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Soundgarden

About

Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil (both of whom are the only members to appear in every incarnation of the band), and bassist Hiro Yamamoto; Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, and bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990. The band dissolved in 1997 and re-formed in 2010. Following Cornell's death in 2017 and a year of uncertainty regarding the band's future, Thayil declared in October 2018 that Soundgarden had disbanded once again, though they did reunite in January 2019 for a one-off concert in tribute to Cornell.

The band helped to popularize grunge music, a style of alternative rock that developed in the American Pacific Northwest in the mid-1980s, alongside such Seattle contemporaries as Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. They were the first of a number of grunge bands to sign to the Seattle-based record label Sub Pop, through which they released an EP in both 1987 and 1988. California-based independent label SST Records released Soundgarden's debut album, Ultramega OK, which, although it did not sell well nationally, garnered critical acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy award in 1990. Their second album, Louder Than Love, was recorded independently, but, after they signed with A&M Records in 1989 (making them one of the first grunge bands to sign to a major label), the album became their major-label debut. While Ultramega OK had failed to chart and Louder Than Love peaked at number 108 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the band's third album, Badmotorfinger, buoyed by the success of the singles "Jesus Christ Pose", "Outshined", and "Rusty Cage", reached number 39 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles "Spoonman" and "Black Hole Sun". The band experimented with new sonic textures on their follow-up album Down on the Upside, which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 in 1996 and spawned several hit singles of its own, including "Burden in My Hand" and "Blow Up the Outside World". In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction and exhaustion from touring. After more than a decade of working on projects and other bands, they reunited in 2010, and Republic Records released their sixth and final studio album, King Animal, two years later.

As of 2019, Soundgarden had sold more than 14 million records in the United States, and an estimated 30 million worldwide. VH1 ranked Soundgarden at number 14 in their special 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Articles

April 12, 2022

Grunge Supergroup Surprise! Members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden Drop Secret Album

True to the new band's name, 3rd Secret's creation and debut LP were kept under wraps right up until release day.

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April 12, 2022

Members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden form new band 3rd Secret, drop surprise album

Krist Novoselic first teased the project’s existence back in February The post Members of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden form new band 3rd Secret, drop surprise album appeared first on NME.

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April 12, 2022

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil Form 3rd Secret and Release New Album: Listen

3rd Secret’s new self-titled debut album was released as a surprise today

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April 12, 2022

New Grunge Supergroup Featuring Members of Soundgarden and Nirvana Drops Debut LP

3rd Secret made their debut performance at Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture

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October 10, 2021

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says he wanted ‘Enter Sandman’ to be the next ‘Smoke On The Water’

The guitarist has also gone into detail about how Soundgarden inspired the classic track The post Metallica’s Kirk Hammett says he wanted ‘Enter Sandman’ to be the next ‘Smoke On The Water’ appeared first on NME.

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September 11, 2021

Members of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam leading “Sounds Of Seattle” rock camp

Attendees will form their own bands with one of the camp’s mentors, then play in one of LA’s most iconic venues The post Members of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam leading “Sounds Of Seattle” rock camp appeared first on NME.

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August 19, 2021

Metallica pay tribute to Chris Cornell with ‘I Am the Highway’ concert vinyl

They covered Soundgarden's 'All Your Lies' and 'Head Injury' The post Metallica pay tribute to Chris Cornell with ‘I Am the Highway’ concert vinyl appeared first on NME.

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August 16, 2021

Brandi Carlile performs Soundgarden tracks live with surviving band members

The two acts had previously teamed up to record covers of Soundgarden songs The post Brandi Carlile performs Soundgarden tracks live with surviving band members appeared first on NME.

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August 15, 2021

See Brandi Carlile Play Soundgarden Classics With Surviving Members at the Gorge

Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd join fellow Seattle artist to perform "Black Hole Sun" and "Searching With My Good Eye Closed"

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June 16, 2021

Soundgarden and Vicky Cornell Reach Temporary Agreement Over Social Media Accounts

Vicky Cornell has agreed to transfer the band’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to remaining members

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June 16, 2021

Soundgarden’s Surviving Members Regain ‘Temporary’ Control of Band’s Social Media

"The agreement marks a productive first step towards healing and open dialogue," band members and singer's estate say in joint statement

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June 16, 2021

Soundgarden Gets Its Social Media Accounts Back in Temporary Agreement With Vicky Cornell

Soundgarden and Chris Cornell's widow, Vicky, announced on Wednesday (June 16) that they reached a temporary agreement in their dispute over the band's social media accounts.

