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Named after a Seattle park pipe sculpture that makes howling sounds in the wind, Soundgarden was the first Seattle group under the grunge umbrella to sign to a major record label. However, the band had humble beginnings. Early in their career, Soundgarden released a number of recordings under Sub Pop and other indie labels, before signing to A&M Records in 1988. Their 1991 album Badmotorfinger sold well and eventually went platinum, but it was a few more years before Soundgarden found huge commercial success with 1994's Superunknown, driven by the hugely popular single "Black Hole Sun" and other classics like "Spoonman" and "Fell On Black Days". The follow up album, Down On The Upside, was released in 1996 and entered the Billboard 200 at #2.

In 1997, after 12 years together, the band made the unexpected announcement that they were going to split. Since then singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron have been involved in the most high-profile projects as members of Audioslave and Pearl Jam respectively.


Band members

Chris Cornell vocals, guitar
Kim Thayil guitar
Ben Shepherd bass
Matt Cameron drums Recommends:

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User comments

Posted by Andrew Holmes from THE GLORIUS UK (6th September 2012)
Soundgarden Are BEAST

They're back!
Posted by Jon from UK (21st November 2010)
Thought I'd mention that Soundgarden have reformed! Gotta see them in concert!!!

Soundgarden Man:)
Posted by Gibnausia from Me (8th December 2004)
Tha band started out in 1985 and emerged from the underground scene when 'Badmotorfinger' was released. Although they had witnessed some success it wasnt until 'Superunknown' came to be that they were propelled into Legendary status. The band split in '97.

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