Soma (song)

Soma (song)

For The Strokes song, see Is This It.
Song by The Smashing Pumpkins from the album Siamese Dream
Released 27 July 1993
Recorded 1992 - 1993
Genre Alternative rock, progressive rock[1]
Length 6:39
Label Virgin
Writer Billy Corgan, James Iha
Producer Butch Vig, Billy Corgan

Siamese Dream track listing
"Geek U.S.A."

"Soma", originally called "Coma",[2] is a track on the album Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins. The song-writing credits list James Iha and Billy Corgan as co-authors, but Corgan claims that Iha only wrote the chord structure for the beginning of the song, and that Corgan himself wrote the rest.[3] One of the longest songs to appear on a Smashing Pumpkins album, it is said to have included up to 40 guitar tracks over the course of the song.[4] Corgan says the song "is based on the idea that a love relationship is almost the same as opium: it slowly puts you to sleep, it soothes you, and gives you the illusion of sureness and security."[5] It was also acknowledged that song was inspired by Corgan's break-up with his ex-wife, Chris Fabian.[6][7] The song also contains references to a hallucinogenic drug which was featured in Aldous Huxley's novel Brave New World[8] and features a prominent piano figure by Mike Mills of R.E.M.[9][10]

The song received positive reviews. Ned Raggett of Allmusic especially praised the song's guitar solo, while spotting elements from gothic rock and psychedelic rock.[9] The song was also likened to Prince's "The Beautiful Ones".[9][11] The critically acclaimed guitar solo was rated as the 24th in Rolling Stone's "The 25 Coolest Guitar Solos" list.[12] The guitar solo was placed as 41st in NME's "50 Greatest Guitar Solos" list.[13]



External links

  • Allmusic song review