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On May 21, 2007 the single was released on iTunes for the United States, followed by the United Kingdom and Canada the May 22. On this date, "Tarantula" was played for the first time live in Paris at the Pumpkins' first show in seven years. The song was also played on the Late Show with David Letterman on July 9, 2007.

On July 2, a single was released on CD and 7" in the UK, both containing the b-side "Death From Above". Both covers have a black-and-white photo of Paris Hilton holding a BlackBerry with the Zeitgeist album cover on the screen, and a low-resolution image of a mushroom cloud in the background. A separate 7" was released in a clear plastic sleeve on white vinyl.

On July 15, "Tarantula" entered the UK Rock Singles Chart at Number One.

Critial reception[edit]

Upon release, "Tarantula" received mixed reviews. Drowned in Sound commented that that Corgan's vocals "are trying too hard to sound like Pumpkins vocals, clumsily washed in reverb" and "is too much like a cobbled together montage of Smashing Pumpkins sounds to be exciting."[5] John Murphy of website OMH Music noted that while "all the elements are in place to make this a classic", "it seems as if Corgan's spent too long debating how the song should sound, rather than write any sort of memorable tune", ultimately calling it "disappointing".[6]

Alana King of website Roomthirteen called "Tarantula" a "promising track and is proof that the Smashing Pumpkins are as strong and resilient as ever."[7] Rob Taylor of website Clickmusic.com called the single "a slick and professional effort worthy of anyone's ear."[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video debuted on July 2, 2007 on Spinner.com.[9] It features the band (dressed primarily in the white outfits of the 2007 tour) playing with multiple extra people, in front of a psychedelic visual collage, and is partially shot in 3D. The video was directed by P.R. Brown.[10]

In July 2007, it was announced via the Smashing Pumpkins' official website that the green screen files for the video would be released online. Fans with video editing skills will be allowed to make their own version of the Tarantula video and enter it into a contest via the website.

Two winners were announced in August 2007. 1st place was awarded to Levi Ahmu and 2nd place was awarded to Mason Williams. Both videos consisted of vast amounts of visual effects. Honorable mention was made for Ryan Webber for his live action take on the music video.[11]

Additional information[edit]

Formats and track listing[edit]

  1. "Tarantula" – 3:51
  2. "Death from Above" – 4:06
  3. "Zeitgeist" – 2:49 (Dutch CD single bonus track)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007)[12] Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 44
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 50
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 54
Australian ARIA Rock Singles Chart 7
UK Rock Chart 1
UK Singles Chart[13] 59
Danish Singles Chart[14] 14
Irish Singles Chart[15] 44


  1. ^ Mitchum, Rob (July 9, 2007). "The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 20, 2012. "Songs like "Doomsday Clock" and "Tarantula" wave the flag of stoner rock like Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult without embarrassment, and could likely pass for Queens of the Stone Age if it wasn't for that characteristic Corgan whine." 
  2. ^ Chamberlin, Jimmy and Billy Corgan. (Interview subjects) "Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist Track by Track" (video).
  3. ^ "FMQB: Available for Airplay". FMQB.com. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  4. ^ new-smashing-pumpkins-finally-leaked/
  5. ^ releases/10457/reviews/2152271-
  6. ^ singles/smashing-pumpkins_0707.htm
  7. ^ cgi-bin/cd_view.cgi?CDID=6241
  8. ^ singles/article/Smashing-Pumpkins-Tarantula#ixzz1ee4EkMwe
  9. ^ "Tarantula Music Video". 
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