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June 10, 2021

Watch Soundgarden members make cameo in The Pretty Reckless’ ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now’ video

"The song was born out of tragedy and brought to life by two of my favourite musicians of all time" The post Watch Soundgarden members make cameo in The Pretty Reckless’ ‘Only Love Can Save Me Now’ video appeared first on NME.

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March 26, 2021

Judge sees no evidence that Soundgarden are withholding royalties from Vicky Cornell

The suit, filed in December 2019, was followed last month by another case from Cornell, regarding a "ludicrously low" buyout offer The post Judge sees no evidence that Soundgarden are withholding royalties from Vicky Cornell appeared first on NME.

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February 21, 2021

Soundgarden Responds to Buyout Bid Lawsuit Filed by Chris Cornell’s Widow

Soundgarden has released a statement in response to a new buyout bit lawsuit filed by Chris Cornell's widow.

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February 18, 2021

Chris Cornell’s wife reportedly suing Soundgarden over “ludicrously low” buyout offer

This is the latest chapter in the two parties' legal saga The post Chris Cornell’s wife reportedly suing Soundgarden over “ludicrously low” buyout offer appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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February 18, 2021

Chris Cornell’s Wife Vicky Cornell Sues Soundgarden Over Proposed Buyout Offer

She is seeking a judicial valuation of Chris Cornell’s interest in Soundgarden assets, following the band’s buyout offer of $300,000

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January 30, 2021

Sequel to Chris Cornell’s ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore’ is on the way

Volume one featured a collection of cover songs handpicked by the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman The post Sequel to Chris Cornell’s ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore’ is on the way appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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January 28, 2021

Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless recalls final conversation with Chris Cornell

Momsen was among the last people to see the Soundgarden frontman alive The post Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless recalls final conversation with Chris Cornell appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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January 3, 2021

Brandi Carlile’s Soundgarden collaboration is now on streaming services

'A Rooster Says', recorded with the band's surviving members, was recorded for 2020's Record Store Day The post Brandi Carlile’s Soundgarden collaboration is now on streaming services appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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December 23, 2020

Watch the Moving Lyric Video For Chris Cornell’s John Lennon Cover

The Chris Cornell estate has released a moving lyric video for the late Soundgarden singer's cover of John Lennon's "Watcing the Wheels."

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December 23, 2020

Watch Chris Cornell’s lyric video for cover of John Lennon’s ‘Watching The Wheels’

The cover is taken from the final album by the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman The post Watch Chris Cornell’s lyric video for cover of John Lennon’s ‘Watching The Wheels’ appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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December 11, 2020

Chris Cornell Flexes His Originality on Cover Songs on Final Solo LP, ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore’

Although the late Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman's vocal talents are undeniable, the way he performs the covers on this compilation is what makes it interesting

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December 3, 2020

Watch Chris Cornell’s Daughter Lily Cover Alice In Chains in First Public Performance

Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's daughter Lily covered Alice in Chains' "Black Gives Way to Blue" at Tuesday night's (Dec. 1) MoPOP Founders Award ceremony.

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Discs

Live From The Artists Den

July 26, 2019

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Black Hole Sun/New Damage/Blind Dogs

July 19, 2019

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Ultramega OK (Expanded Reissue)

March 10, 2017

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Badmotorfinger

November 18, 2016

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Birth Ritual (Studio Outtake)

November 11, 2016

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Searching With My Good Eye Closed (Live At The Paramount Theatre, Seattle / 1992)

October 21, 2016

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Rusty Cage (Studio Outtake)

October 7, 2016

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Spoonman (Remix By Steve Aoki)

August 8, 2016

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Screaming Life/Fopp

November 25, 2013

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King Animal

November 13, 2012

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King Animal (Deluxe Version)

November 13, 2012

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Commentary

November 12, 2012

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Live On I-5

January 1, 2011

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The Telephantasm

January 1, 2010

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Down On The Upside

May 21, 1996

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Superunknown (20th Anniversary)

March 9, 1994

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Superunknown (Super Deluxe)

March 9, 1994

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Superunknown (Deluxe Edition)

March 9, 1994

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Badmotorfinger (25th Anniversary Remaster)

October 8, 1991

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Louder Than Love

January 1, 1989

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