Rest in Peace Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

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Today is truly a sad day.

I really don’t know what to say here. Chris Cornell is no longer with us. This news comes out of nowhere, right when Soundgarden were in the middle of a US tour.

I’ve been listening to Chris’ music ever since I started getting into metal. Badmotorfinger and Superunknown stood out to me as albums that were slow and heavy, but also melodic and well written. I’ve listened to the first Audioslave album quite a bit over the years as well, and it still holds up as a great rock album to crank while being on a long drive.

This is incredibly sad. Join me in remembering his unique voice, which will live on forever in the minds of the many people who were guided and comforted by it.

Rest in Peace Chris Cornell.

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  • Lacertilian

    Grew up hearing Soundgarden flat-out on the radio as a kid during the 90’s, Chris definitely was a huge part of their music standing out from the pack to me even then, Audioslave had some cool songs as well. This fucking sucks.
    Guess I’ll share a latter-day track that I think proves his versatility as both a writer and performer as this track was a little outside his usual domain, but I think he did really well to live up to the expectations of a performing a Bond song without sacrificing what he’s predominantly known for.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnzgdBAKyJo

    • I actually never knew this song was by him. Really, really good Bond song. Just listening to this makes me really want to watch Casino Royale again.

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      That’s a great one, man. As a huge fan of all of Chris’ work, as well as a James Bond nerd, I was so excited when I first heard this song when the movie came out. I already wrote a long post on FB about his death and what his music means to me, so I’ll write a shorter version here. Soundgarden changed my life forever, 14 year old me in 2004 hearing Badmotorfinger for the first time was a life-changing experience. It can arguably said it was the first metal album I bought. Those riffs are still some of the heaviest I’ve ever heard. Everything he has done, from SG and Temple of the Dog, to Audioslave and his solo material. Brilliant. We lost a great one. There won’t ever be another voice like his. This song always got me.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDjCcpiP0sg

      • Waynecro

        Pretty much that entire album always gets me.

  • Lone Biker of the Apocalypse

    RIP to a truly talented vocalist…I always thought this song (and RIFF!!!!) were one of the heaviest things I was exposed to in my pre-teen (just getting into music) life:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNh-iw7gsuI

    • Späm Bot

      Me too! What a a fucking chore it was finding any good music at all back in the day.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    15 year old me staying up late watching Rage on a Saturday night seeing the video for Jesus Christ Pose for the first time is a moment I still vividly remember. For mine Badmotorfinger was easily better than all of their contemporaries in the Seattle scene. Sad reacts only.

    • Howard Dean

      Soundgarden was never quite on the same level as Alice in Chains for me (no one in the alternative/grunge scene rivals AiC, in my opinion), but they were definitely right below them. I preferred the grunge stuff that was flavored metal.

      • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

        Wholeheartedly agree with you on AiC. The only grunge band that comes close to them is L7, in my opinion.

        Anyway, today I shall listen to Temple Of The Dog, because it is the best thing Cornell ever did

        • Óðinn

          Many music fans, including myself, didn’t like Alice in Chains at first. They used to really suck before they changed their sound to become a Grunge band. Then they did some good stuff.

          Objective, irrefutable evidence that Alice in Chains used to suck (and they also dressed funny):
          https://youtu.be/L-gx957MEO4

          • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

            That ain’t Alice In Chains, that is Alice N’ Chains, a completely different band that Layne was a part of during the mid-80s. Supposedly, he liked that band name so much he kept it for his new band, he just changed the “N'” for “In”

          • Óðinn

            Whatever it was, it sucked.

        • Óðinn
      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        My brother played Dirt that many times that it affected my opinion of AIC for many years. I can listen to them now though but when I was a teenager, it became torture.

    • NDG

      I hear that. 14 year old me watching Rage and coming across this track. I’m not really a Soundgarden fan but I’ve always thought this was heavy as fuck and it was definitely part of my formative teenage years:

      https://youtu.be/j0xosEFe8Ik

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        That would make us around the same age. I was probably 15 at the time. Where abouts are you from?

