‘Dis­arm you with a smile / And cut you like you want me to / Cut that lit­tle child in­side of me’

Kerrang! (UK) - - Smashing Pumpkins - DIS­ARM (SIAMESE DREAM, 1993)

An­other ex­am­ple of Billy smug­gling in­tense sen­ti­ments into a beau­ti­ful song, draw­ing from his un­happy child­hood, and writ­ten from the point of view of an abused child and deliberately aimed at his fa­ther and step­mother. In the liner notes to the al­bum’s 2011 reis­sue, the front­man stated bluntly that “the rip­ple of the mes­sage got through”. Even the song’s or­ches­tral ar­range­ment was ap­par­ently de­signed to get a re­ac­tion, choos­ing beauty rather than ag­gres­sion as a more ef­fec­tive ves­sel for re­crim­i­na­tions.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.