"Tristessa" was the second single Smashing Pumpkins released, following "I Am One
." The "Tristessa" single included "La Dolly Vita" on the B-side, as well as "Honeyspider" on UK editions.
Of the original single pressings, roughly 4,000 were pink, the rest were black, and around 100 were gray due to technical errors. Those 100 gray versions are collectors' items today.
Following "Tristessa" (but probably mostly resulting from the success of "I Am One"), major record labels started jockeying for position to sign the Pumpkins. Caroline Records won out.