Heavy Metal Machine

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"Heavy Metal Machine"
Heavy Metal Machine.jpg
Cassette cover for promotional release
Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
Released2000
FormatCD (on Machina), cassette (2000 promo)
Studio sessionsNovember 1998-September 1999 – Pumpkinland
Length5:52
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

Heavy Metal Machine is a song from The Smashing Pumpkins' fifth studio album, Machina/The Machines of God, which was also released as a promotional single.[1]

In preparing for the reissue of Machina, Corgan said the master reels for the original recording have been lost (along with several other songs), but there is a workable mix with louder vocals that can be used.[2] The remix from Machina II version will also be included, which had "three basses playing different parts and three James' playing also different parts". After some missing vocals takes were found, Howard Willing is said to have "bridged the gap between ghoul pap-pop and noize rock".[3]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Live from the AOL Session, September 14, 2007

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Machina I (normal version) Spotify logo without text.svg

if i were alive
if i were real
would you survive
what would you feel

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
as sentimental as our broken dreams

let me die for rock and roll
let me die to save your soul
let me die, let me die rock and roll
let the world forgive the past
let all the girls kiss the boys at last
let me go, let me go rock and roll

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
we're the metal, in their metal machines
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

if i were dead
would my records sell
could you even tell
is it just as well

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
it's elemental, to all the rust it brings
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

let me die for rock and roll
let me die and save my soul
let me go, let me go rock and roll
let the world forgive the past
let all the girls kiss the boys at last
let me go, let me die rock and roll

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
we're the metal, in their droning schemes
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

will i survive
is it up to me
could you understand
that it's not yours to keep

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

Machina II (version 1)

if i were alive
if i were real
would you survive
what would you feel, now

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

if i were dead
would my records sell
could you ever tell
or is it just as well

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

could you long to love
could you want to see
coming down below
coming down for me

will you write my songs
will you shake the hands
could you understand
it's not yours to keep

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine

heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal, heavy metal machine
heavy metal

Track listing[edit | edit source]

US promo cassette
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heavy Metal Machine"Billy Corgan5:52

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
2000 Virgin 7087 6 14916 4 4 • 4PRO-14916 Cassette US 2290281 [1]

Availability

TitleNotesType
Machina/The Machines of God (premaster)Promotional
Heavy Metal MachineUS promo cassettePromo
Machina/The Machines of GodMain releaseStudio
The Friends & Enemies of Modern MusicBootleg
Machina II/The Friends & Enemies of Modern MusicEP three (CR-03)Studio
Ghost Children: A Tribute To The Smashing PumpkinsTribute
The Original F.E.M.M TapeBootleg • Compilation
If All Goes WrongThe Fillmore ResidencyVideo
Live Smashing PumpkinsLive

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "..: SPfreaks :." spfreaks.com. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  2. Billy Corgan. #MachinaMixes updates on Instagram. November 25, 2020
  3. Billy Corgan. Instagram #MachinaMixes. November 30, 2020

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