Hawk Rock News – 6/3/14
Soundgarden‘s breakthrough 1994 album, Superunknown, is reissued on Tuesday (June 3rd) in a deluxe 20th anniversary edition featuring a remastered version of the album and plenty of bonus content like rarities, demo tracks and B-sides. But the band is already looking ahead to more retrospective releases, as guitarist Kim Thayil revealed, telling Billboard, “We definitely have discussed giving this treatment to (1991 album) Badmotorfinger, for sure . . . Badmotorfinger was very influential in the rock community. It had a strong influence on other musicians. Superunknown probably did as well, but it’s success was not just with musicians but with fans as well.”
- Badmotorfinger was Soundgarden’s third studio album and first to go gold and then platinum. It also featured the first two songs by the band, “Outshined” and “Jesus Christ Pose,” to get substantial commercial radio airplay.
- Also in the works is a long-promised compilation of B-sides and non-album tracks, about which Thayil said, “I’ve been talking about that since the mid-90s . . . the B-sides and all that stuff will be compiled in the future into a separate, stand-alone record.”
- Singer Chris Cornell told us why the B-sides set is important to Soundgarden even though it has been delayed for so long: “B-sides were sort of extra tracks for outside the U.S. releases. I always felt like that was sort of a backhanded slap to our fans in the U.S. or Canada, because those were our hardcore fans that had been there from the very beginning, and yet we’re giving away this other stuff to other people. Because of that, we’ve always kind of been chomping at the bit to make this B-sides record.”
- Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 but regrouped in 2010, issuing a hits collection, a live album and a brand new studio effort called King Animal in the four years since.
- Thayil said that Soundgarden wants to keep making new music and not rest on just its catalog. He explained, “We’re very happy and proud of the Superunknown album reaching its 20th year, but I think the band is primarily concerned about being a current, vital concern.”
- Soundgarden was scheduled at press time to give a performance of the full Superunknown album on Monday night (June 2nd) in New York City.
- The band will embark on a co-headlining North American tour with NIne Inch Nails in July. Some of those shows may feature complete Superunknown performances.
Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page continues to hold out hope that the band might once again return to the stage. The guitarist tells BBC Radio 6 Music he has no knowledge that anything is in the works but adds, “you never know, do you?” However, he says the band hasn’t discussed the possibility of playing Britain’s Glastonbury Festival. While organizer Michael Eavis has expressed confidence that he’ll eventually book Zeppelin for the event. Page says he hasn’t heard about “anything since the 2007 O2 gig,” but repeats “you never know what’s gonna happen tomorrow.”
Page also says he wants to play live again — with or without Led Zeppelin. He recently told “The New York Times” he was “fed up” with Robert Plant’s inconsistencies about a reunion, saying the singer is “just playing games.” Plant implied in a 2013 interview that a Zeppelin reunion would be possible this year, but last month spoke adamantly against the idea while promoting the band’s new reissues, which arrive in stores Tuesday.
This article was written by MURPHY