While Soundgarden never escaped the grunge tag they were saddled with in the ‘90s, they at least transcended it in part by being one of the genre’s most adventurous groups. They formed in Seattle in the late ‘80s with a steady influence of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin riding their grooves. With Chris Cornell’s banshee wail guiding a sludgy mix of music inspired as much by classic rock as punk, Soundgarden began making waves with their 1991 album, ‘Badmotorfinger,’ which helped usher in alternative rock’s loud, guitar-based sound (along with fellow Seattle residents Nirvana and Pearl Jam). But it was 1994’s ‘Superunknown,’ their only No. 1 album, that catapulted them to success with its super-ambitious mix of hard-rock crunch lined with psychedelic shadings. They broke up after 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside,’ reuniting in 2012 with a new album and tour.
What Soundgarden's Members Have Done Since Chris Cornell's Death
Bandmates have remained busy over the years, while also eyeing a possible final album.
Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam Members Form New Band
Listen to the debut album from 3rd Secret.
Hear Melvins Cover Soundgarden's 'Spoonman' With Matt Cameron
Cover appears on trio's new 'Lord of the Flies' EP.
How Soundgarden Gave Hard Rock a Face-Lift on 'Badmotorfinger'
Band's 1991 breakthrough LP linked Black Sabbath and the upcoming grunge revolution.
Soundgarden Regain Temporary Control of Website and Social Media
Ownership transfers back to surviving band members after legal dispute.
25 Years Ago: Metallica Channel Soundgarden on 'Until It Sleeps'
Lead single from 'Load' took a page from grunge band's playbook.
Vicky Cornell Predicts Final Soundgarden Album Will Be Released
She says “all of Chris’ music” will come out in time, despite dispute over unfinished record.
Chris Cornell Tribute Show ‘Awkward’ for Soundgarden
Guitarist Kim Thayil still glad that they regrouped after singer’s death.
Chris Cornell's Seattle Statue Has Been Vandalized
Memorial to the Soundgarden singer outside the Museum of Pop Culture was covered in a white substance.