Rhinoceros (song)

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Rhinoceros (song).jpg
1991 UK promotional issue
Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Gish
ReleasedApril 1991 (1991-04)
  • 6:32 (album version)
  • 5:57 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology

"Rhinoceros" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins from their debut album, Gish. It was written by Billy Corgan and is one of the few songs from Gish that has been performed consistently throughout the band's career.

Instead of being released as a CD single, "Rhinoceros" was instead featured as the first track on Lull. Corgan has mentioned that Lull is known within the band as "the Rhinoceros single".[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Rhinoceros" was one of the Pumpkins' earliest, directed by Angela Conway, who also directed the group's "Siva." There are three main sources of footage used in the video.

The first batch of footage was filmed on a sound stage featuring the band members "looking bored" and playing guitars. In one part of these scenes, D'Arcy is playing with a white ping pong ball which appears to float, an effect that was achieved by filming the scene in slow motion and then running it backwards.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Corgan

7" vinyl promo single


Chart (1991) Peak
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[3] 27


  1. ^ "Readers' Poll: The Best Smashing Pumpkins Songs > 18. 'Rhinoceros'". Rolling Stone. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Gish – Smashing Pumpkins". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 23 November 2016.

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