Thursday, September 2, 2010
21 - "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," Smashing Pumpkins
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage. Truer words have never been spoken. "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," is an anthem of sorts for an angst-ridden generation. You're so pissed off at the world, but there's nothing you can do. You hate your job, but you can't quit it. You hate your life, but you can't leave it.
The world is a vampire. He's saying that life sucks sometimes and drains away at you. This song sums up the feelings of just about anybody at any point in his or her life. No matter who you are, you've felt like this. Hopefully not for a long period of time, but it happens.
On top of the message being delivered, this song just has a great beat to it. The guitars build up to the chorus, on top of the pounding drums. Sometimes a song just works, and this one does. This is one of the classics from that mid-90s, post grunge alternative rock landscape.
You can check out lead singer Billy Corgan's twitter account by clicking here. Interesting fact (for some...), Corgan is a huge fan of professional wrestling. The Smashing Pumpkins wrote an original song for use on a TNA pay per view a few years ago. In addition to that, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" was used as the theme for TNA's "Lockdown: 2009" pay per view. If you're into that kind of stuff, click here to watch a promo video for the event. All the matches took place inside a steel cage, which gives new meaning to the "rat in a cage" line.
And, just as a bonus, click here to listen to a clip of the Foo Fighters covering this song. I'm not sure if it's live or in the studio, but it's just them goofing off with the chorus. It's pretty funny.