"Today" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing
Pumpkins, written by lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Corgan (pictured
in 2010). "Today" was released in September 1993 as the second single
from the band's second album and major label debut, Siamese Dream. The
song, seemingly upbeat, contains dark lyrics. Corgan wrote it about a
day when he had suicidal thoughts, exemplified by the reference to self-
mutilation in the chorus. The contrast between the grim subject matter
of the song and the soft instrumental part during the verses, coupled
with use of irony in the lyrics, left many listeners unaware of the
song's tale of depression and desperation. Although Corgan opted for
"Cherub Rock", the lead single from the album, to be the opening track,
"Today" and its follow-up "Disarm" are credited in AllMusic for
popularizing the band and "sen[ding] [Siamese Dream] into the
stratosphere". "Today" has been generally well received by critics, and
in an article about the song in Blender it was described as having
"achieved a remarkable status as one of the defining songs of its
generation, perfectly mirroring the fractured alienation of American
youth in the 1990s." (Full article...).
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Today_(The_Smashing_Pumpkins_song)>
Today's selected anniversaries:
France and England agreed to the Truce of Leulinghem,
establishing a 13-year peace during the Hundred Years' War.
The First Vatican Council declared that the Pope is infallible
when he solemnly declares a dogmatic teaching on faith as being
contained in divine revelation.
At the Olympic Games in Montreal, Nadia Comăneci became the
first person to score a perfect 10 in a modern Olympics gymnastics
A gunman massacred 21 people and injured 15 others at a
McDonald's restaurant in the San Ysidro section of San Diego,
A suicide bomber attacked an Israeli tour bus at Burgas
Airport, Bulgaria, which later led the European Union to list the
military branch of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. To take out of the grave or tomb; to unbury; to exhume; to dig up.
2. To bring out, as from a grave or hiding place; to bring from obscurity
Wikiquote quote of the day:
￼ The law changes and I don't. How I stand vis-à-vis the law
at any given moment depends on the law. The law can change from state to
state, from nation to nation, from city to city. I guess I have to go by
a higher law. How's that? Yeah, I consider myself a road man for the
lords of karma.
--Hunter S. Thompson
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