#938: ‘Stand Inside Your Love’ – The Smashing Pumpkins

Picking a favourite song by The Smashing Pumpkins is akin to picking a favourite ice cream flavour, for some. Sure, at the end of the day, it’ll be enjoyable, but there’s subtle differences in the composition that result in a completely different experience along the way.

While ‘Stand Inside Your Love’ wasn’t their most successful song, it is a bittersweet track for the band in some ways, heralding the end of an era, being one of their final singles before their breakup in 2000. Of course, they’ve had later singles during their reformation, but they’re just nowhere near as the golden days of the group.

Corgan supposedly write the song about his then-girlfriend, and he’s even gone so far as to call it one of the ‘true’ love songs that he’s written. Apparently, it’s one of the few songs from their record Machina/The Machines Of God that wasn’t touched after it was written, effectively staying exactly the same from its conception to its release, which in itself, is rather rare.

‘Stand Inside Your Love’ is the sound a band proving they’re still relevant after a couple of years of disappointment on the charts. In my opinion, it shows Corgan going back to his true roots as a musician, and shows him managing to capture the very essence of the songwriting that he made a name for himself with.

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