That's the Way (My Love Is)

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"That's the Way (My Love Is)"
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedSeptember 3, 2007
FormatCD Single, vinyl
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Terry Date
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"That's the Way (My Love Is)"

"That's the Way (My Love Is)" is a song written by Billy Corgan and performed by The Smashing Pumpkins on their album Zeitgeist.

"That's the Way (My Love Is)" is the second, and final, commercial single from the album, and was released to radio in August 2007, with a retail single in September. The song was played live on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 9, 2007 (broadcast July 13).[1]

Billy Corgan commented that the song initially sounded like an outtake from 1995's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,[2] but it was slowed down and given a different drum beat in the course of recording the song. While discussing the song, Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin played a tease of an early version during the band's performance on XM Artist Confidential.[3]

Some of the formats contain a solo guitar and vocal live performance of "Daydream" by Corgan recorded on June 5, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.[4]

When played live on the U.S. leg of the Zeitgeist tour, Lisa Harriton played a keytar at the front of the stage next to Jeff Schroeder.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Upon release, the single received mixed reviews, but reception grew over time. John Murphy of website OMH Music gave it a positive review, commenting that "while Zeitgeist was admittedly rather disappointing, it did have a fair few killer songs, of which this is one of the best."[5] In 2015, Spin ranked it at #18 out of all 315 Smashing Pumpkins songs released at the time.[6]

Music video[edit | edit source]

It is set in a dull, gray, futuristic world. Most of the video is set up on a loose plot of Corgan trying to follow a woman (played by actress Ve Sidra Magni). The video then cuts to the band performing on a platform, still in the futuristic world, while images of the band (and a brief apparition of Paris Hilton) float around on screens.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.

UK CD single
1."That's the Way (My Love Is)"3:48
3."Daydream" (Live)2:54
7" vinyl and US CD single
1."That's the Way (My Love Is)"3:48
2."Daydream" (Live)2:54

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
September 3, 2007 Reprise • Martha's Music 312636-2 CD US Discogs MusicBrainz [2]
September 10, 2007 Reprise • Martha's Music W781CD CD UK Discogs MusicBrainz [1]
September 10, 2007 Reprise • Martha's Music 7-312572 • 312572-7 7" maroon US Discogs [2]
September 10, 2007 Reprise • Martha's Music W781 7" purple UK Discogs [2]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[7] 23
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 32
US Active Rock Songs (Billboard)[9] 29
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 94


ZeitgeistOriginal issue (Red cover)Studio
American GothicUK Tour Edition bonus tracksEP
Celebrating *20* Years of SadnessLive
Bonus EPLive • EP
That's the Way (My Love Is)

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. " — Smashing Pumpkins Discography". June 30, 2007.
  2. Chamberlin, Jimmy and Billy Corgan. (Interview subjects) "Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist Track by Track Archived 2007-12-22 at the w:Wayback Machine" (video).
  3. Chamberlin, Jimmy and Billy Corgan. (Interview subjects) XM Artist Confidential. July 10, 2007.
  4. " : discography : That's the Way (My Love Is)". Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  6. "Every Smashing Pumpkins Song, Ranked". October 30, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  7. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  8. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  9. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Active Rock Songs)". Billboard.
  10. "The Smashing Pumpkins: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.

External links[edit | edit source]