|Studio album by|
|Released||March 9, 1994|
|Studio||Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington|
73:33 (LP and international CD)
|Singles from Superunknown|
Superunknown is the fourth studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on March 9, 1994, through A&M Records. It is the band's second album with bassist Ben Shepherd, and features new producer Michael Beinhorn. Soundgarden began work on the album after touring in support of its previous album, Badmotorfinger (1991). Superunknown captured the heaviness of the band's earlier releases while displaying a more diverse range of influences.
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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. Following Cornell's suicide in 2017 and a year of uncertainty of the band's future, Thayil declared in an October 2018 interview with Seattle Times that they would not continue as Soundgarden; they did, however, reunite in January 2019 for a one-off concert in tribute to Cornell.
A&M Records was an American record label founded as an independent company by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss in 1962. Due to the success of the discography A&M released, the label garnered interest and was acquired by PolyGram in 1989 and began distributing releases from Polydor Ltd. from the UK. Throughout its operations, A&M housed well-known acts such as Gin Blossoms, Dishwalla, Joe Cocker, Procol Harum, Captain & Tennille, Sting, Sergio Mendes, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Supertramp, Bryan Adams, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, The Carpenters, Paul Williams, Quincy Jones, Janet Jackson, Cat Stevens, Peter Frampton, Elkie Brooks, Carole King, Styx, Extreme, Amy Grant, Joan Baez, the Human League, The Police, CeCe Peniston, Blues Traveler, Soundgarden, Duffy and Sheryl Crow.
Superunknown was a critical and commercial success and became the band's breakthrough album. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: "The Day I Tried to Live", "My Wave", "Fell on Black Days", "Spoonman", and "Black Hole Sun", the latter two of which won Grammy Awards and helped Soundgarden reach mainstream popularity. In 1995, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States, has sold 9 million copies worldwide and remains Soundgarden's most successful album. In April 2019, Superunknown was ranked No. 9 on Rolling Stone's "50 Greatest Grunge Albums" list.
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Soundgarden began work on the album about two months after finishing its stint on the 1992 Lollapalooza tour.The individual band members would work on material on their own and then bring in demos to which the other members of the band would contribute. Frontman Chris Cornell said that the band members allowed each other more freedom than on past records. Thayil observed that even though the band spent as much time writing and arranging as it had on previous albums, it spent a lot more time working on recording the songs. After two albums with producer Terry Date, the band decided to seek another collaborator, as guitarist Kim Thayil said, "We just thought we'd go for a change." Eventually they settled on producer Michael Beinhorn, who "didn't have his own trademark sound which he was trying to tack on to Soundgarden" and had ideas the band approved.
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The album's recording sessions took place from July 1993 to September 1993 at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington, as according to Cornell "there was never a decent studio in Seattle and now there's one with a Neve console, so it seemed obvious to use it". ... By the time you get the sounds that you want to record the song, you're sick and tired of playing it." Beinhorn tried to add many of his preferred musicians to mold the band's sound, in what Billboard described as "weaning the band from brute force, giving it the impetus to invest in a more subtle power". For instance, prior to recording the vocals of "Black Hole Sun", Beinhorn made Cornell listen to Frank Sinatra.Bad Animals' resident engineer Adam Kasper, who went on to produce Soundgarden's following albums, assisted Beinhorn on the recording process. Soundgarden took the approach of recording one song at a time. The drum and bass parts were recorded first for each song, and then Cornell and Thayil would lay down their parts over top. Cornell said that getting to know Beinhorn contributed to the length of time Soundgarden spent working on the album. The band spent time experimenting with different drum and guitar sounds, as well as utilizing techniques such as layering, resulting in an expansive production sound. Cornell said, "Michael Beinhorn was so into sounds. He was so, almost, anal about it, that it took the piss out of us a lot of the time
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Superunknown lasts for 15 songs clocking on approximately 70 minutes because according to Cornell, "we didn't really want to argue over what should be cut".Soundgarden took a break in the middle of recording to open for Neil Young on a ten-day tour of the United States. The band then brought in Brendan O'Brien to mix the album, as Beinhorn felt the band needed "a fresh pair of ears"; O'Brien had come recommended by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. Thayil called the mixing process "very painless", and bassist Ben Shepherd said it was "the fastest part of the record".
