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Album: Siamese DreamReleased: 1993Charted:
According to various interviews with lead singer Billy Corgan, this song's lyric is an ironic attack on the "Indie" credibility in Chicago's music scene that had him frustrated - the old complaint about bands going to major labels becoming sell-outs. In Rolling Stone, Corgan said: "I won't play some one else's game anymore. This album was really a strong affirmation to myself: 'F--k you, I don't care. I'm going to do this.' The funny part about it is that it's working. Which says to me I should have trusted myself all along."
The Siamese Dream album contains 13 tracks and runs over an hour; their previous album Gish was 10 songs with a running time of about 45 minutes. Since CDs were now the format of choice and could hold more music, the band was pushed by Virgin Records to fill more of it, which put pressure on the band and affected their workflow.
According to Billy Corgan, this pressure to produce kept him from refining this song. Speaking with Creem magazine, he said: "I wrote 'Cherub Rock' in half an hour. I heard it one day while I was driving up the road and it was one of the last songs I wrote before we did the album. The thing is, there's parts of me that wonder what would have happened if I'd spent four hours writing it, and not done something else. How much better a song would it have been?"
Smashing Pumpkins performed this on Saturday Night Live on October 30, 1993. (thanks, John - Colorado Springs, CO)