"Soundgarden was this tremendous band out of Seattle, which had become the center of the world in the wake of Nirvana's success. We were grateful when they came our way. Everyone on the lot was into Soundgarden, and really believed in the band. Theirs were records we would've bought if we didn't help make them; we weren't going to give up until we'd promoted them as well and reached as many people as we could. They made challenging music, and Chris Cornell had a voice of the ages. In any period, that voice would've been successful. We also put out the Temple of the Dog project, which was made up of members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. I didn't realize it was the first record Eddie Vedder ever appeared on. It was just an amazing effort, sold a million copies, and took Soundgarden to a new platform. It was the right band, the right label, at the right time."--Jerry Moss

Soundgarden signed to A&M Records in 1989 by Brian Huttenhower.

Soundgarden took its name and that of its song "Black Hole Sun" from sculptures in their hometown of Seattle,WA.

MTv refused to show the Soundgarden video of "Jesus Christ Pose."

Superunknowndebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1994.

On April 9, 1997, Soundgarden announced that it was disbanding, By that time, their A&M albums had sold more than20 million copies.

  1. Soundgarden Disbands. E! Online News, April 9, 1997.
  2. A&M Records' Greatest Hits. Matt Diehl. Rolling Stone, September 7, 2012.
Recording Years / Label
1989-1997 -  A&M Records
Name Member Years Instruments
Ben Shepherd 1990-1997 bass
Chris Cornell 1989-1997 guitar, vocals
Hiro Yamamoto 1989 bass
Kim Thayil 1989-1997 guitar
Matt Cameron 1989-1997 drums
Name Birth Death
Ben Shepherd 1968-09-20
Chris Cornell 1964-07-20 2017-05-18
Hiro Yamamoto 1961-04-13
Kim Thayil 1960-09-04
Matt Cameron 1962-11-28
Name See associated acts
Ben Shepherd Hater
Chris Cornell Temple of the DogChris Cornell
Matt Cameron HaterTemple of the DogPeter Frampton, Matt Cameron, Mike McCready

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