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♪♫ Soundgarden on 'Conan': Break out the flannel, grunge takes over

By Melissa Bell

Back when Seattle dominated the music world with the dirty-looking, angry mumblings of teen spirit, Chris Cornell, the singer of Soundgarden, always came across the darker, older brother of the singers of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. To appear more brooding than the serially depressed Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain is a rather impressive feat. Luckily, in the 13 years since the band broke up, Cornell has not lost any of his angsty charm. The flipside is not much else has changed either.

The band has put aside whatever internal disputes divided them and has set out on the road to rock redemption. Last night they hit up the "Conan" show. (Which makes me think Hank Stuever might need to amend his review of the show: "After all, he is not just Conan O'Brien, he is Coco now -- Coco unhinged, brandishing his usual Ivy-tinged snark and a guitar, jamming with his musical guest Jack White, which makes him just about the coolest cat of ... 2003." Perhaps now it should read 1993?)

By Melissa Bell  | November 10, 2010; 7:32 AM ET
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Obama and his SOCIALIST minions will stop at nothing to bring back grunge.

Posted by: rcupps | November 10, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Vedder is spelled with 2 "d's". At least you got Cobain's name right. Yeah Soundgarden sounds like they used to which is exactly how their fan's want them to sound.

PS The dark Seattle grunge band is Alice in Chains. None darker than the late Layne Staley.
RIP Layne and Kurt

Posted by: jeff_91121 | November 10, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

The reason that the song sounded like their old music is because, "Black Rain" was a unreleased track off of their 1991 album, Badmoterfinger. In other words it was recorded way back then and I am not sure why you are uninformed on that matter.

Also there has been no news what so ever on a Reunion tour at this point. Soundgarden has only played a few live shows this year.

Posted by: flashymack24 | November 10, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

One has to wonder if Ms. Bell is old enough to have heard them the first time around... because she obviously doesn't know the musical style of any of the bands she mentioned, just their label. It would be nice if they got some informed music journalists to report on things. Or maybe most of the music reporting and listening crowd is too stuck on Katy Perry's vacant tunes. She's not depressed I guess... just a waste.

Posted by: JorgeGortex | November 10, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

thanks for making everything political, your contributions are aristotelian in size and scope. for the non-political and the Soundgarden/Chris Cornell fans, I was let down.(unless Coco's sound stage sucks), Cornell needs a recharge and a little more power behind his words, they sounded light and too whiny.

Posted by: sherlockjt | November 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The song sounds old because it is---it was recorded in the early 90s and was never released. The prior posts are correct with mentioning that. And Soundgarden pre-dates the bands that were labeled "grunge" because they were playing in the mid-80s. Yes, they're from Seattle but they were playing long before the others. And...Vedder's name is spelled incorrectly. The band sounded tight...Cornell has had some voice issues in the past, but overall he sounded pretty good. Most sound stages on the talk show circuit are lacking. I would love to see a Pearl Jam/Soundgarden Tour in 2011. That's probably just wishful thinking b/c I'm Just not sure Matt Cameron would be up for playing the drum kit for both bands. But I'd pay to see that show.

Posted by: rstocks73 | November 10, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Bringing back grunge? I know that pop music is lame as hell these days, but if marketing rock snobs who think that they are the salvation of pop music is seen as hot stuff, we have a lot to worry about. Hip-hop,'s all boring as so is "Coco". This pompous, old-school band is as pompous and old-school as the host of the show they appeared on. Yawn....

Posted by: chiappe | November 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I concur JorgeGortex. Furthermore, it's comical to observe how most mainstream treatments of 'grunge' rely on these general oversimplifications. Serially depressed? Perhaps that may apply to Kurt Cobain, but have you ever even listened to Pearl Jam? We're not talking about Elliot Smith here, after all. Moreover, what mainstream 'grunge' article would be complete without a reference to Kurt Cobain - supposedly the end all and be all of the genre? Alas.

Posted by: wpost16 | November 10, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm getting old, I enjoy Soundgarden and Chris Cornell, but I just kept thinking while looking at Cornell, "you're 46 years old, cut the damn hair already!"

Also, wasn't long hair a sign of rebellion against the man? What's there to rebel against when you've got millions in the bank and a wife 20 years your junior?

The same also applies to Green Day, you're not an oppressed minority any more and the capitalism you rail against has made you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

Posted by: emm126 | November 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

i believe that the music change and back so, bands like pearl jam have the xp for make their own music with out make a copy of any other... and soundgarden have their own "sound" may be no cool for the new generations, but is a piece of art for others who knows the concept.

Posted by: franciscomvx | November 17, 2010 4:09 AM | Report abuse

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