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The Smashing Pumpkins Owata.JPG
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedMay 4, 2011
FormatDigital download
Studio sessions
GenreAlternative rock
LabelMartha's Music, Rocket Science
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan

"Owata" is the second single from the aborted final volume of The Smashing Pumpkins' project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, and tenth song released from the project overall.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The song has a fairly long history prior to its official release. The song was performed, for the first time, on The Chris Isaak Hour on April 4, 2009, when Jimmy Chamberlin was still in the band.[2] Subsequently, it was performed throughout 2009 with Billy Corgan's Sky Saxon-inspired supergroup, Spirits in the Sky, which featured future Smashing Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne. As well, the song was performed with the Smashing Pumpkins throughout 2010, prior to its official release on Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.[3] These early live versions are considerably different musically than the final studio version, with the studio version featuring a different drum arrangement, and a noticeably larger amount of synthesizers.[4]

Music video[edit | edit source]

A 12-minute short film featuring an in-depth look at two female underground wrestlers was released in July, 2011.[5] The video was directed by Robby Starbuck[6] and stars Shelly Martinez, Raven and Alissa Flash, which was subsequently edited and released in a traditional music video format.[7] It was the first-ever video to be filmed with Red Digital Cinema Camera Company technology.[8]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Ride off the silverscreen
Into a moonbeam
To the alien side
Catch heck with Jesus
The stars beneath us
Oh what a beautiful night

Cool in your pocket
You can’t unlock this night
Cool in your pocket
You can’t unlock it
You can’t help but decide it’s alright

Oh what a beautiful sight you are to me
Oh what a beautiful night

Cool in your pocket
Rocks for your rocket ride
Cool in your pocket
Pleasure or prophet
You can’t stop this night outisde

Oh what a beautiful night

Side up the revelry
Roll out the cavalry
Into the waters we dive
Shimmers of the cosmos
Ripple the uptmost
Of the quivering tide

Locks for your locket
You can’t unlock his fist
Rocks for your rocket
You can’t unlock his shocks
For your socket eyes that shine

Oh what a beautiful sight you are to me
Oh what a beautiful night

Night, night
What a beautiful night

Oh California
Look what you’ve done
Look what you’ve done to me
Oh Chicago
I’m coming home
I’m coming home to you

Track listing[edit | edit source]

US promo CD
1."Owata"Billy Corgan3:39

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
2011 Rocket Science CD US 5493131 15a3c993-d2ab-488b-919b-2dec8994d0e2 [1]
May 4, 2011 Self-released Digital Worldwide [1]


Live Smashing PumpkinsLive
OwataUS promo CDSingle

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Smashing Pumpkins Release Music Video for "Owata"". Guitar World. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  2. "Smashing Pumpkins - Owata [Chris Isaak Hour, 2009-04-02]". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  3. "The Smashing Pumpkins - Owata (Live at Terminal 5 NYC ~ 07-26-2010)". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  4. "Smashing Pumpkins - Owata + Lyrics". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  5. "Smashing Pumpkins post female wrestling short film online - video | News". Nme.Com. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  6. "Video: Smashing Pumpkins – "Owata" « Consequence of Sound". Consequenceofsound.net. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  7. "Smashing Pumpkins - Owata (music video version)". Retrieved November 2, 2019 – via www.youtube.com.
  8. "Press Release for Smashing Pumpkins 'Owata' Music Video featuring Cheerleader Melissa & Shelly Martinez". Diva Dirt. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2011-11-22.

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