Rocket (The Smashing Pumpkins song)

Rocket (The Smashing Pumpkins Song)

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"Rocket" is a song by The Smashing Pumpkins. It was the fourth and final single from their second album, Siamese Dream, and was written by Billy Corgan. The CD single is a valuable rarity to fans of the band as it only saw a release in Australia. A 7" vinyl record was also released in the United Kingdom as part of the Siamese Singles box set. Corgan once commented, Rocket was one of the few singles that did not appear on the Smashing Pumpkins' Greatest Hits album Rotten Apples.

Music video

The music video features a group of children who build a rocket to fly to another planet to see the Pumpkins perform. They build the advanced rocket piece-by-piece, with no help from their unattentive parents, and fly into outer space. When they arrive on the planet, they discover that the band members have aged since the first broadcast, which is definitely not what the children were expecting. The band's 2001 Greatest Hits Video Collection DVD also includes a different cut of the video with only the band's performance. It was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who would go on to direct many more videos for the Smashing Pumpkins.

B-sides

The single included a semi-popular cover of "Never Let Me Down Again" by Depeche Mode, though it is always referred as simply "Never Let Me Down". The song was recorded by request of bassist D'arcy Wretzky who is a long-time Depeche Mode fan. It was recorded at the BBC, perhaps in one...
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