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Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedMay 4, 2011
FormatDigital download
Studio sessions
GenreAlternative rock
LabelMartha's Music, Rocket Science
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

"Owata" is the second single from the aborted final volume of The Smashing Pumpkins' project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, and tenth song released from the project overall.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The song has a fairly long history prior to its official release. The song was performed, for the first time, at the Bridge School Benefit on October 26, 2008, when Jimmy Chamberlin was still in the band. Subsequently, it was performed throughout 2010's Rock 'n' Roll Party tour with drummer Mike Byrne and bassist Nicole Fiorentino, prior to its official release on Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[2] These early live versions are considerably different musically than the final studio version, with the studio version featuring a different drum arrangement, and a noticeably larger amount of synthesizers. The bass line is the first that Nicole Fiorentino wrote for a Smashing Pumpkins song.[3]

Music video[edit | edit source]

A 12-minute short film featuring an in-depth look at two female underground wrestlers was released in July, 2011.[4] The video was directed by Robby Starbuck[5] and stars Shelly Martinez, Raven and Alissa Flash, which was subsequently edited and released in a traditional music video format.[6] It was the first-ever video to be filmed with Red Digital Cinema Camera Company technology.[7]

Short film
Music video version

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Ride off the silverscreen
Into a moonbeam
To the alien side
Catch heck with Jesus
The stars beneath us
Oh what a beautiful night

Cool in your pocket
You can’t unlock this night
Cool in your pocket
You can’t unlock it
You can’t help but decide it’s alright

Oh what a beautiful sight you are to me
Oh what a beautiful night

Cool in your pocket
Rocks for your rocket ride
Cool in your pocket
Pleasure or prophet
You can’t stop this night outisde

Oh what a beautiful night

Side up the revelry
Roll out the cavalry
Into the waters we dive
Shimmers of the cosmos
Ripple the uptmost
Of the quivering tide

Locks for your locket
You can’t unlock his fist
Rocks for your rocket
You can’t unlock his shocks
For your socket eyes that shine

Oh what a beautiful sight you are to me
Oh what a beautiful night

Night, night
What a beautiful night

Oh California
Look what you’ve done
Look what you’ve done to me
Oh Chicago
I’m coming home
I’m coming home to you

Track listing[edit | edit source]

US promo CD
1."Owata"Billy Corgan3:39

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
2011 Rocket Science CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
May 4, 2011 Self-released Digital Worldwide [1]


Celebrating *20* Years of SadnessLive
OwataUS promo CDPromo

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Smashing Pumpkins Release Music Video for "Owata"". Guitar World. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  2. "The Smashing Pumpkins - Owata (Live at Terminal 5 NYC ~ 07-26-2010)". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  3. See comment by @xocoleyf at https://www.instagram.com/p/CdJuucwOJw_/
  4. "Smashing Pumpkins post female wrestling short film online - video | News". Nme.Com. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  5. "Video: Smashing Pumpkins – "Owata" « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  6. "Smashing Pumpkins - Owata (music video version)". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  7. "Press Release for Smashing Pumpkins 'Owata' Music Video featuring Cheerleader Melissa & Shelly Martinez". Diva Dirt. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-11-22.

External links[edit | edit source]