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The songs on Superunknown captured the metal influences of the band's previous works while showcasing the group's newly evolving style. Steve Huey of AllMusic said that the band's "earlier punk influences are rarely detectable, replaced by surprisingly effective appropriations of pop and psychedelia."Cornell labeled the album as more "challenging" and "versatile" than the band's previous releases. The songs on the album are more experimental and diverse than the band's previous recordings, with some songs having a Middle-Eastern or Indian flavor (for example "Half", sung by Shepherd). Some songs also show a Beatles influence, such as "Head Down" and "Black Hole Sun". In a 1994 interview with Guitar World , Thayil explained, "We looked deep down inside the very core of our souls and there was a little Ringo sitting there. Oh sure, we like telling people it's John Lennon or George Harrison; but when you really look deep inside of Soundgarden, there's a little Ringo wanting to get out." Drummer Matt Cameron said that the experimentation on the album was "just a matter of refinement." According to The A.V. Club , the album "both redefined and transcended grunge". Michael Beinhorn stated that to achieve the intensity of Superunknown, he sought influence from European electronic music, such as the British Aphex Twin and the Dutch genre of Gabber, described by him as "some of the rawest music made".
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Soundgarden utilized alternative tunings and odd time signatures on several of the album's songs. "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", "Let Me Drown" and "Kickstand" were performed in drop D tuning while "Mailman" and "Limo Wreck" employed CGDGBe tuning. Some songs used more unorthodox tunings: "My Wave" and "The Day I Tried to Live" are both in an EEBBBb tuning. "Head Down" and "Half" both utilised CGCGGe tuning, "4th of July" is in a similar CFCGBe tuning; and "Like Suicide" is performed in DGDGBC tuning. Soundgarden's use of odd time signatures was varied as well; "Fell On Black Days" is in 6/4, "Limo Wreck" is played in 15/8, "My Wave" alternates between 5/4 and 4/4, and "The Day I Tried to Live" alternates between 7/8 and 4/4 sections. Thayil has said that Soundgarden usually did not consider the time signature of a song until after the band had written it, and said that the use of odd meters was "a total accident".
Lyrically, the album is quite dark and mysterious, as much of it is often interpreted to be dealing with issues such as substance abuse, suicide, and depression, with running themes of revenge, annihilation, seclusion, fear, loss, death, and discovery. Cornell was inspired by the writings of Sylvia Plath at the time. '". Cornell stated that "Let Me Drown" is about "crawling back to the womb to die", "Fell on Black Days" is about realizing "you're unhappy in the extreme", "Black Hole Sun" is about a "surreal dreamscape", "Limo Wreck" is a "'shame-on-decadence' song", "The Day I Tried to Live" is about "trying to step out of being patterned and closed off and reclusive", and "4th of July" is about using LSD. Cornell talked about "Mailman" at a concert saying, "This next one is about killing your boss. It's about coming to work early one morning cause you have a special agenda and you're going to shoot him in the fucking head." Conversely, "Like Suicide" was literal, written by Cornell after a bird flew into a window of his house. He found the severely injured animal and killed it, hitting it with a brick to end its suffering.Commenting on the album's lyrics, Thayil said that "a lot of Superunknown seems to me to be about life, not death. Maybe not affirming it, but rejoicing—like the Druids [put it]: 'Life is good, but death's gonna be even better!" Cameron said that the lyrics on the album are "a big fuck-you to the world, a plea to 'leave us alone
The song "Spoonman" is notable for featuring a performance by Artis the Spoonman, a street entertainer in Seattle.The title of the song is credited to bassist Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam. While on the set of the movie Singles , Ament produced a list of song titles for the fictional band featured in the movie. Cornell took it as a challenge to write songs for the film using those titles, and "Spoonman" was one of them. An acoustic demo version of the song appears in the movie. Cornell said that the song is about "the paradox of who [Artis] is and what people perceive him as".
The album's cover art (known as the 'Screaming Elf') is a distorted photograph of the band members, photographed by Kevin Westenberg, above a black and white upside-down burning forest. Concerning the artwork, Cornell said, "Superunknown relates to birth in a way ... Being born or even dying—getting flushed into something that you know nothing about. The hardest thing is to nail down a visual image to put on a title like that. The first thing we thought of was a forest in grey or black. Soundgarden has always been associated with images of flowers and lush colors and this was the opposite. It still seemed organic but it was very dark and cold ... I was into those stories as a kid where forests were full of evil and scary things as opposed to being happy gardens that you go camping in." In a 1994 Pulse! magazine interview, Cornell said that the inspiration for the album's title came from his misreading of a video entitled Superclown. He added, "I thought it was a cool title. I'd never heard it before, never saw it before, and it inspired me." The album also saw a limited release on 12" colored vinyl (blue, orange, and clear), as a double-LP in a gatefold sleeve. The album's title 'SUPERUNKNOWN' is sometimes displayed with the "UNKNOWN" as semi upside down and reversed lettering (stylized as "SUPER∩ИKИOMИ").
