Soundgarden - Did You Know?

Soundgarden - Did You Know?March 1, 2018

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about American rock band, Soundgarden.




Soundgarden is an American rock band that was formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984.

Soundgarden was one of the seminal creators of grunge music, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands that signed with record label Sub Pop.

In 1994, Soundgarden released one of their famous and successful songs, "Black Hole Sun" which has an interesting story to it. The song was written entirely by Chris Cornell, with the title to the song coming from something Cornell heard on the news.

Cornell thought he heard the phrase "black hole sun", but it actually said something else. Still, Chris thought about this phrase and decided to write a song around it, as he felt it was a thought-provoking title.

Cornell wrote the lyrics to the song first, then composed the music based on the images he came up with.

In 1995, the "Black Hole Sun" won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance and received a nomination for Best Rock Song. It also helped associate the sound of grunge with depression and angst.

Soundgarden are ranked 14th on VH1's special 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

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Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell wrote the song "Fell On Black Days" about how he used to suffer from severe cases of depression during his teenage years.

He rarely left the house and at one point, he spent a whole year without leaving his house, during which time he would play guitar and drums.

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The song "Spoonman" by Soundgarden is about a street artist by the name of Artis The Spoonman, who played the spoons on the streets of Seattle, where the band formed.

Artis played his spoons on the song, and is even credited on the band's album. He also featured in the video of the song.

The song "Spoonman" won the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.


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