Rag Rewind #2 The Beginning is the End is the Beginning: The Smashing Pumpkins

27 Jul

With the release of The Dark Knight Rises (2012) earlier this week it seemed like the perfect time to write a Rewind on the Smashing Pumpkins’ The Beginning is the End is the Beginning. The original recording of the song, entitled The End is the Beginning is the End, was written exclusively for the infamous flop Batman and Robin (1997). Despite its less than promising foundations the song won the 1998 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, and stands as a testament to Corgan’s uniquely brilliant song writing capabilities, having expertly captured the innate qualities of his unlikely muse.

In addition to the film’s cut, the track was released with three other arrangements including The Beginning is the End is the Beginning. Moodier and more atmospheric than the original, The Beginning is the End is the Beginning has a timeless, ethereal quality more aptly suited to the Dark Knight of the Nolans than Schumacher’s dud. It would have made a fitting theme song for The Dark Knight Rises; the perfect marriage of song and cinema, but alas they were pipped at the post by The Watchmen (2009). And while it has been a couple of years since that was released, using it in another film so soon would have been akin to turning up to a party wearing someone else’s dress. For now it seems, fans like myself will have to content themselves with dreams of the cinematic moment that could have been and the song that always was.

Ed.

Watch The Beginning is the End is the Beginning here.

 

 

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