        • NDG

          I’m 41 now. Grew up mostly in country Vic. Towns like Kyabram, Shepparton, Bendigo, Wodonga. Spent a lot of time in Warrnambool and now live on the Surf Coast in Vicco.

      • Ted Nü-Djent ™

        I remember them having a grunge special one night

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Call me a pussy if you will, but my eyes actually got misty when I read the news…

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      Mine went far beyond misty. Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog was there for some great highs and major lows of my early adulthood. This news just makes me miss those highs and hurt from those lows all over again.

      • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

        Same man. Cried all morning.

    • Butts4Gutts

      YOU FUCKING PUSSY.

    • Doc Torluv

      Nah. Loss is forever. Kinda hard not to get choked up when someone you love or admire goes away.

    • Gromit Burger

      Same here. Had I been alone, I might have balled my eyes out so I had to pull the “got something in my eye” trick at work

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    RIP to a great. Badmotorfinger and Superunknown were vital albums to teen me, even if they came out a few years before.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    RIP. I’ll have to bust out my copy of King Animal.

  • I cannot say I was ever a fan of his music on a personal level. But, I found myself moved hearing about his death on NPR this morning. Never quite realized how many of his songs I knew. Quite sad.

    GL

    • KJM = MJK

      I was already in my mid 20s and a committed Sabbath fan by the time Soundgarden was a thing, so they didn’t have as great an impact on me as they did on many here.

  • Butts4Gutts

    This stuff always makes me go back and listen to my favorite artists/bands that are still around as if I’m preparing myself for their inevitable, sudden departure.

  • Doc Torluv

    Can’t pretend I was a fan, but I’ll never deny his amazing talent. RIP and condolences to family, friends, and bandmates.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    RIP Jesus Christ Pose Man

  • Jeremy Riegel

    I’m certainly in the minority on this, but I believe Down on the Upside to be their masterpiece. 16 tracks, no filler. Boot Camp is a gut punch of a closing track, and it hurts even more given today’s news. R.I.P. Chris.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQiS6ml0eDo

    • Waynecro

      Dude, “Boot Camp” kills me whenever I hear it. To me, It’s always been a stand-out track on an amazing album.

  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    FELL ON BLACK DAYS

  • He was really a complete singer, could carry a tune with the best of them, had a great sense of melody and wrote powerful lyrics. 4th of July is a pop doom song and only a seasoned metalhead would know that.
    https://youtu.be/EU4L6THYAbM

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      One of my all time favorite songs. Regardless of genre.

    • Gromit Burger

      Amazing song. Incredibly heavy and doomy yet they manage to not make it sounds out of place on that record

    • It’s that lick in the chorus that really makes it.

  • Iron Tarkus

    This is some really shitty news. Cornell was always my favorite grunge singers. I spent a lot of time in high school listening to my brothers old Soundgarden CDs. RIP.

  • KJM = MJK

    dt’d: I remember seeing Soundgarden & Faith No More opening for Voi Vod in 1990, crazy that both opening bands went on to be much bigger than the headliner.

    • KJM = MJK

      I also saw Audioslave in 2003(Lollapalooza) I couldn’t help thinking that his voice just wasn’t right for that band. Of course I was already an RATM fan so that probably colored my judgement.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Agreed on Audioslave, that was not an ideal match.

  • Gromit Burger

    I’m pretty shaken up by this news. Been listening to his voice in one way or another for years. First thing I bought of his was actually that first Audioslave album in 2002 as I had just discovered RATM (I was 10 at the time).
    Got into Soundgarden a few years later and became obsessed with Badmotorfinger and Superunknown. Those albums would still make to my top 10, no sweat. Chris’s wails are so otherworldly. Like someone took the best of Ozzy and Robert Plant and made one beast of a frontman.
    Don’t know much from his solo career but I dig his last acoustic record.

    By the way, I’ve been a casual reader of this site and been toying with the idea of registering to take part in the comment section for a while and today’s news gave me the extra push I needed to come forward.

    RIP Chris.

