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Old January 3 2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Soundgarden reunites after 12-year hiatus

Per Chris Cornell's Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as the new Web site soundgardenworld.com, Soundgarden is reuniting after a 12-year break. following a pretty messy break-up for the band .

I guess Cornell has realized that he can't have a career as a rock singer if he wants to do retarded things like make records with Timbaland.

I'm cautiously optimistic about this. Cornell's voice, which got rocky near the end of Soundgarden and was downright awful on Audioslave's first album, has been as great as it ever was now that he's been sober for quite some time (quitting whiskey and cigarettes does that for you, I suppose), though his creative output in the last few years has been ... marginal. I personally enjoyed Carry On, but Scream was an unmitigated disaster.

Thoughts on one of the biggest grunge bands in history reuniting?
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Old January 3 2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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I liked Soundgarden (and grunge in general) just fine when I was an angry 19 year old and the world sucked, but truthfully, I can't stand listening to that music at all these days. I find myself listening to classic rock (I'm really into the Allman Brother Band right now) or hair metal as a guilty pleasure, but very little stuff produced after 1990 gets any play time on my iPod to be honest.
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Old January 3 2010, 08:57 PM   #3
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Grunge. Soundgarden was closer in style to Black Sabbath than Nirvana.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:01 PM   #4
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This is fantastic news, Soundgarden are one of my favourite bands of all time.

It's been quite a good few years, with the reformation of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and Faith No More amongst quite a few more, many of my favourite bands from the 90s are back together and recording again. Next year should be a good year for big rock releases. STP's new LP lands in the spring, AICs amazing new album is already out, and I have little doubt that Soundgarden and FNM will go beyond a reformation tour and will actually make a new record.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:03 PM   #5
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Frankly the only grunge I can really stand anymore is Alice in Chains's 2nd album, Dirt.

Not very enthusiastic about Soundgarden getting back together.

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Grunge. Soundgarden was closer in style to Black Sabbath than Nirvana.
And?
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Old January 3 2010, 09:06 PM   #6
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Soundgarden and AIC are both just metal/hard rock bands as far as I am concerned. I agree with T'Baio that the grunge title really just doesn't fit very much of their work at all.

I find it quite odd that people refer to AIC, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam as the big 4 of grunge, none of those bands sound even remotely like each other.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:12 PM   #7
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Grunge is a big category, and has to do with more than just the way the music sounded. It was an entire scene.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:16 PM   #8
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Soundgarden and AIC are both just metal/hard rock bands as far as I am concerned. I agree with T'Baio that the grunge title really just doesn't fit very much of their work at all.

I find it quite odd that people refer to AIC, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam as the big 4 of grunge, none of those bands sound even remotely like each other.
Exactly. Alice in Chains and Soundgarden are metal bands. Hell, Soundgarden almost devolved into pop-rock on the last record or two. Pearl Jam is purely just a straight ahead rock and roll band. Nirvana's basically just punk. Grunge was originally used to describe bands like Mudhoney and Green River and Tad, by Mark Arm, and few of the popular bands that got stuck with the label sounded remotely like "grunge."
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Old January 3 2010, 09:19 PM   #9
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Grunge is a big category, and has to do with more than just the way the music sounded. It was an entire scene.
Eh, that scene had died and been warped into a mass marketable fashion phenomenon by the time any of those bands achieved any real popularity.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:21 PM   #10
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Chaos Descending wrote: View Post
Grunge is a big category, and has to do with more than just the way the music sounded. It was an entire scene.
It's not that big, some bands just got tossed in there since they released their debut album from 1990-1993 and weren't "metal" or "pop" so they just got shoehorned in there.

Grunge is

Nirvana
Pearl Jam
Alice In Chains
Melvins
Mudhoney
Green River
Screaming Trees
Soundgarden
Stone Temple Pilots

STP barely belong in that grouping. And Soundgarden was always more Hard Rock than Grunge IMO

Then you get bands like Foo Fighters, who are an awesome "Rock" band getting unfairly called "post-grunge" making Dave Grohl sad.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:23 PM   #11
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@ pingfah: I don't know about that. I lived in the Puget Sound area (general area of Seattle, WA where Grunge began) for a time in the early and mid 90's, and the scene seemed alive and well.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:34 PM   #12
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^ Perhps, but those "grunge" bands we are talking about here were off touring the world, selling squillions of albums and developing their sound into something entirely different to the music we were hearing in the very late 80s and early 90s.
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Old January 3 2010, 09:42 PM   #13
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I really only got into Soundgarden with their last two albums before the break-up, and I always kind of thought of the bands they were associated with, they were the most groove heavy (I'm thinking of tracks like "Let Me Drown," "Mailman," "Spoonman," and "Pretty Noose" in particular). Superunknown was one of my favorite albums of the '90s...
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Old January 3 2010, 10:35 PM   #14
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I just saw STP live a month ago, and this news makes me happy and hopeful I might get to see Soundgarden in the flesh at some point.

In Cornell's defence he essentially wrote that album on a weekend hanging out with Timbaland as a "why the hell not", it wasn't meant to be representative of the direction of his career. And yeah I was not a fan of that record either, I liked maybe one song.
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Old January 4 2010, 01:00 AM   #15
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I was too stunned to have any reaction other than "!!!!!!!!" when I first caught this on Facebook. Now I'm cautiosly very optimistic. I hope the other dudes can get some sense into CC and get him rocking like he should be again.

If they don't come to Australia I will cry for days!
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