“Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins


The Smashing Pumpkins are an American alt-rock band from Chicago, formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan (lead vocals, guitar), James Iha (guitar), D'arcy Wretzky (bass guitar) and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums). They are one of the biggest American rock bands of the 1990’s selling over 20 million albums in just the U.S.A. Their song “Today” is the second single off their second album and major label debut, Siamese Dream, which was released in September 1993. The song is both uplifting, and dark, and is credited with launching the Smashing Pumpkins into the mainstream.


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Here is a gas station attendant wearing red low tops.


The song is sarcastically about of the greatest days of Corgan’s life, when in fact he wrote this song after a break up with a girlfriend and a death in the family. This comes from the extended breakdown where he gave the story of how the song came to be, stating that it came from the most horrible part of his life where he became “obsessed” with killing himself. He eventually came to the decision to either “kill himself or get used to it, work, live, and be happy.” He chose the latter, and now looks back at this song as a testament to surviving through depression. It’s a very inspiring tale and you can really get the message when you listen to the song itself.


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Here is the mechanic also wearing red chucks.


Corgan has stated that the plot of the video was inspired by a memory he had of an ice cream truck driver who, when he quit his job, gave out his remaining stock of ice cream to the neighborhood children. The driver in the video similarly quits his job and drives through the middle of nowhere, enjoying life as much as he can. He encounters a bunch of characters along the way, including a mechanic and gas attendant wearing chucks, and eventually gives up his truck to them. The lesson here being that sometimes you just have to let go and enjoy life.


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Getting ready to paint this ice cream truck.


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