This song was the first single off Smashing Pumpkins' 1998 comeback album Adore. The single marked a change in musical direction for the band, as frontman Billy Corgan had consciously decided to incorporate more loops, electronic sounds, and non-traditional instruments into the band's music.
This song was featured on the MuchMusic compilation album Big Shiny Tunes 3. Other bands on the disc included Foo Fighters, Matthew Good Band, and Semisonic.
The video for this song was directed by Dom and Nic, who have also worked with Trent Reznor, David Bowie, and The Chemical Brothers.
The video for this song won an award for Most Stylish Video at the 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards.
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.