Top 27 Soundgarden Band Facts

1- Lead guitarist Kim Thayil’s parents come from the Kerala province in southern India.

2- Kim Thayil met Chris Cornell when they were roommates in Seattle. Thayil was studying philosophy at the University of Washington

3- Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

4- Soundgarden were pioneers of the grunge music genre,  which mixed elements of punk rock and metal to make a sludgy, murky sound through the use of fuzzy-sounding distortion in the guitars

5- They jumped to the legendary punk label SST for their first full-length album, Ultramega O.K. (1988)

6- VH1 ranked Soundgarden at number 14 in their special 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

7-  Bassist Ben Shepherd worked in manual labor after high school and entered the grunge scene when he worked as a roadie for Nirvana.

8- “Soundgarden are quite good…” remarked Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, “It’s very much like the same sort of stuff that we would have done.”[

9- The album was ‘Badmotorfinger’ and it came with the bonus cd ‘S.O.M.M.S.’ ‘S.O.M.M.S.’  which stands for Satan Oscillate My Metallic Sonatas and is palindrome sentence., which means its the same backwards and forwards.

10- ‘A Sound Garden’ is a pipe sculpture that stands in Sand Point Park in Seattle. Sounds are produced in the garden when air blows through the pipes

11- Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records in 1989)

12- The band’s second show ever was opening for Hüsker Dü and Melvins.

13- They were one of the earliest signees to the Grunge label, Sub Pop Records.

14- Artis the Spoonman was the muse behind Soundgarden’s hit song “Spoonman.” The lead single off the band’s massively popular effort Superunknown (1994), the tune netted Soundgarden a Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 1995. 

15- Joel McIver stated: “Soundgarden are one of the bands I’ve heard closest to the original Sabbath sound.”

16-  Soundgarden at number 14 in their special 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock

17- Cornell himself said: “When Soundgarden formed we were post-punk – pretty quirky. Then somehow we found this neo-Sabbath psychedelic rock that fitted well with who we were.”

18- Before forming Soundgarden, Hiro Yamamoto, Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil were in a cover band called The Shempsin Seattle.

19- The band’s first recordings were three songs that appeared on a compilation for C/Z Records called ‘Deep Six.’

20- Soundgarden is named after a pipe sculpture in Sand Point Park in Seattle. It makes howling noises in the wind.

21- Founding member Hiro Yamamoto earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Chemistry at Western Washington University

22- Lead singer Chris Cornell was really named Chris Boyle.

23- Soundgarden won two Grammy Awards in 1995—”Black Hole Sun” received the award for Best Hard Rock Performance and “Spoonman” received the award for Best Metal Performance

24- Soundgarden won 2 Grammy awards.

25- Soundgarden is one of the bands credited with the development of the genre of alternative metal

26- In 2017, Metal Injection ranked Soundgarden at number three on their list of 10 Heaviest Grunge Bands

27- Two singles from Superunknown, “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”, won Grammy Awards, and the music video for “Black Hole Sun” won a MTV Video Music Award and a Clio Award. 




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