Listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings’ from Yellowjackets S2 E8 as Natalie runs for her life

The American indie rock band Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings‘ was played on Yellowjackets this week – Yellowjackets, Season 2, Episode 8, “It Chooses“.

The track begins to play after Natalie draws the Queen of Hearts and responds by telling Shauna she had better look her in the eye if she wants to kill her.

Then, as Shauna struggles to muster courage, Travis pushes Shauna and shouts at Natalie to “Run”.

The song plays as Natalie is outside the cabin running for her life in the snow, and most of the group begins to chase after her.

When was Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings‘ released?

Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings‘ came out in October, 1994 as the lead single from the Chicago-based indie band’s third studio album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

It almost immediately became known for its now iconic opening line “The world is a vampire”, a line that is pretty appropriate for the events occuring in that Yellowjackets cabin, eh?

It became such a hit the track ended up becoming the Smashing Pumpkins‘ first Top 30 song in the United States, as it charted at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the Alternative Airplay chart and at #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

Bullet with Butterfly Wings‘ also climbed high up charts in nine other countries, including to #20 on the UK Singles chart, and was eventually certified Silver in the UK and Gold in the United States.

Listen to Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Bullet with Butterfly Wings‘ as heard in that freaky scene on this week’s Yellowjackets down below.

You can also listen to the still incredibly cool track decades after its initial release on its official music video.

Meanwhile the second season of Yellowjackets, which is now streaming on Showtime, is soon coming to an end, but a third season of the popular thriller has already been announced.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered anime, manga, K-drama and music news for over a decade.