On May 25, 2017, photographer Kevin Westenberg revealed the full photo from the cover for the first time on his Instagram account.
Superunknown was Soundgarden's breakout album, earning the band international recognition. Upon its release in March 1994, Superunknown debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart,and eventually closed the year as the 13th best-selling album of 1994, with 2.5 million copies sold. The album Superunknown has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States, three times platinum in Canada, and gold in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
Superunknown has sold around 9 million copies worldwide,with 3,900,000 in the United States. The album spawned the EP Songs from the Superunknown and the CD-ROM Alive in the Superunknown, both released in 1995.
The 20th-anniversary reissue of "Superunknown" was made available in two deluxe versions. The Deluxe Edition was a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition was a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc is the album mixed in Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Surround Sound. The Super Deluxe Edition was packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork designed by Josh Graham. It also featured never-before-seen band photography by Kevin Westerberg. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 vinyl tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket was also made available. In addition, the Superunknown singles and associated b-sides with newly interpreted artwork sleeves by Josh Graham was reissued on Record Store Day, 19 April 2014, as a set of five limited-edition 10-inch vinyl records."
|Christgau's Consumer Guide||A−|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|
|Los Angeles Times|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|
Superunknown received positive reviews. Q said, "Soundgarden dealt in unreconstructed heavy rock: a heavy guitar sound, depth-charge drumming ... Yet Superunknown also includes more measured moments". Rolling Stone magazine's J. D. Considine was impressed by the record's range and, despite criticizing "Black Hole Sun" and "Half", he said "at its best, Superunknown offers a more harrowing depiction of alienation and despair than anything on In Utero ". Jon Pareles of The New York Times credited the band with trying to transcend conventional heavy metal: "Superunknown actually tries to broaden its audience by breaking heavy-metal genre barriers that Soundgarden used to accept." In Entertainment Weekly , David Browne wrote, "Soundgarden is pumped and primed on Superunknown, and they deliver the goods." He praised it as a "hard-rock milestone – a boiling vat of volcanic power, record-making smarts, and '90s anomie and anxiety that sets a new standard for anything called metal." Ann Powers from Blender said that "guitarist Thayil helps create the stoner-rock template", and that it "stands as Soundgarden's masterpiece". Village Voice critic Robert Christgau, who had "mocked" Soundgarden's "conceptual pretentions for years", still felt their foredooming, pessimistic lyrics lacked much substance, but said they had improved composing, arranging, and producing on an album that was "easily the best—most galvanizing, kinetic, sensational, catchy—Zep rip in history". In a retrospective review, AllMusic editor Steve Huey wrote, "It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition." It received a nomination in the Best Rock Album category for the 1995 Grammy Awards.
"We were listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam just like everybody else," remarked Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell, "and especially to Soundgarden – the Superunknown record. That was the record that we referenced in terms of the sonics and the mood of it when making Slang ."
The critical acclaim garnered by Superunknown has led to its inclusion in many lists of the greatest albums.
