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Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band's full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.

Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After several years working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and their sixth studio album, King Animal, was released two years later.

As of 2012, Soundgarden had sold more than 10.5 million records in the United States, and an estimated 22.5 million worldwide.

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Soundgarden stream original 'Black Hole Sun' demo - listen

Soundgarden stream original 'Black Hole Sun' demo - listen

The band's 'Superunknown' LP will be re-released to celebrate its 20th anniversary in June

  • Apr 16, 2014

Soundgarden to perform 'Superunknown' in its entirety at SXSW

Band will play five-times platinum album at US iTunes Festival in March

  • Feb 26, 2014

Woman charged with allegedly sending death threats to Soundgarden's Chris Cornell

Prosecutors say threats amount to cyber-stalking

  • Feb 12, 2014

Soundgarden debut new video directed by Dave Grohl - watch

The band's 'By Crooked Steps' video also features a cameo from superstar DJ Deadmau5

  • Jan 29, 2013

Soundgarden: 'We've got such good creative chemistry' - watch

The band's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron discuss making 'King Animal'

  • Nov 15, 2012

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Soundgarden – ‘King Animal’

Soundgarden – ‘King Animal’

An exercise in perhaps leaving the past in the past

  • Nov 9, 2012

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