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.
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Band has settled yearslong legal dispute with late singer's widow.
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Jason Everman had already been kicked out of Kurt Cobain's band when new bombshell hit.
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The Seattle grunge band helped define a sound in the '90s.
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Guitarist admits he struggled to understand value of making shortlist.
How Soundgarden's 'King Animal' Marked a Comeback and a Farewell
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Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, Krist Novoselic and Taylor Momsen made appearance at Taylor Hawkins Tribute.
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.