|The Village Voice||United States||Pazz & Jop: Greatest Albums of 1994.||1994||11|
|Spin||United States||"Top 20 Albums of 1994"||1994||17|
|"Top 90 Albums of the 90s"||1999||70|
|"125 Best Albums of the last 25 Years"||2012||90|
|Rolling Stone||United States||"Best Albums of 1994"||1995||3|
|"The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time"||2003||336|
|"The 100 Greatest Albums of the 90s"||2011||38|
|Muziekkrant OOR||Netherlands||"The 100 Best Albums of 1991–1995"||1995||49|
|Alternative Press||United States||"The 90 Greatest Albums of the 90s"||1998||18|
|Kerrang!||United Kingdom||"100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"||1998||70|
|Pause & Play||United States||"The 90s Top 100 Essential Albums"||1999||11|
|Rock Hard||Germany||"The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time"||2005||304|
|Loudwire||United States||"10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 1994" list.||2014||3|
|Guitar World : 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994||2014|
|1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die||2005|
The band began touring in January 1994 in Oceania and Japan,areas where the record came out early. The band had never toured these regions before. This round of touring ended in February 1994, and then in March 1994 the band moved on to Europe. The band were to join a 20-date co-headline American tour with Nine Inch Nails in April/May, but had to cancel, but continued with a headlining theater tour on May 27, 1994. The opening acts were Tad and Eleven. In late 1994, after touring in support of Superunknown, doctors discovered that Cornell had severely strained his vocal cords. Soundgarden cancelled several more shows to avoid causing any permanent damage. Cornell said, "I think we kinda overdid it! We were playing five or six nights a week and my voice pretty much took a beating. Towards the end of the American tour I felt like I could still kinda sing, but I wasn't really giving the band a fair shake. You don't buy a ticket to see some guy croak for two hours! That seemed like kind of a rip off." The band made up the dates later in 1995.
All tracks written by Chris Cornell, except where noted.
|1.||"Let Me Drown"||3:51|
|2.||"My Wave"||Cornell, Kim Thayil||5:12|
|3.||"Fell on Black Days"||4:42|
|6.||"Head Down"||Ben Shepherd||Shepherd||6:08|
|7.||"Black Hole Sun"||5:18|
|9.||"Limo Wreck"||Cameron, Thayil||5:47|
|10.||"The Day I Tried to Live"||5:19|
|12.||"Fresh Tendrils"||Cornell, Cameron||Cameron||4:16|
|13.||"4th of July"||5:08|
|LP and international CD bonus track|
|16.||"She Likes Surprises"||3:20|
|2014 deluxe edition disc 2 (Demos, Rehearsals, B-Sides & More)|
|1.||"Let Me Drown" (Demo)|
|2.||"Black Hole Sun" (Demo)|
|4.||"Head Down" (Rehearsal)|
|5.||"Limo Wreck" (Rehearsal)|
|6.||"The Day I Tried To Live" (Rehearsal)|
|7.||"Like Suicide" (Acoustic Version)|
|8.||"Black Days III" (Originally titled 'Fell on Black Days (Demo)')|
|9.||"Birth Ritual" (Demo)|
|11.||"Kyle Petty, Son of Richard"|
|12.||"Jerry Garcia's Finger"|
|13.||"Spoonman" (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)|
|14.||"The Day I Tried to Live" (Alternate Mix)|
|15.||"4th of July" (Instrumental)|
|2014 super deluxe edition disc 2 (B-Sides)|
|1.||"The Day I Tried to Live" (Alternate Mix)||5:27|
|2.||"Spoonman" (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)||5:21|
|3.||"Beyond the Wheel" (Live)||5:50|
|4.||"Fell on Black Days" (Live)||4:51|
|5.||"Birth Ritual" (Demo)||5:51|
|6.||"Jesus Christ Pose" (Live)||7:10|
|7.||"Like Suicide" (Acoustic Version)||6:13|
|9.||"My Wave" (Live)||4:28|
|10.||"Spoonman" (Steve Fisk Remix)||6:58|
|12.||"Kyle Petty, Son of Richard"||4:07|
|13.||"Black Days III" (Originally titled 'Fell on Black Days (Demo)')||4:03|
|14.||"Ghostmotorfinger" (Originally titled 'Motorcycle Loop (Short Version)')||1:33|
|15.||"Jerry Garcia's Finger"||3:25|
|16.||"Fell on Black Days" (Video Version - Alternate Mix)||5:28|
|2014 super deluxe edition disc 3 (Demos)|
|1.||"Let Me Drown" (Demo)||4:11|
|2.||"Fell on Black Days" (Demo)||4:54|
|4.||"Black Hole Sun" (Demo)||5:39|
|6.||"Fresh Tendrils" (Demo)||3:48|
|7.||"4th of July" (Demo)||5:07|
|9.||"Like Suicide" (Demo)||9:11|
|2014 super deluxe edition disc 4 (Rehearsals)|
|1.||"Black Hole Sun" (Rehearsal)||5:47|
|2.||"Bing Bing Goes to Church" (Rehearsal)||2:05|
|3.||"Half (Instrumentally)" (Rehearsal)||3:42|
|4.||"Head Down" (Rehearsal)||5:27|
|5.||"Kyle Petty, Son of Richard" (Rehearsal)||3:30|
|6.||"Let Me Drown" (Rehearsal)||3:55|
|7.||"Limo Wreck" (Rehearsal)||5:43|
|8.||"My Wave" (Rehearsal)||4:36|
|9.||"Fresh Tendrils" (Rehearsal)||4:20|
|10.||"Like Suicide" (Rehearsal)||6:49|
|11.||"Ruff Riff-Raff" (Rehearsal)||3:43|
|13.||"The Date I Tried To Leave" (Rehearsal)||2:20|
