Artist Name: Soundgarden

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SoundgardenSoundgarden is a Seattle rock band who helped to define the sound that came to be called grunge. Despite starting years earlier, and having a sound that more closely resembled Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin than their contemporaries, they are considered one of the "big four" of the '90s Seattle grunge bands, along with Alice In Chains, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

The band was formed in 1984 by Chris Cornell (vocals, and originally drums) and Hiro Yamamoto (bass), to be joined later by Kim Thayil (guitar) and Scott Sundquist (drums). Thayil joined the band after moving to Seattle from Illinois with Yamamoto and Bruce Pavitt, who would later start Sub Pop Records. Scott Sundquist, who left in 1986 to concentrate more on his family, was replaced on drums by Matt Cameron. Yamamoto was replaced by Jason Everman on bass after the release of 1989's Louder Than Love. Jason Everman was quickly replaced by Ben Shepherd, who remained with Soundgarden for the rest of its life-span.

Break-up:
Soundgarden disbanded in 1997, following an aborted tour in support of their album Down on the Upside, as a result of increasing tensions within the group. Cornell went on to pursue a solo career, releasing a solo album, Euphoria Morning. He subsequently went on to form Audioslave with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, while Cameron subsequently joined Pearl Jam, replacing Jack Irons on drums.

The band was named after an outdoor art/sound installation called the "Sound Garden," located on NOAA property near Seattle's Magnuson Park, which makes eerie sounds when the wind blows.

Soundgarden would often utilize alternate tunings and odd time signatures in their songs. Many Soundgarden songs were performed in drop D tuning, including "Jesus Christ Pose", "Outshined", "Spoonman", and "Black Hole Sun". The E strings of the instruments were at times tuned lower, such as on "Rusty Cage", where the bottom E string is tuned all the way down to B. Some songs use more unorthodox tunings: "My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live" are both in a E-E-B-B-B-E tuning. Soundgarden's use of odd-meter time signatures was varied as well; while such songs as "Jesus Christ Pose" are in typical 4/4 time, "Black Hole Sun alternates between 4/4 and 9/8, "Outshined" is in 7/8, "My Wave" uses 5/4, "Never The Machine Forever" is in 9/8 and "Spoonman" alternates between 7/8 and 4/4 sections. Kim Thayil has said the band usually did not consider the time signature of a song until after they had written it, and said that the use of odd meters was "a total accident."

Reformation:
On January 1, 2010 Chris Cornell announced through a twitter feed; "the 12 year break is over & school is back in session" sealing the fact that all four members of Soundgarden, circa 1997, would be reuniting after a 12 year hiatus.

On April 15, 2010, it was announced that Soundgarden would play its first show since 1997 the following day at the Showbox at the Market in the band's hometown of Seattle. On April 16, an email went out to random Soundgardenworld.com newsletter subscribers with a link to purchase tickets. The show was billed under the pseudonym 'Nudedragons', an anagram for Soundgarden. Tickets sold out in just 15 minutes In addition, a contest was posted on the Soundgarden twitter page, giving one fan a chance to win a ticket to the show.

The Live To Rise Songfacts reports that Soundgarden's first new song in 15 years was debuted via Seattle rock station KISW on April 4, 2012. Live To Rise is a midtempo track that was written by the band specifically for the soundtrack to Marvel's The Avengers film.

On September 27th, 2012, Soundgarden released "Been Away Too Long," the first single from their new album "King Animal." The long awaited album was released on November 13th, 2012.

Chris Cornell passed away on May 17th, 2017.

Top Track of Atist: Soundgarden

Black Hole Sun - Soundgarden

Black Hole Sun

953,020
5,065,417
Spoonman - Soundgarden

Spoonman

472,848
2,009,040
Fell on Black Days - Soundgarden

Fell on Black Days

466,016
2,106,976
Rusty Cage - Soundgarden

Rusty Cage

325,687
1,360,788
The Day I Tried to Live - Soundgarden

The Day I Tried to Live

300,473
1,289,975
Outshined - Soundgarden

Outshined

293,530
1,204,934
My Wave - Soundgarden

My Wave

280,947
995,980
Superunknown - Soundgarden

Superunknown

257,018
945,226
Let Me Drown - Soundgarden

Let Me Drown

256,498
891,759
Burden in My Hand - Soundgarden

Burden in My Hand

237,343
1,017,777
Pretty Noose - Soundgarden

Pretty Noose

204,909
886,113
Mailman - Soundgarden

Mailman

203,904
745,392
Head Down - Soundgarden

Head Down

186,187
689,944
4th of July - Soundgarden

4th of July

184,667
779,872
Kickstand - Soundgarden

Kickstand

182,633
637,781
Limo Wreck - Soundgarden

Limo Wreck

181,623
654,396
Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden

Jesus Christ Pose

178,920
790,874
Fresh Tendrils - Soundgarden

Fresh Tendrils

174,262
612,048
Like Suicide - Soundgarden

Like Suicide

167,896
605,689
Half - Soundgarden

Half

148,605
493,741
Slaves & Bulldozers - Soundgarden

Slaves & Bulldozers

119,010
465,754
Face Pollution - Soundgarden

Face Pollution

108,436
377,637
Somewhere - Soundgarden

Somewhere

103,162
353,622
Ty Cobb - Soundgarden

Ty Cobb

102,866
406,294
Mind Riot - Soundgarden

Mind Riot

98,314
338,887
Drawing Flies - Soundgarden

Drawing Flies

96,836
328,019
Hands All Over - Soundgarden

Hands All Over

96,241
356,953
Flower - Soundgarden

Flower

96,025
318,748
Holy Water - Soundgarden

Holy Water

94,793
325,796
Rhinosaur - Soundgarden

Rhinosaur

93,772
330,713
Been Away Too Long - Soundgarden

Been Away Too Long

92,281
351,369
Dusty - Soundgarden

Dusty

87,682
308,154
She Likes Surprises - Soundgarden

She Likes Surprises

87,267
280,071
Zero Chance - Soundgarden

Zero Chance

87,106
316,643
New Damage - Soundgarden

New Damage

86,065
274,317
Live to Rise - Soundgarden

Live to Rise

83,744
446,642
Loud Love - Soundgarden

Loud Love

83,510
313,668
Never Named - Soundgarden

Never Named

75,838
252,259
Get on the Snake - Soundgarden

Get on the Snake

74,632
255,566
Tighter & Tighter - Soundgarden

Tighter & Tighter

70,461
257,365
Applebite - Soundgarden

Applebite

69,795
231,633
Boot Camp - Soundgarden

Boot Camp

69,144
253,932
Overfloater - Soundgarden

Overfloater

67,791
234,492
Switch Opens - Soundgarden

Switch Opens

64,709
212,760
No Attention - Soundgarden

No Attention

64,533
217,197
Nothing to Say - Soundgarden

Nothing to Say

63,985
227,509
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