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US/UK CD1 cover
Single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedSeptember 7, 1998
FormatCassette, CD
Studio sessionsNovember 1997-March 1998 – Sunset Sound
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan, Flood, Brad Wood
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"Ava Adore"
Alternative cover
UK CD single 2
UK CD single 2

"Perfect" is was the second single from The Smashing Pumpkins' fourth album, Adore (1998). It was the final commercial single from the album, although "Crestfallen" and "To Sheila" were subsequently released as promotional singles. The song received remixes from Nellee Hooper and Paul Oakenfold.

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Upon release, the song received positive reviews. Rolling Stone notes that the song "picks up on the synth-pop echoes of the 1996 Pumpkins hit 1979."[1] Feldman of website called the single "an irresistible slice of candy-coated pop"[2] while website praised it for its "glimmering shine."[3]

Music video[edit | edit source]

To expand on the similarities between "Perfect" and "1979", the band released a music video which continued the story of the characters in "1979". They were able to find and use four out of the five original actors from the "1979" video, including Giuseppe Andrews. The fifth was in jail.[4] The same crew of directors was hired, which consisted of husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It was the fifth and final collaboration between the two and The Smashing Pumpkins.

The conclusion of the video, in which a tape falls off a car and is crushed, is probably a reference to the fate of the first tapes of the "1979" music video, which had to be re-taped because they were left on the roof of a car and destroyed when the car drove off.[5]

The video also contains footage of the band performing at The Masque in L.A. for selected fans.[6] The set played at the taping included heavier songs the band was not performing during regular concerts at the time, such as "Where Boys Fear to Tread", "Bodies", and "Pug".

The video debuted on MTV's 120 Minutes on September 16, 1998.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

i know
we're just like old friends
we just can't pretend
that lovers make amends

we are
reasons so unreal
we can't help but feel
that something has been lost

but please
you know you're just like me
next time
i promise we'll be perfect

strangers down the line
lovers out of time
memories unwind

so far i still know who you are
but now i wonder who i was

you know it's not the end
we'll always be good friends
but the letters have been sent on

so please
you always were so free
you'll see
i promise we'll be perfect

strangers when we meet
strangers on the street
lovers while we sleep

you know this has to be
we always were so free
we promised that we'd be

Track listing[edit | edit source]

All songs written by Billy Corgan, except "Summer", written by James Iha. Drums provided by Joey Waronker.[7]

UK CD1 / Cassette
3."Perfect" (Nellee Hooper Mix)4:14
2."Perfect" (Perfecto Mix)7:00
3."Daphne Descends" (Kerry B. Mix)3:53
UK and US Maxi-CDs
2."Perfect" (Nellee Hooper Mix)4:14
3."Perfect" (Nellee Hooper Instrumental)4:12
4."Perfect" (Perfecto Mix)7:00
5."Perfect" (Electro Breakbeat Mix)6:02
6."Perfect" (Perfecto Dub)7:04
US CD single
3."Daphne Descends" (Kerry B. Mix)3:53

Release history[edit | edit source]

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
September 7, 1998 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 8 95358 2 2 • HUTCD 106 CD UK 1120786 7d8dc1a0-1d0b-4ded-a1f6-27e3b4790755 [1]
September 7, 1998 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 8 95358 4 6 • HUTC 106 Cassette UK 7271577 [1]
October 1998 Virgin • EMI 7243 8 95358 2 2 • 8953582 CD Australia 2353755 45d5002b-3a03-34dc-9c3e-39af607ec4ae [1]
September 7, 1998 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 8 95361 2 6 • HUTDX 106 CD UK 1089992 05d16737-fbd2-4eab-8be3-aef6a7305ba8 [2]
September 7, 1998 Virgin • Hut Recordings 7243 8 95360 2 7 • HUTCDF 106 CD Europe 51545 edc571be-b28d-471d-8b6d-bb90e468f302 [3]
October 6, 1998 Virgin V25F-38650 • 7243 8 38650 2 4 CD US 538836 69fc2fb9-aaa9-431c-bc98-957c235f2445 [4]

More releases: DiscogsMusicBrainz

Charts[edit | edit source]


AdoreMain releaseStudio
As Featured on MTVVideo • Promotional • Live
PerfectUK CD1 / CassetteSingle
The Smashing Pumpkins 1991–1998Promotional CDPromotional • Compilation
The VideosVideo • Promotional
Rotten ApplesUS versionCompilation
Greatest Hits Video Collection (1991–2000)Video
Rarities and B-SidesCompilation
American GothicUK Tour Edition bonus tracksEP

Tour stats

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Smashing Pumpkins Adore Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  2. "Smashing Pumpkins - Adore - Album Review @ : the source for music reviews, interviews, articles, and news on the internet". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  3. "Smashing Pumpkins - Adore / Album Review / Rock Music Review". Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  4. Band commentary, "Perfect". Greatest Hits Video Collection.
  5. "Another Round: The Smashing Pumpkins – "1979"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  6. Smashing Pumpkins - The Making of 'Perfect' (With Commentary). YouTube. January 14, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2015.
  8. "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7039." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  9. "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 6976." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  10. "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7919." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  11. "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (30.7.–6.8. 1998)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). July 31, 2019. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  12. " – The Smashing Pumpkins – Perfect". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  13. "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  14. "Smashing Pumpkins: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 24, 2016.
  15. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  16. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  17. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  18. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  19. "The Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  20. "RPM's Top 100 Hits of '98" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 68 no. 12. December 14, 1998. p. 20. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  21. "RPM's Top 50 Alternative Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 3, 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]