Soundgarden

Formed 1984.
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Chris Cornell chats to Shaun Keaveny

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, chats to Shaun Keaveny.

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Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.

Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After several years working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and their sixth studio album, King Animal, was released two years later.

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  1. Review of King Animal

    King Animal 2012

    Reviewed by Luke Turner
    A superb comeback, 16 years after their last studio LP, from the big-riffed Seattle band.
  2. Review of Live on I-5

    Live on I-5 2011

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    Great live album from the reformed rockers’ 1996 US tour.
  3. Review of Telephantasm

    Telephantasm 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Superb 24-track best-of from the reformed Seattle hard-rockers.