Being Beige

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"Being Beige"
Being Beige Single Cover.jpg
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedOctober 20, 2014
Recorded2014
GenrePop rock[1]
Length3:39
LabelBMG/Martha's Music
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder, Howard Willing
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Panopticon"
(2012)
"Being Beige"
(2014)
"One and All (We Are)"
(2014)

"Being Beige" is the first single from The Smashing Pumpkins' tenth album Monuments to an Elegy. The track was released through SoundCloud on October 20, 2014.[2][3][4]

Background and recording

The song was first mentioned on the Smashing Pumpkins' website under the working title "World's On Fire," and later under the title "Being Beige (World's On Fire)."[5][6]

Speaking of the song with Rolling Stone, band leader Billy Corgan said "People always ask me to explain songs, and honestly I can't. But if there's honesty in this lyric, it's that there's something amiss in our cosmos. Yet still, we must love."[7]

Music video

As early as November, Billy Corgan alluded to a new Smashing Pumpkins music video, posting several pictures from a shoot on the Smashing Pumpkins' Instagram account.[8] On January 16, the Smashing Pumpkins announced via Twitter that the music video was made for "Being Beige" and that it would premiere on January 19.[9] Notably, it was the first video from the band since the music video for 2011's "Owata" that did not feature any band members whatsoever.[10]

Directed by Brian and Brad Palmer the video magnifies the surreal, dreamlike space of lost love experienced through the moment of an embrace, as twin bodies merge into one. It explores transcendence of oneself - into a new, limitless body of existence.

Lyrics

I don't love you
For what it's worth
So if you're leaving, can you hurt
Cherry blossom, this is goodbye
Come here lately and you'll fly
When they say what it's worth
The world tells you first
Then you know where to hurt
The world's on fire, so
The world's on fire, so
The world's on fire, so
Have you heard?

Lover let me please
Fall on down your knees
Lover let me please be the one
Know the prayers to make
For lovers made to fade
And when you swore to wait and only burst
The world's on fire, so
The world's on fire, so
The world's on fire, so
Have you heard?

Yes, I loved you
As a matter of fact
Your furs are wrapped up
And that's that

Lover let me please
Fall on down your knees
You once made me smile when you'd stray
The world's on fire, so
The world's on fire, so
The world's on fire, so
Have you heard?
The world's on fire
The world's on fire
The world's on fire
Have you heard?

Lover have you breached
To make for your release?
So I'll no longer err by your side
What's to hide?

The world's on fire
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Monday
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Tuesday
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Wednesday
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Thursday
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Friday
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Saturday
The world's on fire
Until I'm ready on Sunday

Reception

The song has received fairly positive feedback. Rolling Stone said that though the song "has a simple title... its acoustic guitar and drum machine intro builds toward an urgent, memorable chorus."[11][12][13]

Chicago Reader said "Corgan seems remarkably placid on this new cut. It sounds like Monuments... won't be a retread of the Pumpkins' "rat in a cage" days. Corgan's putting his rage behind him in favor of a slow, piano-accented build toward the heights of songs like "Perfect" or the more energetic selections from his early-aughts stint with Zwan."[14]

The 405 said "the track features some pretty acoustic guitar arpeggios over mist-like drum machine sounds in its quieter moments, livening up to a crashing wave kineticism with sweeps of distorted guitar and aching melodies, as the vocals paint a stumbling melody over these sounds, layering towards the end in a maintained crescendo."[15]

Track listing

Promotional CD and download
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Being Beige"Billy Corgan3:39

Release history

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
October 20, 2014 Martha's Music • BMG PROMOBMG1085 CD US 6211643 70d368e7-04c9-4df0-a3ad-9633d1bf3fdd [1]
2014 Martha's Music • BMG PROMOBMG 1085 CD UK 6543170 [1]
October 21, 2014 BMG Digital US 8155957 60d8b188-d64b-4ded-be67-ed2898043d57 [1]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Personnel

The Smashing Pumpkins
Additional musicians

Availability

TitleNotesType
Being BeigePromotional CD and downloadSingle
Monuments to an ElegyStudio

References

  1. Doherty, Charlie (November 25, 2014). "Music Review: The Smashing Pumpkins – 'Monuments to an Elegy'". Blogcritics. Retrieved July 26, 2015.
  2. "Smashing Pumpkins Release Being Beige From 'Monuments To An Elegy' - Stereoboard". stereoboard.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. ""Being Beige" - The Smashing Pumpkins [SoundCloud Audio Stream + Lyrics] | Zumic". zumic.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. "Smashing Pumpkins announce 'Monuments to an Elegy' album, stream 'Being Beige'". DIY. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. "The Official Smashing Pumpkins". smashingpumpkinsnexus.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  6. "The Official Smashing Pumpkins". smashingpumpkinsnexus.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  7. "Hear Smashing Pumpkins' Rousing New 'Being Beige' | Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  8. http://instagram.com/p/vWlEQ0H65Z/?modal=true
  9. Pumpkins, The Smashing (January 16, 2015). "Get ready for the Worldwide premiere of the Being Beige video this coming Monday on @Vevopic.twitter.com/IqxJiqhlLL". Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  10. "Smashing Pumpkins - Owata (music video version)". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  11. "Hear Smashing Pumpkins' Rousing New 'Being Beige' | Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  12. "Smashing Pumpkins share new single “Being Beige” — listen | Consequence of Sound". consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  13. "Smashing Pumpkins Release 'Being Beige,' First Track Off 'Monuments To An Elegy'". huffingtonpost.com. October 20, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  14. "Smashing Pumpkins crank the neutrals on new song 'Being Beige' | Bleader | Chicago Reader". chicagoreader.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  15. "Smashing Pumpkins share new song 'Being Beige (World's On Fire)'". thefourohfive.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.

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