The last year or so has seen the world lose some truly inspirational artists. From Prince to Lemmy to Bowie, and yesterday, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. I’ve always held a great fondness for Soundgarden. My introduction came back in the early 90s via Kerrang magazine. Kerrang released a double album featuring a hoard of metal and rock talent. Amongst the best tracks was Jesus Christ Pose by Soundgarden. I was immediately drawn to the crunching yet melodic guitar tone, but it was the voice that sold me. Cornell was a soulful singer, a man blessed with a fantastic set of pipes, a true one-off and I loved his delivery. My love of Soundgarden developed from there. I soon purchased Superunknown-my favourite album of theirs, an album perhaps best known for the chart topping track Black Hole Sun, but for me the standout was The Day I Tried to Live. A superb song from an album I still revisit on a regular basis. The follow-up, Down on the Upside was a more polished release, but still featured more than its share of great tunes: Pretty Noose, Blow Up the Outside World were grade A stadium anthems, but it was the tracks, No Attention and Boot Camp that I really enjoyed. I also dig Audioslave, too, and Euphoria Morning is a great solo record by Cornell.
I was fortunate enough to see them in Manchester on the Down on the Upside tour. They played a great set that included a cover of The Doors, Waiting for the Sun. I hung around with my friends near the tour bus after and met the band, they were happy to sign our ticket stubs, pose for photos and it was a great end to the night.
Yesterday was a particularly sad day for this music fan. I grew up loving Grunge and Soundgarden were my band, Superunknown was my album. At only 52 years old, Cornell still had so much more to give. I hope he sleeps well knowing that his music will live on forever inside our hearts. What are your fond memories of Chris Cornell? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time. Look after yourselves, and each other.