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.
When Soundgarden Planted Seeds for a Long-Awaited Reunion
They teased a comeback 13 years after a disastrous final '90s-era show.
5 Reasons Soundgarden Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Seattle grunge band helped define a sound in the '90s.
Leaving Last Soundgarden Album Unfinished Is ‘Ridiculous’
Guitarist looks forward to receiving files of vocals Chris Cornell recorded before his death.
Judas Priest, Soundgarden and MC5 React to Rock Hall Nomination
Members discuss appearance on 2020 list alongside Doobie Brothers, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy and others.
Doobies, Judas Priest, Soundgarden Lead New Rock Hall Nominations
The 35th annual induction ceremony will be held May 2, 2020 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.
Chris Cornell's Widow Says Fake Movie Part of Harassment Campaign
"I'm sorry," Vicky Cornell says, "to the fans who were misled."
Soundgarden Members in Struggle to Complete Unfinished Album
Kim Thayil says trio is being denied access to recordings made before Chris Cornell’s death.
Tom Petty, Soundgarden Lawyers Launch Lawsuit over Universal Fire
Class-action claim seeks more than half of label’s insurance payments as result of 2008 blaze.
When Soundgarden Got Ambitious With 'Down on the Upside'
'Superunknown' made them stars. Then they got even more experimental.
Soundgarden to Release 'Live From the Artists Den'
Los Angeles concert was recorded in 2013.