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Behind the scenes: Soundgarden 20th anniversary Superunknown concert

June 18, 2014

The day before the 20th anniversary re-issue of Superunknown, Soundgarden performed their 1994 album in its entirety at New York City’s Webster Hall.

Now, you’ll get to hear it.

The June 2 show, which according to billboard.com left “the audience sweaty and hoarse and amped on adrenaline,” will air in its entirety Friday and throughout the weekend on Howard 101.

“They took their whole album, Superunknown, which of course had so many great hits on it, and they decided because it was the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, if you can believe that,” Howard said, “these guys got together and said, ‘Hey, for one live concert, we’re gonna get together and do the whole album.’ And so we were lucky enough to be there and record it. And so, like the old days of rock radio, we’re gonna put it on the air.”

In celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary and the special broadcast on Howard 101, Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd came to the Stern Studios to share behind-the-scenes stories of the breakthrough album.


SUPERUNKNOWN (THE SONG)

Cornell recalls the origins of Superunknown, and concerns the band had about the song getting singled out as a “title track.”


SPOONMAN AND THE CIVIL WAR

The Spoonman music video was as much music video as it was photo montage. Cornell told Howard 101 that inspiration for the music video came from a Civil War documentary.


BLACK HOLE SUN

Cornell and Soundgarden were sick of the chore of making music videos; in fact, that’s why the band looks uninterested in the Black Hole Sun video. Despite that, though, the video did much more for the band than “not suck.”


MY WAVE, SOUNDGARDEN’S WAY

According to Soundgarden, the band’s record label didn’t want My Wave to be the third single off Superunknown. Too bad.


BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY + THE BAND

Cornell wasn’t there, but the rest of Soundgarden appeared on a sound-themed episode of Bill Nye The Science Guy and performed Kickstand.


SURROUND SOUND

Aside from its nature as a collector’s item, Soundgarden pointed out another reason it’s worth purchasing the Superunknown reissue: It was mixed into 5.1 surround sound.


The Soundgarden 20th Anniversary Superunknown Concert premieres Friday, June 20th at 10 pm ET, with encore presentations Saturday, June 21st at 6 pm ET and Sunday, June 22nd at 12 am ET, 6 pm ET and 9 pm ET on Howard 101.

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