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Soundgarden

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1/1/1984, Seattle, WA, USA

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Soundgarden was the first of the Seattle grunge bands to get signed by a major label during the late-1980s and eventually went on to become one of the most successful bands of the 1990s.

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Bruce Pavitt, founder of the Sub Pop record label, signed Soundgarden in the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2001, Q magazine named Louder Than Love as one of the 50 Hardest Albums Of All Time.

    • Chris Cornell said that the inspiration for the title of Superunknown came from his misreading of a video entitled Superclown.

    • The music video for Black Hole Sun won the Clio Award for Alternative Music Video in 1995.

    • The song Spoonman was inspired by Artis the Spoonman, a street performer from Seattle who makes music with spoons, among other things.

    • Soundgarden won a Grammy in 1995 for Best Metal Performance with their song Spoonman.

    • Rusty Cage appeared on the fictional alternative radio station Radio X on the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

    • Despite it's popularity with fans, the band disliked the video for Outshined, especially as part of Kim Thayil's guitar solo was cut out.

    • The song Big Dumb Sex was intended to parody glam metal bands that talked about sex in their lyrics.

    • The lyrics of I Awake were originally part of a note written by bassist Hiro Yamamoto's then girlfriend Kate McDonald.

    • Soundgarden would often use extended techniques in their songs.

    • Louder Than Love was the last Soundgarden album to feature Hiro Yamamoto on bass.

    • Soundgarden's second full-length album, Louder Than Love, was originally intended to be titled Louder Than F**k or Louder Than Meat.

    • The songs 665 and 667 on the album Ultramega OK are parodies of the idea of Satanic content in rock music, the idea being that if 666 is such a powerful number, then the surrounding numbers must be equally as powerful.

    • Circle Of Power is the only Soundgarden song to ever be written without input from frontman Chris Cornell.

    • The name for Soundgarden's debut track Ultramega OK was intended to be a joke, according to frontman Chris Cornell.

    • Soundgarden expected considerable commerical success from the ir 1991 album Badmotorfinger, but it was overshadowed by the release of Nirvana's Nevermind.

    • Soundgarden earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance with Ultramega OK in 1990.

    • Soundgarden achieved their greatest commercial success with their 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts.

    • Soundgarden took a slot on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour, along with Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers amongst others.

    • Prominent Seattle DJ Jonathan Poneman was impressed after seeing Soundgarden perform one night, later saying, "I saw this band that was everything rock music should be."

    • Soundgarden were the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records).

    • Soundgarden took their name from a wind-channeling pipe structure called The Sound Garden, that was located in Magnuson Park in Seattle.

    • Soundgardedn is #14 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.

    • Chris Cornell originally played drums, but switched to Vocals/Guitar when Scott Sundquist joined the band in 1985.

    • Album sales total over 5 million

    • Band Members:

      Chris Cornell - Vocals, Guitar [1985-1997]


      Kim Thayil - Guitar [1985-1997]


      Hiro Yamamoto - Bass [1985-1989]


      Jason Everman - Bass [1989-1990]


      Ben Shepherd - Bass [1990-1997]


      Scott Sundquist - Drums [1985-1986]


      Matt Cameron - Drums [1986-1997]

  • Quotes

    • Chris Cornell: (when asked if there could be a Soundgarden reunion) It probably won't happen. It's almost like we sealed the lid and said, this is Soundgarden and this is its lifespan, and put it out there. And it looks really great to me. I think getting back together would take the lid off that and then could possibly change what to me seems like the perfect lifespan of the band. I can't think of any reason to mess with that.

    • Kim Thayil: In the beginning, our fans came from the punk rock crowd. They abandoned us when they thought we had sold out the punk tenets, getting on a major label and touring with Guns N' Roses. There were fashion issues and social issues, and people thought we no longer belonged to their scene, to their particular sub-culture.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Soundgarden has to be the most overall talented grunge band of all time. Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil really stand out as gods of the '90s.

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    This, is a perfect example of a great band who's reputation as amazing is slowly being destroyed by some of the modern day supposed "alternative" (really just emo) music. All the members of Soundgarden had real talent. Chris Cornll was the greatest singer ever (I say was because his voice isn't as good anymore), and Kim Thayil is just crazy. Listen to the work of "Black Hole Sun", their best song in my opinion. The singing, first of all, is unmatched. It's also undescribable. There's something about it that just sounds so good. He had a monstrously wide range of vocals, and never had any problems amazing you. Kim Thayil has the crazy guitar solo, that most would dream of being able to play. Matt Cameron's drums were (and still are) amazing, in that song. It's where the drums truly evolve from just keeping beat to something more special. The chemistry of the band was so perfect. And just to speak more of Cornell, who could forget the impossible high-note in "Jesus Christ Pose". As quoted by ElmisOriginal, he says, "I nearly sh*t my pants every time I hear that." I admit I bloomed to Soundgarden late, but I have to say, if this band was a Soundgarden, that garden must have had some nice sound flowers.moreless