Korn, Baroness, Coheed and Cambria, The Pretty Reckless, HIM, Dillinger Escape Plan, and More Share Favorite Soundgarden Record
Tue, 05 Mar 2013 07:00:04
Soundgarden's impact reverberates through all facets of alternative, rock, hard rock, and heavy metal. So many musicians cite the Seattle legends as an influence, and it's easier to hear everywhere from the sludgy psychedelic brilliance of Baroness to Coheed and Cambria's otherworldly darkness. When Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron get together in the studio, it's nothing short of seismic for rock 'n' roll. Each of their albums has made its mark, but for different reasons. That's what makes a legendary band ladies and gentlemen…
Given the power of each respective record, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to members of Korn, The Pretty Reckless, Baroness, Coheed and Cambria, Five Finger Death Punch, and more, asking, "What's your favorite Soundgarden record and why?"
Here is what they had to say…
As a bonus, he talked to some other notable musicians about King Animal, which you need to get if you don't have.
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What's your favorite Soundgarden record and why?
Brian "Head" Welch of Korn & Love and Death
Brian "Head" Welch: It's got to be Badmotorfinger. At the time, I was living in an apartment in downtown Huntington Beach with David Silveria. We worked at Pizza Hut, and we were broke. There were five guys living in a two-bedroom apartment [Laughs]. MTV had started playing that "Outshined" music video. David was always about the sound system. He had the master bedroom in every apartment we ever lived, and I had the couch [Laughs]. He'd blare his tunes on his stereo, and we would play Badmotorfinger on there. That's the album that stood out. It made a statement like, "We're Soundgarden, and we're here." It made them huge.
James "Munky" Shaffer of Korn & Fear and The Nervous System
James "Munky" Shaffer: I'd still say my favorite Soundgarden record is Superuknown. There are so many great songs on there, and I think a lot of people have connected over that one.
Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless
Taylor Momsen: My favorites are Louder Than Love, Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, and Down on the Upside because they are all awesome!
John Baizley of Baroness
John Baizley: It's Badmotorfinger for me. It's a hard rock classic. The songs are all kickass. It's heavy, mean, wild, and out there. There's a lot of ground on that record that's covered. It's like a time stamp. That record's a time capsule. At the time I heard it, I wasn't a heavy music connoisseur, but that was super heavy for me. It was something I needed. Badmotorfinger was a band at their peak. Listen to Chris Cornell's voice, the guitars, the drums, and the bass. That is a hungry, hungry band playing music. Before that, it was them finding their voice. Then, it became refinement. For me, Badmotorfinger was when they struck gold.
Travis Stever of Coheed and Cambria & The Davenport Cabinet
Travis Stever: Superunknown! Actually, I have a record here that I listened to the other night. It's an old one, Ultramega OK. It's fucking awesome! Maybe I'll say Ultramega OK. It's got "Beyond the Wheel", "Flower", "All Your Lies", and "665". It's a great record, man. That's my favorite as of now. They're such an incredible band that my favorite switches up. Ultramega OK was so early on. They really developed their sound later. Soundgarden was one of the first concerts I saw. When I was in junior high school, I was a big Neil Young fan. First I got into metal and stuff like that. Then, I progressed to classic rock. My mom surprised me with tickets to see Neil Young with Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The bonus was the opener was Blind Melon, and the main support was Soundgarden.
Ville Valo of H.I.M.
Ville Valo: I'm a massive Badmotorfinger fan. I had it on vinyl [Laughs]. It's such a brilliant record. I go back to that.
Ivan Moody of Five Finger Death Punch
Ivan Moody: I consistently return to both Badmotorfinger and Superunknown. They make you think, and there's a ton of emotion in there. That process and kind of art really influences me in my own writing.
Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach
Jacoby Shaddix: Fuck, I've got to say Badmotorfinger. I haven't listened to it in a while, but I remember when it came out, I was all about it. I was so about it! I need to go listen to it. I'm going to listen to it today. Now, I fucking love "Been Away Too Long" from King Animal. I need to get that whole record too!
Jesse Leach of Killswitch Engage
Jesse Leach: That's a tough one! I'd say Badmotorfinger is the classic one for me. I really do love Louder Than Love as well, but I feel like it's a different band from that record to the next. It's definitely Badmotorfinger. There's not one bad song on that record. I still dig their newer stuff too. I just love Soundgarden period, but Badmotorfinger turned me on to them.
Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust
Lajon Witherspoon: I dig every one of their albums! I have to say Superunknown though. It's got "4th of July". They're so incredible.
Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan
Greg Puciato: I have to say Badmotorfinger just because I go back to it the most. I really like Superunknown and Louder Than Love too. If I had to pick, it would be in that era somewhere between Louder Than Love and Superunknown. If I could pick greatest hits, they'd all come from those three records. I pick Badmotorfinger because it's the record I got into them on. It's got the most sentimental value to me. There are so many cool things happening on "Room a Thousand Years Wide". I'd never heard that kind of shit at that age. It was the first time I'd really heard that mix of psychedelia, metal, and classic rock happening at once. Grunge was starting to take off, and it was so exciting. That record has married itself to that time period of my life.
Max Cavalera of Soulfly
Max Cavalera: I like Badmotorfinger. I love "Jesus Christ Pose". My brother Igor called it, "Tribal grunge". It's a totally tribal grunge song with crazy drums and a lot of toms. I always thought that was a great fucking track. The whole record is great with "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage". I love the fact Terry Date produced it. He's one of my favorite producers. He did the whole record.
Josh Todd of Buckcherry
Josh Todd: I'd say Badmotorfinger is my favorite. I first heard it when we were making the first Buckcherry record because Terry Date was co-producing our record and he produced Badmotorfinger. We used to sit there and talk about how Chris Cornell recorded his vocals. It was really cool. I got a lot of the inside scoop on that record so I was very into it at the time. I love Chris. Euphoria Morning is a big record for me. It's so underrated. There's a song on there called "When I'm Down", and it's one of my favorites to listen to. It's such a great vocal performance.
Brent Smith of Shinedown
Brent Smith: Superunknown changed my life. It's not so much for the singles but the deeper stuff in that record. "My Wave" was huge for me. "The Day I Tried To Live" is a classic Soundgarden song. My favorite was probably "4th of July". That song is almost not natural. When the second verse starts, the fact that Chris Cornell sings the main line, but there's the third octave behind him that he's singing—which is stratospherically high—is amazing. I never heard anyone sing like that. It changed my view on what a rock singer was supposed to convey on record. That's a big record.
Sameer Bhattacharya of Flyleaf
Sameer Bhattacharya: I'd say Superunknown. It had "Black Hole Sun". "Spoonman" is such a great song! That video for "Black Hole Sun" was crazy. Chris Cornell's voice is unreal. The power in it is just incredible. He could be singing the phone book and you could hear a split-second of a note, and you'd know it was him. His voice is so distinct and amazing.
Jeff Kendrick of DevilDriver & co-founder of AllAxess.com
Jeff Kendrick: Superunknown is my absolute favorite Soundgarden record. I do not give MTV a ton of credit, but without them I would never have fallen in love with Soundgarden at the age I did. Blasting their videos really gave me a visual reference for a band that I was getting more obsessed with daily.
John Boecklin of DevilDriver
John Boecklin: Although many purists would disagree with me, I believe Superunknown to be their best slab of goods. The songs are grimy yet perfect pop, if you know what I mean. To me, it's a very dark record with sprinkling light in the perfect spots. I try to that shit all the time and just fucking fail...They don't. My favorite and perfect examples of this or "Fell on Black Days" and "My Wave".
Devin Townsend: Louder Than Love was the first one for me. That's probably my favorite but there's also Badmotorfinger. I listened to that a ton. I had a girlfriend back when Badmotorfinger came out, and every time I hear it, I'm like, "I remember that time!" [Laughs] I saw Soundgarden at Lollapalooza back then too.
Also, we heard some thoughts on King Animal…
Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam & RNDM
Jeff Ament: King Animal is awesome. I'm really into side two right now. When you first hear the record, I think you understand the songs on side one quicker. Now, for me, there's more depth to the songs on side two. It's classic Soundgarden. It's a really good record.
Mlny Parsonz of Royal Thunder
Mlny Parsonz: I fucking love King Animal right now. I was really stoked on it. They fucking nailed it. We listened to on tour. When we came back from Canada, we got it. Josh Coleman and I really like Soundgarden a lot, and we listened to it. After it was done, we looked at each other like, "Let's put it back in again!"
What's your favorite Soundgarden record and why?
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