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Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedNovember 4, 2008
FormatDigital single
Studio sessionsMay-July 2008 – Ardent Studios
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Bjorn Thorsrud
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"That's the Way (My Love Is)"
Alternative Version Cover
Promotional CD Single Cover
Promotional CD Single Cover

"G.L.O.W." is a single by The Smashing Pumpkins that premiered on Chicago alternative rock station Q101 on September 29, 2008.[1] This song was the last recorded Smashing Pumpkins song to feature drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, who left the band in March 2009, and before he rejoined in 2018.

Background[edit | edit source]

In July 2008 it was announced on the band's official website that the recording of this song was complete. Bjorn Thorsrud was confirmed as a co-producer of the track, stating: "'G.L.O.W.' has me glowing all over".[2] Later that month the band's website reported that the track had entered the mixing stage, with mixing by Chris Lord-Alge, and that it was still slated for a September release.[3] The article also featured a photo of Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin among others at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee where "G.L.O.W." was recorded.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Billy Corgan stated that, with American Gothic and "G.L.O.W.", the band "finally turned the corner... where it’s starting to feel like our music again, and not theirs, whoever 'they' might be," referring to the band's choice to continue making music without a record label.[4]

"G.L.O.W." was released as a "digital 45" on the iTunes Store on November 4, 2008 and was released as a downloadable track for Guitar Hero World Tour on December 4, 2008, along with "1979" and "The Everlasting Gaze". It was the first digital 45 to be released by iTunes.[5] The band worked on a music video with Justin Coloma for the song.[6] The video premiered on MySpace on December 2, 2008.[7]

The cover art was created by artist Kateri Forbes.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

Promotional CD
Digital 45
Guitar Hero Download Package
3."The Everlasting Gaze"4:01

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
October 2008 Martha's Music CD US 3266510 8e3538d3-6203-4554-931a-449357682f5d [1]
November 4, 2008 Martha's Music Digital US 3264505 5d2d9c72-f9e5-4e06-9ea9-da718e7ae0bf [2]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Music video[edit | edit source]

Chart positions[edit | edit source]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[8] 8
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[9] 11
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[10] 25
Canada (Hot 100)[11] 80


G.L.O.W.Promotional CDSingle
Live Smashing PumpkinsLive
Bonus EPLive • EP

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Studio version of G.L.O.W. to premiere today on Q101[permanent dead link]". SmashingPumpkins.com May 28, 2008.
  2. "New song, G.L.O.W., recording finished 2008 Archived August 21, 2008, at the w:Wayback Machine". SmashingPumpkins.com July 23, 2008.
  3. "Chris Lord-Alge helps Billy Corgan to mix “G.L.O.W.”". HipstersUnited.com July 30, 2008.
  4. "Billy Corgan discusses Pumpkins song in 'Watchmen' trailer"
  5. "Smashing Pumpkins". Smashing Pumpkins. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  6. "Music Video News: September 28, 2008 – October 4, 2008". Video Static. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  7. "Smashing Pumpkins". Smashing Pumpkins. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  8. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  10. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  11. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.

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