|14.||"The Day I Tried To Live" (Rehearsal)||6:03|
|2014 super deluxe edition disc 5 (Superunknown Blu-ray 5.1 Audio)|
|1.||"Let Me Drown" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|2.||"My Wave" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|3.||"Fell on Black Days" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|4.||"Mailman" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|5.||"Superunknown" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|6.||"Head Down" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|7.||"Black Hole Sun" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|8.||"Spoonman" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|9.||"Limo Wreck" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|10.||"The Day I Tried To Live" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|11.||"Kickstand" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|12.||"Fresh Tendrils" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|13.||"4th of July" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|14.||"Half" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|15.||"Like Suicide" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
|16.||"She Likes Surprises" (Blu-ray Audio 5.1 Mix)|
Although the album's singles featured quite a few B-sides, only "Exit Stonehenge" (from the "Spoonman" single) was sourced from the Superunknown recording sessions in 1993. "Cold Bitch" (also from "Spoonman") was recorded during the Badmotorfinger recording sessions in 1991, "Kyle Petty, Son of Richard" and "Motorcycle Loop" (both from the "Fell on Black Days" single) were recorded by Stuart Hallerman at Avast Studios in Seattle in 1994. "Kyle Petty, Son of Richard" was later featured on the 1996 Home Alive compilation. "Tighter & Tighter", "No Attention", and "An Unkind", all of which later appeared on the band's 1996 album, Down on the Upside , were attempted during the Superunknown recording sessions.Cameron said that the band wasn't pleased with the recording of "No Attention" that came out of the sessions. An instrumental entitled "Ruff Riff-Raff" and a light-hearted song called "Bing Bing Goes to Church" were recorded at album rehearsals but were presumably not recorded during the Superunknown recording sessions. Both were released in 2014 on the 20th anniversary Super Deluxe edition.
20th anniversary re-release
|Canada Albums ( Billboard )||22|
|US Digital Albums ( Billboard )||9|
|US Hard Rock Albums ( Billboard )||2|
|US Top Catalog Albums ( Billboard )||1|
|US Top Rock Albums ( Billboard )||5|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
| US |
| US Main || US Mod || AUS || CAN || FRA || GER || IRE || FIN || NLD || NZ || SWE || UK |
|"The Day I Tried to Live"||—||13||25||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||42|
|"Black Hole Sun"||24||1||2||6||5||10||26||7||13||3||22||19||12|
|"Fell on Black Days"||54||4||13||—||66||—||—||14||10||45||—||—||24|
|"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||3× Platinum||300,000^|
|Sweden (GLF)||2× Platinum||80,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||5× Platinum||3,900,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
Ultramega OK is the debut studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on October 31, 1988 by SST Records. Following the release of the EPs Screaming Life (1987) and Fopp (1988), both for the Sub Pop record label, Soundgarden signed with SST and went to work on their debut full-length. The resulting album contained elements of heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and hardcore punk. The band supported the album with a tour of the United States, as well as its first overseas tour.
Badmotorfinger is the third studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on September 24, 1991, through A&M Records. Soundgarden began the recording sessions for the album with new bassist Ben Shepherd in the spring of 1991. The album maintained the band's heavy metal sound while featuring an increased focus on songwriting as compared with the band's previous releases. AllMusic considered the album's music to be "surprisingly cerebral and arty"; alternative tunings and abnormal time signatures were present on several of the album's songs, and lyrics were intended to be ambiguous and create imagery.
Down on the Upside is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Soundgarden, released on May 21, 1996, through A&M Records. It is the band's third album with bassist Ben Shepherd. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Superunknown (1994), Soundgarden commenced work on a new album. Self-produced by the band, the music on the album was notably less heavy and dark than the group's preceding albums and featured the band experimenting with other sounds.
