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.
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.
They have sold over 10.5 million records in the United States, and an estimated 22.5 million worldwide.
Seattle, Washington, USA
Grunge, heavy metal, alternative metal, alternative rock
Temple of the Dog, Audioslave, Hater, Wellwater Conspiracy, The No WTO Combo, Pearl Jam, Truly
Named after the Sound Garden in Seattle, a kinetic sculpture that makes sounds in the wind.
Chris Cornell -
lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Kim Thayil -
Matt Cameron -
drums, backing vocals
Ben Shepherd -
bass guitar, backing vocals
Hiro Yamamoto - bass guitar (1984-1990)
Scott Sundquist - drums (1985-1986)
Jason Everman - bass guitar (1990)
“I didn't have the same focus (when I was in Soundgarden) I have now. Now everything has come together. The focus on my wife and my children, it really helps me make sense of the music side of it somehow,”
“Tom and Brad and Tim were huge fans of Soundgarden before I ever met them. The (Soundgarden) songs we have played they play incredibly well, they take very seriously and they love,”
“And if you dont believe the sun will rise, stand alone and greet the coming night in the last remaining light.”
“I don't think there are too many rock bands in history that can look at the beginning and middle and ending of themselves and see what I see when I think of Soundgarden. I think from the beginning through the middle and the end it was such a perfect ride and such a perfect legacy to leave,”
“Most of the time, reading through treatments, it's like it could be any band, any song -- it doesn't matter that it's you or your song. The ideas are completely disconnected from the music and the image of the band.”
“He just complained and complained the whole time we were there...But it didn't make any difference in terms of how our day went, because nobody there cared where we were from.”
“First and foremost, it was a lesson in propaganda. We were wound up, thinking we might be under surveillance, there would be hidden cameras in our hotel rooms, our phone lines would be bugged, they'd go through all our stuff. As Americans, we really aren't allowed to know much about Cuba or the people there.”
“Rock will always have CBGB, whether it's open or closed, ... It will just naturally be replaced by something else.”
“It wouldn't [have been] a plus, it would [have been] a minus. That story is that story, and the members of Audioslave appearing in whatever form would only take away from how amazing the story is.”
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance “Black Hole Sun,”
Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance “Spoonman,”