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Soundgarden will always be viewed, first and foremost, as one of the four cornerstone bands of 1990s’ Grunge; but the Seattle-based quartet actually predated the movement and, as of late, transcended it, by successfully regrouping after a lengthy hiatus. The roots of Soundgarden date back to the mid-’80s, when guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto relocated from Chicago to Seattle (along with another friend, Bruce Pavitt, later to found the famed independent record label Sub Pop). Once there, the pair connected with local drummer, then vocalist, Chris Cornell and by 1986, Matt Cameron had assumed the new band’s drum stool. The following year saw Soundgarden’s debut single and EP released via the likewise newly launched Sub Pop, followed in late ’88 by the ‘Ultramega OK’ album, which later earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. By then, Soundgarden had signed a major label deal with A&M Records, put out 1989’s influential ‘Louder than Love’ album, replaced Yamamoto with bassist Ben Shepherd, and moved their sound beyond its SST-inspired hardcore origins towards a distinctive blend of heavy metal, indie, college and punk rock — all building blocks for Grunge. And then, once Nirvana’s paradigm-shifting arrival had catapulted the entire Seattle “scene” to mainstream status, Soundgarden went on to contributed two of the genre’s seminal works in 1991’s ‘Badmotorfinger’ and ’94’s ‘Superunknown,’ both of which shifted millions of copies worldwide. But the pressures of stardom and straight-up fatigue had clearly taken a toll on the band’s internal relationships and creative resources by the release of 1996’s lackluster ‘Down on the Upside,’ leading to the announcement of Soundgarden’s breakup in April of ’97. Cornell embarked on a solo career and later hooked up with 3/4 of Rage Against the Machine in Audioslave, while Cameron joined fellow Grunge starts Pearl Jam, and Thayil and Shephered busied themselves with lower profile side projects. Then, in 2010, the four men resurrected Soundgarden for selective touring and wound up recording a sixth studio album entitled ‘King Animal’ — all of which proved their talents and popularity remained intact for further adventures.

   
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Republic Records

Fans Document Soundgarden’s Return in New Book ‘Photofantasm’

'Photofantasm: Nudedragons to King Animal' is a visual volume created by Soundgarden fans for Soundgarden fans.

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Chris Cornell: Soundgarden ‘Already Working on New Material for an Album’

Rest assured Soundgarden fans, new music is on the 'to-do' list.

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Top 10 Soundgarden Songs [Watch]

What's your favorite Soundgarden song? In this video, we count down our picks for the band's Top 10 tracks.

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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Plans Acoustic Solo Album for Fall 2015

Chris Cornell, sans Soundgarden, will return in September with a solo acoustic album.

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Soundgarden Unearth Unreleased ‘Night Surf’ Video

Back in 1994, Soundgarden embarked on the Superunknown tour. Before they hit the stage, they played a bizarre short film.

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Republic Records

Soundgarden Aim to Release New Album in 2016

Soundgarden will begin writing once again after completing their current Australian Soundwave dates.

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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Offers Predictions for 2015 Oscars

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is letting fans know who he thinks will take home Oscars after Sunday night.

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Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil: Pearl Jam Was the Only Big Seattle Band That Didn’t ‘Borrow From Us’

In a new interview, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil takes ownership of the Seattle grunge guitar style.

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No Nirvana, No Pearl Jam, No Soundgarden: Radio Station Bans Seattle Bands Ahead of NFL Playoff

94.5 the Lake has announced their ‘Say No to Seattle’ campaign, during which they won’t play any music from bands who hail from Seattle.

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Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Talks ‘Echo of Miles’ Rarities Collection, Band’s Legacy + More

Soundgarden's Kim Thayil speaks with 'Loudwire Nights' host Full Metal Jackie about the band's epic 'Echo of Miles' rarities collection.

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