Soundgarden is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the band's formation with the announcement of a series of the group's albums on limited edition colored vinyl. Every month a brand new edition of one of the quartet's LPs on A&M Records will be issued, starting with Superunknown on April 5th. This past Friday (March 8th) marked the 25th anniversary of that record's release.
Other albums that will be issued as part of the series include 1989's Louder Than Love, the 1991 classic Badmotorfinger, 1996's Down On The Upside and 2012's King Animal, the band's first and now only studio album to emerge after Soundgarden returned from a 13-year hiatus.
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil told us a while back where he the band's sound came from: “As a band, I think we really sprang from two things: this sort of British, moody, Goth-y, bass riff-oriented music like Gang Of Four, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Killing Joke, and then this guitar-oriented, post-hardcore thing in America, like the Meat Puppets and Husker Du and the Butthole Surfers. I think those were two things that were really playing into what Soundgarden was about collectively when we formed, you know, in '84.”
Soundgarden reunited in 2010 but the band's career came to an abrupt halt in May 2017, when singer Chris Cornell committed suicide in his hotel room after a show in Detroit. He was 52 years old.
The three remaining members of Soundgarden, along with Metallica, Foo Fighters and many other musicians, performed together for the first time since Cornell's death at a benefit concert honoring the singer on January 16th at the Forum in Los Angeles.