    Here’s a video of one of his heavier moments:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO18jd0bqvM

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Well said, and welcome to the toilet

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Werlcome ter ther terlet

    • KJM = MJK

      (waves)

  • KJM = MJK

    His death is being investigated as a possible suicide. I really hope they’re wrong.

    • more beer

      It is being reported on other news sources, that he was found with a band of some sort wrapped around his neck. So suicide or autoerotic asphyxiation. Also the last song of their set last night was a cover of Zeppelins In My Time of Dying.

      • KJM = MJK

        I’d read that too, talk about telegraphing your intent.

    • Óðinn

      I strongly believe in an individual’s right to end their own life. However, if this was mental illness, which it could quite possibly have been, I think it is quite unfortunate. In that case, he might have made different decisions under different conditions. Plus, his music was obviously important to many people, including myself. I was a fan of the early Soundgarden albums growing up.

  • tigeraid

    Call it a radio single or pop-ish or whatever you want, this has always been a go-to jam for me. Cornell was one of the handful of voices that got me through the 90s.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmIqIVxUuKs

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      That entire album really grew on me later in my Soundgarden fandom. It’s pretty different from their earlier work, but damn, it’s just as good I think. I think Chris’ songwriting and lyricism especially shines on that album.

  • Howard Dean

    Yeah, this is pretty fucked up.

    This news made me think of the movie Singles. I always liked the story about how Chris Cornell wrote the actual song Spoonman because it was listed as one of fictional band Citizen Dick’s songs in the movie. That movie was pretty heavy on the alternative/grunge scene. Plus Bridget Fonda was smoking hot in it (as she often was circa 1990-2000).

  • Eliza

    While I have to admit I have never been the biggest fan of Soundgarden, I’ve known them practically since I first got into heavy music, so this news saddens me greatly.

  • The Tetrachord of Archytas

    What a bummer. He was a friend of my uncles so at some point in my younger years I was given a signed audioslave record and picture of Chris that my uncle took that I still have. I never cared for grunge and hard rock, especially at that time, but I remember listening to it and being mystified by it because it seemed so much more

  • nbm02ss

    I have never been so sad over the passing of a musician since I found out Layne died. This was the music of my adolescence.

  • Waynecro
  • Max

    Hands down the greatest of the grunge vocalists by a mile; and certainly very distinctive compared to all the tiresome cookie-cutter yarlers that genre produced. (Mark Arm and Tad Doyle are the only other two great vocalists, but you’re comparing apples and oranges to talk about them in relation to Cornell.)

    I lost interest in Soundgarden many, many years ago. But before I got into extreme metal (and metal generally), grunge was the first “underground” genre that I discovered for myself, and Soundgarden’s Louder Than Love was the first “non-mainstream” LP I bought. Loved it at the time. I also though Badmotorfinger had some great stuff on it too. And his voice is ALWAYS a part of what makes any good Soundgarden song a good one.

    RIP.

  • Guppusmaximus

    Yea… I’d have to say that I was highly influenced by Chris Cornell during my youth. ‘Hands All Over’ was that hook,line & sinker for me. I still remember how excited I got when that track was used during one of the sickest scenes in one of the fucking sickest & most underrated movies ever, ‘Pacific Heights’. Oddly enough, while I loved a few songs here and there from most of Soundgarden’s albums, I actually connected with his solo album ‘Euphoria Morning’ the most. I mean, those songs weren’t necessarily better or stronger than say ‘Burden in My Hand’ or ‘Blow Up the Outside World’ but they really felt more like Chris to me…

    m/ m/ May your electricity live on throughout this vast & expansive universe or power the amps of your metal brethren m/ m/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQOOgQtLI4M

  • Óðinn

    Sorry to hear that. Before the days when Metal fans began to deride Grunge bands to be edgy, these bands toured and played alongside Metal bands and nobody cared if they weren’t “metal enough”. Voivod, Soundgarden, Faith No More is still one of my favorite concerts of all time.

  • Óðinn
  • Óðinn

    Thanks Obama.

  • gacharicmeatspin

    Wow, what the hell? I finally fix my Internet and first thing I see is this?