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Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedNovember 29, 2000
Studio sessionsNovember 2000 – Chicago Recording Company
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Try, Try, Try"

"Untitled" is the final single from The Smashing Pumpkins before the band's breakup in 2000. It is a semi-acoustic pop rock song that combines elements of Gish and Siamese Dream. The chain for Billy Corgan's solo, what he considered among his favorites, features a DOD FX84 Milk Box compressor and a Shin-Ei Companion Fuzz Wah.

Background[edit | edit source]

On November 29, 2000, just prior to the Pumpkins' penultimate show at the United Center in Chicago, Corgan debuted the song by presenting it to Q101 DJ James VanOsdol, saying that it was a "sort of special see-ya-later song".[1]

Q101 gave away a single copy of the single that was given to them by Corgan. The single featured the artwork of Rotten Apples, their greatest hits album.

An official single was issued by Virgin Records in Europe with outtakes from the Machina/The Machines of God sessions as B-sides. There is only one known official mix of the song released on promotional acetate in the US, known as the 'Pop Mix'.[2]

Corgan stated that "Untitled" intentionally sounds more like the earlier Pumpkins of Gish and Siamese Dream, and that they could always produce music that sounded like their older albums, but chose instead to try to push their music in new directions.[1]

Corgan has said that The Smashing Pumpkins were asked to provide "Untitled" as the soundtrack to the final scene to the film Shrek, but the offer was ultimately withdrawn and given to Smash Mouth for their cover of The Monkees "I'm a Believer". This sparked a feud with Smash Mouth, but Corgan insisted no hard feelings, adding "Facts are facts. And the fact that we were pushed aside for what became a big hit for them is hardly a diss on the other side."[3]

Music videos[edit | edit source]

Two music videos for the song were released. The first was an edited collage of footage of the band from 1988 to 2000, and was only released through television and online content providers in the late summer of 2001. A second one was released as a secret feature (easter egg) on the band's Greatest Hits Video Collection. The video simply features footage of the band recording the song at the Chicago Recording Company, the band's preferred studio. Stills from this footage were used on the cover of the European single. The video was directed by Bart Lipton.

Official music video

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

should i know all we're missing
what's to stop what they're missing
to feel love, to be in love
all around

anyone can hold a promise
not everyone can feel honored
to be in love, to feel love
all around

turn me on, hear me speak
let me be what i need
you're enough for me

many times while you sleep
i'm dreaming of what to keep
to know your wish, hold it true
to slay the things that trouble you

turn me on, out of reach
listen here, feel me
just believe, just believe
you'll see

to feel love, to be in love
all around

hold the truth if you want it
if you don't, i won't flaunt it
to feel love, to be in love
all around

when you're young you can promise
anything that you wanted
to be in love, to feel love all around

turn me on, let me speak
from my heart, i receive
plain happiness, just happiness
you and me

to feel love, to be in love, all around
to be in love, to feel love, all around
to feel love, to be in love, all around
to be in love, to feel love, around

i know your wish, i hold it true
(feel love around)
to hide the things that trouble you
(feel love around)
turn me on out of reach
(feel love around)
let me speak all my peace
(feel love around)
just believe what you keep
(feel love around)
you'll never need to hurry me
(feel love around)

to be in love, to feel love, all around
to feel love, to be in love, all around
to be in love, to feel love, all around
to feel love, to be in love, all around
to be in love, to feel love, all around

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Neither D'arcy Wretzky nor her replacement Melissa Auf der Maur were present at the recording, leaving only three of the four core members active in the band at the beginning and end, so bass duties were handled by Billy Corgan as can be seen in the aforementioned "Studio" video.

Charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (2001) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 46

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.

Q101 copy
Virgin single
2."Try, Try, Try" (Alternate Version; listed as "Try")4:20
3."Age of Innocence" (Early Version)4:14

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country External sites
November 29, 2000 Self-released CD US [1]
November 5, 2001 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 5 46084 2 1 • HUTCD148 CD UK & Europe Discogs MusicBrainz [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz


UntitledQ101 copySingle
Rotten ApplesNorth American versionCompilation
Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991–2000)Video
The Original F.E.M.M TapeBootleg
If All Goes WrongThe Fillmore ResidencyVideo

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Corgan, Billy. Interview with James VanOsdol. Aired live on WKQX. November 29, 2000.
  2. : SPfreaks :
  3. Reilly, Nick. ""Facts are facts": Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan and Smash Mouth are still fighting over the 'Shrek' soundtrack". NME. Retrieved September 1, 2021.
  4. "Irish-charts.com – Discography The Smashing Pumpkins". Irish Singles Chart.

External links[edit | edit source]