Sunday Spotlight


  • Kip Wingerschmidt

Okay, so Vince may have beaten me to the punch in reminding y’all bout the strength of seminal Soundgarden in light of recent/impending poop from lead singer Chris Cornell, but I simply cannot remain mum on the subject given just how f’n AWESOME the band was — here’s a fistful-o-tunes to get yr weekend started…

Soundgarden portrait

I still can’t get enough of this band. What a milestone and a treat it has been to experience the magic of Soundgarden; who else is writing songs with this much dynamic and range that r-o-c-k so fucking hard? This is some of the smartest and most heartfelt aggressive songwriting EVER.

And there’s no question that Chris Cornell was the 90s Robert Plant — a title that Cedric from The Mars Volta rightfully earns (so far) for the 21st century — similarly, Cornell can wail and sustain for so goddamn long, at such a high register, that from time to time it’s hard not to wonder if he is indeed a castrati. Girl can sang!

soundgarden ltl cover

SOUNDGARDEN – “Hands All Over”, from Louder Than Love (1989)

**SOUNDGARDEN – “Birth Ritual”, from Singles Soundtrack (1992)

soundgarden badmotorfingerSOUNDGARDEN – “Rusty Cage”, from Badmotorfinger (1991)

SOUNDGARDEN – “Jesus Christ Pose”, from Badmotorfinger (1991)

SOUNDGARDEN – “Mind Riot”, from Badmotorfinger (1991)

SOUNDGARDEN – “Holy Water”, from Badmotorfinger (1991)

soundgarden - superunknown coverSOUNDGARDEN – “Let Me Drown”, from Superunknown (1994)

SOUNDGARDEN – “Fell On Black Days”, from Superunknown (1994)

SOUNDGARDEN – “The Day I Tried To Live”, from Superunknown (1994)

Enjoy — but leave the frickin flannel in the back of the closet, fer chrissakes!


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Checkacheckout Soundgarden’s first-ever music video, for “Flower”, from Ultramega OK (1990):

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