Whenever you talk about the Seattle sound or the grunge scene, Soundgarden is the band that quickly comes to mind. Although, we’ve seen and heard a lot over the years, however, these music legends were phenomenal in everything they did, especially with Chris Cornell as the face of the band. They became the symbol of a generation and made a great fame in rock music
During the early 90s, when Seattle dominated the rock world, these music legends sat on the throne. They shocked the world with their amazing hits and took the center stage on MTV. Ever since then, we’ve savoured every song and every show by these great talents, until the tragic demise of the band’s main man, Chris Cornell. Let’s quickly go down memory lane.
Chris and his classic line-up got their band name from an instrumental installation in their dominance city, Seattle. This installation was known as “A Sound Garden” and consisted of a organ pipes and steel towers which was basically a sculpture of steel and wind. This installation would give out various music notes whenever a wind rushed through its members; such a befitting name for a band that is well known for their grand style. No wonder, many often consign them to a time and place.
Soundgarden mainly drew their inspiration two music eras, the mainstream in the 1970s and the alternative in the 1980s. Their contemporary music often sounded the Beatles, Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. One thing that was striking about the band is their ability to perform in “rows”. They could neither settle for the alternative music which many people expected. They had a crazy transition in arenas and always stunned the crowd; something everyone misses about them. However, some of their songs still sounds mysterious just like their lifestyle. Tracks like Overfloater, Head Down, Slaves and Bulldozers are still popular for their wield lyrics that seems to be completely out of our comprehension. Maybe they belonged to another world…who knows? But it was the deep dark idiosyncratic sounds that gave Cornell and his group their enormous power.
News of Cornell’s death was shocking heartbreaking as it came when we least expected. And for the mere fact he ended his own life, the mystery of the band gets even deeper. Notwithstanding, Soundgarden took the world by surprise, and will always be remembered for their aggressive, yet specific tone. They defined their generation and no doubt produced some of the most iconic rock music. They are truly legends!
This post is to recognize that some bands create a style that is so unique and so influential, they change the generation their in. There are many artists or bands that we might think of doing this such as Elvis, or Nirvana. Both of which had very distinct styles and helped form the generations they represented. Another one which we feel was just as important yet maybe not as popular was Sublime. Formed in the late 80’s and gaining popularity and producing records in the early 90’s Sublime was as unique as you can get. Their style was a Reggae / Punk Rock and their lyrics were like nothing ever heard before. Below is a quick bio on the band and I suggest you put a little 40oz to Freedom on the speakers and enjoy!
Sublime was an American ska punk band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988. The band’s line-up, unchanged until their breakup, consisted of Bradley Nowell (vocals and guitar), Eric Wilson (bass) and Bud Gaugh (drums). Lou Dog, Nowell’s dalmatian, was the mascot of the band. Michael ‘Miguel’ Happoldt and Marshall Goodman “Ras MG” contributed to and co-wrote several Sublime songs. Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. In 1997, posthumous songs such as “What I Got”, “Santeria”, “Wrong Way”, “Doin’ Time”, and “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” were released to U.S. radio.
Sublime released three studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums (one of which also contains never-before released material), three EPs and one box set. Although their first two albums—40oz. to Freedom (1992) and Robbin’ the Hood (1994)—were quite popular in the United States, Sublime did not experience major commercial success until 1996 with their self-titled third album, released two months after Nowell’s death, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, and spawned the single “What I Got“, which remains the band’s only No. 1 hit single (on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart) in their musical career. As of 2009, the band has sold over 17 million albums worldwide, including about 10 million in the U.S. alone.
In 2009, the surviving members decided to reform the band with Rome Ramirez, a young guitarist and admitted Sublime fan from California. However, not long after performing at Cypress Hill‘s Smokeout Festival, a Los Angeles judge banned the new lineup from using the Sublime name. This was because Nowell had owned rights to the Sublime name, and as a result, they were not allowed to use it without approval and permission from his estate. In January 2010, the lawsuit was settled and the new lineup now performs together as Sublime with Rome, who released their debut albumYours Truly on July 12, 2011. Five months after its release, Gaugh announced his departure from the band.
While their legacy lives on and their music will last forever, We will miss their creative style and transformational music.
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