Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages



27 articles


Soundgarden: Sonic Boom Boys

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 11 February 1989

Soundgarden are in the business of mocking metal's demonic conventions. But their humour goes hand in glove with a homage to rock heritage. Roy Wilkinson watches ...

Soundgarden: 'Kashmir — I Always Thought It Was A Type Of Sweater'

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Sounds, 13 May 1989

SOUNDGARDEN's mutant rock springs from a post-punk mentality planted deep in trad metal. ROY WILKINSON watches them break the mould, and snaps the sonic diggers ...

Mudhoney, Soundgarden: School of African and Oriental Studies, London

Live Review by Push, Melody Maker, 20 May 1989

THERE'S NO containing the capricious belligerence of Seattle's Soundgarden. Vocalist Chris Cornell — part monkey, part Adonis and all of a doodah — is stripped ...

Soundgarden: The Mutate Gallery

Profile and Interview by Everett True, Melody Maker, 10 June 1989


Soundgarden: Sex and Guns and Rock 'N' Roll

Report and Interview by Push, Melody Maker, 7 October 1989

"WE SIGNED WITH A&M about eight months ago, at around the same time our Ultramega OK album was released by SST. We'd been talking to ...

Soundgarden, Silverfish, Swervedriver: Astoria, London

Live Review by Barbara Ellen, New Musical Express, 21 July 1990

ARRIVING HALF way through Swervedriver's set I canter expectantly to the front hungry for my first encounter with Thrash Metal Sub Hardcore Pop Noise. I ...

Fertile Ground: Soundgarden

Profile and Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 August 1991

MIXING ENGINEER Ron St. Germain stands at a tape machine in a Tarzana studio, twisting the reels by hand until he creates the perfect space ...

Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (A&M/All formats)

Review by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 21 September 1991

TWO YEARS ago, Seattle's Soundgarden were poised for a big-time putsch very similar to Nirvana's impending success story. A&M had spotted the obvious sales potential ...

Soundgarden: Daylight Shrubbery

Interview by Push, Melody Maker, 5 October 1991

With their Badmotorfinger LP being hailed as a classic, SOUNDGARDEN tell PUSH that this is their time ...

Blowing Eardrums And Blowing Minds: Soundgarden

Profile and Interview by Christine Natanael, Reflex, December 1991

GNASHING, SUBTERRANEAN youth culture on the verge of intellectual upheaval, coming to awareness in late '70s decadence, and coming of age in the post-anarcho-punk revolution, ...

Soundgarden: Nitro Grunge From Garage Heaven

Interview by Mark Petracca, Cover, January 1992

SO THERE I was in all my silly repute. Yet another late night rock and roll escapade. Same setup: Introduce the magazine, ask some questions, ...

Soundgarden: Camden Underworld, London

Live Review by Everett True, Melody Maker, 21 March 1992

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP, swallow swallow grimace. The sound of a music journalist eating his own words. Good job my writing's normally so tasteful. Yum. Gobble ...

Soundgarden: Gardeners' World

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 4 April 1992

LIFE FOR SEATTLE grungemeisters Soundgarden has changed dramatically in the last 12 months. Going from self-confessed underdogs to playing arenas to crowd hysteria while supporting ...

Soundgarden: Gardeners' World

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 4 April 1992

Life for Seattle grungemeisters SOUNDGARDEN has changed dramatically in the last 12 months. Going from self-confessed underdogs to playing arenas to crowd hysteria while supporting Guns N' ...

Soundgarden: Whole Allotment O'Love

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, 11 April 1992

Sweet soil music! Somewhere between the excess of Heavy Metal and the austerity of alternative rock — in Seattle, in other words — lie SOUNDGARDEN, ...

Seattle: Grunge City

Report and Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, 16 April 1992

For real rockers Seattle is the ultimate wet dream. By Michael Azerrad ...

Soundgarden: Horticulture-Shock

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Melody Maker, 6 June 1992

Soundgarden provide proof positive that you can be a successful metal band without being sexist and racist dickheads. Seattle's finest have already conquered the US ...

'Looza Takes All

Report by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 8 August 1992

The LOLLAPALOOZA II festival winds its way around America with a bill as exotic as its name. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ministry and Pearl Jam ...

Soundgarden: Down On The Upside

Review by Johnny Cigarettes, New Musical Express, 18 May 1996

WHEN THEIR CHILDREN ask what they did in the grunge cred wars of the early '90s, Soundgarden will claim that they were conscientious objectors. ...

Soundgarden: The Think Tank

Interview by Paul Elliott, Select, June 1996

Soundgarden's Chris Cornell muses on alcohol, nuns and The Presidents of The United States of America. ...

Soundgarden: Apollo, Manchester

Live Review by Neil Kulkarni, Melody Maker, 28 September 1996

PERFECT. AS only the superficial can be. ...

Soundgarden: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Paul Moody, New Musical Express, 5 October 1996


Soundgarden: A-Sides

Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, 22 November 1997

IT SEEMS LIKE Soundgarden's rich and fruitful career falls into two distinctive camps, reflected quite clearly on this, their first post-split release. ...

Chris Cornell: An Interview

Interview by Pete Makowski, unpublished, Spring 2011

NOTE: This is an uncut version of an interview I did with Chris Cornell in Los Angeles in Spring 2011 for MOJO. Soundgarden had reformed ...

Soundgarden: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 11 November 2012

A HOT TICKET and a guaranteed sell-out, this rare intimate show by recently reformed Seattle veterans Soundgarden was essentially a launch party for the band's ...

Soundgarden: Beast Kings of NY

Report and Interview by Alan Light, MOJO, February 2013

NOTE: This is Alan's "Director's Cut" version of the piece that ran in MOJO. ...

The 'Black Hole Sun' Also Rises: Soundgarden's Superunknown At 20

Retrospective by Juliette Jagger, Huffington Post, 13 March 2014

BY EARLY 1994, Grunge had already changed the mainstream musical landscape forever. At the decade's onset, the success of albums such as Nirvana's Nevermind and ...


back to LIBRARY