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|Single by The Smashing Pumpkins|
|From the album Siamese Dream|
|Single Released||30 September 1993|
|Single Format||vinyl record (7" & 12") cassette and CD|
|Record label||Virgin Records|
|Producer||Butch Vig & Billy Corgan|
|The Smashing Pumpkins single chronology|
"Today" is a popular song by The Smashing Pumpkins (then known as simply Smashing Pumpkins). It originally appeared on their 1993 album Siamese Dream, from which it was the second single. The song also appeared on the band's greatest hits album Rotten Apples. It was the band's breakthrough hit, giving them their initial mainstream success. It was once performed on Saturday Night Live and was written by Billy Corgan.
The song is ironically upbeat, containing sarcastic lyrics claiming that "Today is the greatest day I've ever known." In truth, the lyrics are actually gloomy in attitude; songwriter Billy Corgan wrote the song about a day in which he was having suicidal thoughts (exemplified by the self-mutilatory reference in the lines "pink ribbon scars/that never forget/I tried so hard/to cleanse these regrets"). Still, this darker side of the song is partially hidden in the soft instrumental part that is played in the verses, which made many listeners unaware of the song's tale of depression and desperation. The louder, harder choruses are more revealing of the true nature of the song.
All songs written by Billy Corgan.
- "Today" - 3:22
- "Hello Kitty Kat" - 4:32
- "Obscured" - 5:20
- The Japanese version of the single also includes "Apathy's Last Kiss" and "French Movie Theme".
1993 Today Modern Rock Tracks No. 4 1994 Today Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 28 1994 Today Modern Rock Tracks No. 6
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