"Let Me Give the World to You"

Smashing Pumpkins press photo.
The Smashing Pumpkins Paul Elledge

This Rick Rubin–assisted Adore outtake is everything the 1998 LP's singles weren't: a straightforward, upbeat pop song in which Billy Corgan has fun rhyming "dest-o-ny" with "soliloquy." It's got all the marks of the Pumpkins' big hits, making the decision to hold it in favor of "Ava Adore" all the more frustrating.

From The Archives Issue 1217: September 11, 2014