CHRIS CORNELL Talks 20th Anniversary Of SOUNDGARDEN's 'Superunknown' On 'In The Studio' (Audio)

June 17, 2014

North American syndicated rock radio show and web site "In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands" (web site) celebrates a '90s classic arriving at its 20th anniversary, SOUNDGARDEN's "Superunknown", with singer/guitarist/songwriter Chris Cornell.

When it came time for SOUNDGARDEN to enter the studio for "Superunknown", the song stash was empty, a daunting creative challenge to main songwriter Chris Cornell. All of the ripe musical fruit had been harvested for the series of singles and EPs on Sub Pop and the SST album "Badmotorfinger", but Chris found the untilled earth liberating, fertile musical ground. The result was the uncanny way in which songs such as "Spoonman", "Fell on Black Days", "Black Hole Sun", "My Wave", "The Day I Tried to Live", "Like Suicide" and "Superunknown" somehow bridged the evolution of rock over the twenty-five year period 1969 to 1994. The band's effort would be rewarded with a No. 1 album, two Grammy Awards and millions of fans.

Cornell shares with "In The Studio" host Redbeard how he viewed the process of writing and recording "Superunknown": "I look at 'Superunknown' as kind of SOUNDGARDEN's first [THE BEATLES] 'White Album' in a sense, where we were sort of all going in separate directions and taking music that we all liked separately, and [add] our own personal influences that didn't necessarily spill out into the other members, and bring these influences back into the band and make this record."

The SOUNDGARDEN "In The Studio" interview program is available now to stream below.

As previously reported, the 20th-anniversary reissue of SOUNDGARDEN's breakthrough 1994 album, "Superunknown", sold 5,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 51 on The Billboard 200 chart.

SOUNDGARDEN's North American tour with NINE INCH NAILS will kick off of July 19 in Las Vegas.


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