Soundgarden were one of the biggest alternative acts of the early ‘90s.
One of the first bands signed to Sub Pop, they helped lay the groundwork for grunge. Nirvana and Pearl Jam may have broken through earlier, but albums like ‘Badmotorfinger’ and ‘Superunknown’ saw Chris Cornell and band not far behind.
By the time ‘Spoonman’ and ‘Black Hole Sun’ were released in 1994, the group were selling millions of albums and packing stadiums - which is exactly how fans like to remember them.
But what old fans don’t like is Cornell’s recent collaboration with Timbaland. A much more pop-friendly sound than anything he’s done previously, it has basically alienated a whole host of people. Apparently that includes his former band members. While Cornell has been busy hustling his new album, the other members decided to reform Soundgarden for a low-key gig. This has hurt the former frontman’s feelings.
"When Soundgarden broke up, my discussions with the rest of the band was 'We have to have an agreement that we will never tour Soundgarden - Soundgarden will never exist - without it being a unanimous decision and that everyone who was in the band is in the band'." Cornell told NME.
Apparently, the rest of the band forgot about that agreement and got Tad Doyle in to sing vocals on ‘Hunted Down’, ‘Nothing to Say’ and ‘Spoonman’.