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Chris Cornell, Vocals
Kim Thayil, Guitar
Ben Shepherd, Bass 
Matt Cameron, Drums  (1986-1997)
Hiro Yamamoto, Bass  (1985-1989)
(Brief Members: Jason Everman, Scott Sundquist)

Formed in 1984, Seattle

Formed by Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, and Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden was one of the first major players in Seattle and was the first "grunge" band to sign to a major label
, A&M. 

LATEST NEWS:  Soundgarden will reunite and tour in 2010

Chris Cornell's end-of-the-year "tweet" exclaimed that their 12 year break is over.  Soundgarden will now put differences aside and work together...on music and on a 2010 tour that will likely include major summer festivals.  Soundgarden's touring plans will, however, need to work around Pearl Jam's touring schedule, as drummer Matt Cameron does double duty in 2010.

Soundgarden is named after a wind-channeling pipe sculpture, "The Sound Garden," located in Seattle's Magnuson Park.  In their earliest days, Chris Cornell played drums while also vocalist.  Other founding members, Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto moved to Seattle together, along with Bruce Pavitt, who would soon start up the famous Seattle indie label Sub Pop.  To allow Cornell to concentrate on his lead vocals, they brought in Scott Sundquist as drummer.  However in 1986, Sundquist quit the band and former Skin Yard drummer, Matt Cameron, was brought in to replace him.

Soundgarden on FadedFlannel.com - Over 70 NW Artists Featured    Soundgarden was one of the first band's that their buddy Pavitt would sign on his Sub Pop label in 1987, releasing the single "Hunted Down" and then the EP Screaming Life later in the year.   In 1988 they signed to SST Records and released their Grammy-nominated debut album, Ultramega OK.  Soundgarden was also one of Seattle's first grunge-labeled bands to sign with a major label.  In 1989, they released their first album for A&M, Louder than Love.  After the release of the album, Yamamoto quit the band to return to college. Jason Everman, formerly of Nirvana, briefly replaced Hiro.  Ben Shepherd soon came in as the permanent bassist.

   With the lineup now settled, they recorded Badmotorfinger in 1991.  In 1992 they joined the Lollapalooza tour with Pearl Jam, Ministry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  In 1994, Superunknown was released becoming one of the biggest albums of the year, getting two Grammy awards and selling well over three million copies. 
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The band's final album was Down on the Upside, in 1996.  It contained a wealth of hit singles including  "Pretty Noose", "Burden in My Hand" and "Blow Up the Outside World".  During those recording sessions, tensions between Thayil and Cornell blew up over Chris' move away from the heavier guitar that had been the band's signature.   Bad blood reportedly increased during the band's tour in support of the album.  On April 9, 1997, Soundgarden announced they were breaking up to pursue other interests.  As of December 31, 2009....Chris Cornell's Twittering exclaimed that the twelve year break is over...Soundgarden will reunite and tour in 2010.

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Screaming Life (EP)  /  Fopp (EP)

    • Released in 1987 & 1988

      This compilation combines the band's first two EPs: Screaming Life from 1987 and Fopp from 1988.       Click To Buy It!
    • Hunted Down
    • Entering
    • Tears to Forget
    • Nothing to Say
    • Little Joe
    • Hand of God
    • Kingdom of Come
    • Swallow My Pride
    • Fopp
    • Fopp  [Dub]

Ultramega OK
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Flower  (EP)
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Loudest Love

    • Released in 1990

      Beatle's cover song "Come Together" features producer Jack Endino on backing vocals.  Click To Buy It!
    • Loud Love
    • Hands All Over
    • Get On The Snake
    • Heretic
    • Come Together
    • Fresh Deadly Roses
    • Big Dumb Sex  [Dub Version]

Louder Than Love
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Louder Than Live  (VHS)

    • Released in 1990

      Features 5 songs performed live at the Whisky A Go-Go in L.A. in 1989. It also footage of 2 songs in the studio.  Click To Buy It!
    • Concert Footage:
    • Get on the Snake
    • Gun
    • I Awake
    • Big Dumb Sex
    • Medley: Big Bottom/Earache My Eye
    • In Studio Footage:
    • Loud Love
    • Hands All Over
    • On The CD:
    • Beyond the Wheel
    • Get on the Snake
    • Hunted Down
    • I Awake
    • Gun
    • Big Dumb Sex
    • Big Bottom
    • Earache My Eye

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Badmotorfinger / SOMMS  (Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas)

    • Released 1992

      Package includes the full "Badmotorfinger" album and the EP "SOMMS" featuring three cover songs.         Click To Buy It!
    • Includes the tracks listed above, Plus:
    • Into the Void (Sealth)   [Black Sabbath]
    • Girl U Want   [Devo]
    • Stray Cat Blues   [The Rolling Stones]
    • She's a Politician
    • Slaves & Bulldozers  [Live]

Rusty Cage  (Import Single)

    • Released 1992

      Import of the 4-track single from the UK, Germany and Australia. Click To Buy It!
    • Rusty Cage  [Edit]
    • Rusty Cage  [LP version]
    • Touch Me
    • Stray Cat Blues

Motorvision  (VHS)

    • Released in 1992

      Recorded over two nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, on March 5 & 6, 1992. Click To Buy It
    • Includes live performances as well as interview footage:
    • Searching With My Good Eye Closed
    • Rusty Cage
    • Outshined
    • Little Joe
    • Mind Riot
    • Room A Thousand Years Wide
    • Jesus Christ Pose
    • Slaves & Bulldozers

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Spoonman  (Import Single)

    • Released in 1994

      Four tracks released on the European version of the single for "Spoonman".   Click To Buy It!
    • Spoonman
    • Fresh Tendrils
    • Cold Bitch
    • Exit Stonehenge

The Day I Tried To Live  (Single)

    • Released in 1994

      USA Promo and European Import CD includes the acoustic version of "Like Suicide" & live "Kickstand" Click To Buy It!
    • The Day I Tried To Live
    • Like Suicide  [Acoustic]
    • Kickstand  [Live]

Fell On Black Days  (Import Single)

    • Released in 1995

      Several import versions of this single, with varying tracks are available.       Click To Buy It!
    • Several Import Versions, Possible Tracks Include:
    • Fell On Black Days
    • Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard
    • Birth Ritual
    • Fell On Black Days  [Live, Demo or Video version]
    • Girl U Want
    • Motorcycle Loop

Songs From The Superunknown

Down On The Upside
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