With their nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020, we thought we’d take a look back at Seattle’s Soundgarden and their enigmatic leader, Chris Cornell.
The iconic singing voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell is one that will live long after his sad passing. As an influential member of the Seattle scene in the 1990s, Cornell became the voice of his generation with some wonderful vocal performances.
While Cornell’s work with Audioslave. a supergroup formed with members of Rage Against the Machine, and as a solo artist was widely loved – his band Soundgarden will always remain the most endeared to the hearts of his fans.
Raised in the Washington city of Seattle. Chris Cornell was the main protagonist in the creation of the grunge movement which swept America and the world in the early nineties. Forming Soundgarden with guitarist Kim Thyail and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984 they would produce some iconic work in their illustrious career.
The band’s 1994 album Superunknown would become a record filled to the brim with anthems for Generation X. There’s one track on that record that will go down in history, a song where Cornell’s majestic vocal soars highest of all – ‘Black Hole Sun’.
The song quickly topped the rock charts and saw Soundgarden and Cornell launch into superstardom. They turned Cornell from a rock band singer to the voice of his generation as he let his emotive power shine through his wonderful instrument. It would even see the star take on the theme tune for James Bond in 2006.
But for now, let’s sit back and listen to the stunning isolated vocal of Chris Cornell on the Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’ below.