A bit of a break from politics. Pretty excited that tomorrow morning tickets go on sale for Soundgarden, their first tour in 14 years. There were a lot of bands to come out of the early 1990's "scene", but for my money the most innovative, musically influential band was Soundgarden. Kim Thayil developed some insanely unique guitar tuning, Matt Cameron is a ridiculous drummer and Chris Cornell may just have had the best rock voice in a generation. I last saw them in Toronto, opening for Neil Young, along with Pearl Jam. Their sound was dreadful, major disappointment. I suppose the highlight was a drunk Eddie Vedder, wine bottle in tow singing "Keep On Rocking In The Free World" with Neil Young. Anyways, I am really, really looking forward to this one:
As as aside, the first time I saw the video for "Jesus Christ Pose" I remember being slightly afraid, but keenly fascinated- WTF were these guys, the sound resembled nothing anyone had heard, even radio didn't know how to catergorize. What a band.