A-Sides is a compilation album by the American rock band Soundgarden with songs spanning the band's thirteen-year career. It was released on November 4, 1997, through A&M Records.
Songs from the Superunknown is an EP by the American rock band Soundgarden. It was released on November 21, 1995, through A&M Records. It was released on the same day as the CD-ROM Alive in the Superunknown.
Matthew David Cameron is an American musician who currently serves as the drummer for Pearl Jam. After getting his start with the Seattle, Washington-based bands Bam Bam and Skin Yard, he first gained fame as the drummer for Soundgarden, which he joined in 1986, appeared on every studio album, and remained in until the band's break-up in 1997. In 1998, Cameron was invited to play on Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour. He soon became a permanent member and has remained in the band ever since. In 2010, Soundgarden reunited, and Cameron remained with them until the death of Soundgarden's lead singer Chris Cornell on May 18, 2017.
"Black Hole Sun" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, the song was released in 1994 as the third single from the band's fourth studio album Superunknown (1994). It is arguably the band's most recognizable and most popular song, and remains a well known song from the 1990s. The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of seven weeks at number one. Despite peaking at number two on the Modern Rock Tracks, "Black Hole Sun" still finished as the number-one track of 1994 for that chart. It failed to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart due to the rules of a physical/commercial release of the single at the time, but it still peaked at number 24 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and number nine on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song was included on Soundgarden's 1997 greatest hits album A-Sides and also appeared on the 2010 compilation album Telephantasm.
"Spoonman" is a song by American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Spoonman" was released on February 15, 1994 as the first single from the band's fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). "Spoonman" is often credited as one of the songs that launched Soundgarden's career into the mainstream. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number nine on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. A remixed version of the song by Steve Fisk appears on the "Black Hole Sun" and "My Wave" singles. The song was included on Soundgarden's 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides and the 2010 compilation album Telephantasm.
"Outshined" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Outshined" was released in 1991 as the second single from the band's third studio album, Badmotorfinger (1991). The song was included on Soundgarden's 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides, the 2010 compilation album, Telephantasm and the live album Live on I-5.
"My Wave" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Featuring lyrics written by frontman Chris Cornell and music co-written by Cornell and guitarist Kim Thayil, "My Wave" was released in 1994 as the fourth single from the band's fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
"Fell on Black Days" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Fell on Black Days" was released as the fifth single from the band's fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was included on Soundgarden's 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides and the 2010 compilation Telephantasm as the Superunknown version on the single disk version and the video version on the Deluxe Edition.
Michael Beinhorn is an American musician and record producer. He works primarily with bands in the alternative rock and rock genres, having produced multiple albums for the bands Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole, Violent Femmes and Marilyn Manson.
The discography of Soundgarden, an American rock band, consists of six studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, eight extended plays, 24 singles and 23 music videos.
"Bleed Together" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Bleed Together" was first released in the United States on Soundgarden's post-breakup greatest hits album, A-Sides (1997). It had previously appeared as a B-side on some foreign copies of the band's 1996 single, "Burden in My Hand". It was released as a single in November 1997 in support of A-Sides, and was the first single released by Soundgarden, after the band's breakup in April 1997. The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Telephantasm is a compilation album by the American rock band Soundgarden. Featuring songs that span 23 years of the band's career, it was released on September 28, 2010, through A&M Records. The album was certified platinum by RIAA after its first day of retail availability based on the one million discs that were included in packages for the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
"Black Rain" is a single by the American rock band Soundgarden, featuring lyrics written by frontman Chris Cornell and music written by bassist Ben Shepherd and guitarist Kim Thayil. The single debuted at number 24 and number 14 on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart and the US Billboard Rock Songs chart respectively in August 2010. It is also Soundgarden's only song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #96. The song appears on the compilation album Telephantasm and on the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and Guitar Hero Live. It was the first single that Soundgarden had released since 1997.
King Animal is the sixth and final studio album by American rock band Soundgarden. It was released on November 13, 2012, by Seven Four Entertainment and Republic Records in the United States, and by Vertigo Records in the rest of the world. Produced by both the band and Adam Kasper, the album is the band's first in sixteen years, and the first not to be released on A&M Records since 1988's Ultramega OK. However, Republic, Vertigo and A&M are all owned by Universal Music Group. It is also Soundgarden's final studio album to be released before the death of frontman Chris Cornell in 2017, and the subsequent dissolution of the band.