“The only thing I can say is that tends to be the beginning of a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating.”
The guys did two tracks off their fourth album, kicking things off with “Spoonman,” the song that brought them into the mainstream, despite the fact that it features a guy actually playing spoons.
“The year we released this album was the last time the Rangers won the Stanley Cup!” Chris Cornell said from the stage of New York City’s Webster Hall, where he and Soundgarden rolled through their greatest album, 1994’s Superunkown.
“…then all of a sudden, you kind of had this R.E.M. moment and this idea that alternative had to be somewhat androgynous, you couldn’t be in any way aggressive, it was jangly, if you were a guitar band, you couldn’t have keyboards, you couldn’t have a trumpet, you couldn’t do anything, except for this rigid template. I always wanted to smash that…”
Grohl’s first reaction to hearing ‘Superunknown’? “Holy s–t! This is gonna be huge! It was the perfect meeting of the Beatles and Black Sabbath.”
On March 8, 1994, both Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden released their seminal albums. Now, 20 years later, the two are sharing the bill for the very first time for a summer-long tour.
The band’s performance will take place during the iTunes Festival in Austin, TX, which is set to feature performances from Zedd, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons.
For a brief time in 1994 and the music scene was filled with artists who melded heavy metal and punk rock. We’re talking Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral, Hole’s Live Through This, Weezer’s self-titled debut, Helmet’s betty, L7’s Hungry For Stink, Alice In Chains’ Jar Of Flies. And let’s not forget Soundgarden’s Superunknown,
Since the Pixies apparently only hire bassists named Kim, we spent time sweating over the supercomputers at Radio.com headquarters, punching in algorithms, and weighing some potentially earth-shaking selections before finally coming up with five potential options to fill the gaping hole in Pixies’ lineup.
If there’s a guidebook to aggressive rockers aging gracefully, Chris Cornell is writing it right now, with his live shows.
Soundgarden’s lead guitarist looks back at the band’s earliest releases, their influence on other Seattle grunge acts like Alice in Chains, and why he’s pretty sure Steve Albini was never a fan of Nirvana.
Soundgarden took a gamble at Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino show on Friday (May 3) and played with all the intensity they displayed during the ’90s.
“I have the wrong gender, the wrong DNA, the wrong hometown to have a successful career in music,” Ann Wilson said. “But some of the best things are the wrong things.”