Doomsday Clock

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"Doomsday Clock"
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins
Recorded2007
GenreStoner rock[1]
Length3:42
LabelReprise Records
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin

"Doomsday Clock" is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins, and is the opening track on their album Zeitgeist. Although not released as a single, the song charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Pop 100, due to digital sales.

It was released on iTunes for immediate download along with the pre-order for the album on June 19, 2007.

It is also included on the soundtrack for the 2007 Transformers movie. The song appears twice in the film: once as an instrumental-only version during a climactic action sequence, and the second time as a song over the closing credits. It's also heard in the second trailer for the 2008 Marvel Studios movie The Incredible Hulk.

The song's original arrangement was described by Jimmy Chamberlin as "folk/calypso" and was eventually slowed down and made much heavier for the recorded version.[2]

In early 2008, "Doomsday Clock" was licensed to the professional wrestling outfit Ring of Honor for use as the theme song of the taped pay-per-view, ROH Undeniable.[3][4] It is also now used in Monster Jam as the theme song for a truck called Wrecking Crew.

Chart positions[edit | edit source]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 81
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 97
UK Singles Downloads (OCC)[6] 185

See also[edit | edit source]

Availability

TitleNotesType
Transformers: The AlbumCompilation
ZeitgeistOriginal issue (Red cover)Studio

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mitchum, Rob (July 9, 2007). "The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 20, 2012. Songs like "Doomsday Clock" and "Tarantula" wave the flag of stoner rock like Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult without embarrassment, and could likely pass for Queens of the Stone Age if it wasn't for that characteristic Corgan whine.
  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. "ROH & Smashing Pumpkins Reach Partnership". ROHwrestling.com. 2007-01-16. Archived from the original on 2008-01-20. Retrieved 2008-01-18.
  4. "SMASHING PUMPKINS' 'Doomsday Clock' To Be Featured On 'Undeniable' PPV Archived January 21, 2008, at the w:Wayback Machine". BlabberMouth.net. 2008-01-18.
  5. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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