Soundgarden Biography (Wikipedia)
Soundgarden was 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. The band dissolved in 1997 and re-formed in 2010. Cornell and Thayil were the only constant members of Soundgarden, until Cornell's death in May 2017.
Soundgarden was one of the seminal creators 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 1989), though they did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana.
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 "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After more than a decade of working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010, and Republic Records released their sixth studio album, King Animal two years later. Following Cornell's suicide in 2017, the surviving members of Soundgarden discussed the possibility moving on with a replacement for him, but in an October 2018 interview with Seattle Times, Thayil declared that the band was finished.
- Chris Cornell discusses Black Hole Sunhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01jxt2s.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01jxt2s.jpg2017-05-18T08:33:00.000ZSoundgarden front man Chris Cornell talks to Matt Everitt about the band's early shows.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05385vc
Chris Cornell discusses Black Hole Sun