catchy smash single. The fact that Billy Corgan's words were based on a day when he was feeling near-suicidal, the irony of the almost softly sighed lyrics throughout becomes patently obvious: "Today is the greatest day I've ever known/Can't wait for tomorrow." It's a sly joke but also not an apparent one, and most were content to take it on face value. No surprise given how rich and enveloping the music was -- Corgan, as with everything on Siamese Dream, recording all parts but Jimmy Chamberlin's drums himself, started with a soft opening chime before pouring on the majestic feedback blasts. "Today" alternates between calmer, almost Cure-like sections and the louder crunches, his soon-to-be-trademark guitar style taking My Bloody Valentine's own hypnotic riffing to more accessible results.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Siamese Dream 1993 Virgin 3:19
Today 1993 Hut USA / Import 3:22
Indie Top 20, Vol. 18 1993
Various Artists
Dutch East 3:21
Rock Am Ring 1994
Various Artists
No Image 1994 Kiss the Stone
No Image 1994
No Image 1994 Not Guilty 3:24
Greatest Hits 2001 Virgin 3:22
No Image 2005 Virgin 3:34
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
25 Years Of Chrysalis Music
Various Artists
Sony CMG