Reprinted without permission from The Sudbury Star, May 16, 1996

MuchMusic and MTV won't be showing the original video for "Pretty Noose"

TORONTO (CP) - In the original video for Soundgarden's new single "Pretty Noose," a dead woman lies sprawled out under the sheets before the camera closes in on the killer, singer Chris Cornell.

It's not one fans will see in U.S. or Canada.

"A&M was serviced with a revised version," says Shawn Marino, a publicist for Soundgarden's record label. "That's the one MuchMusic was given."

Writing on the internet, poster artist Frank Kozik, who directed the video, said the original was "censored" because the ending was "too heavy" for the "dips**ts at MTV," the U.S. video channel.

"They got a dead girl in that lame Stabbing Westward video so I don't understand their problem," he writes.

"Pretty Noose" is the first single off the band's new album, Down on the Upside, the Seattle band's first 1994's mega-successful, double-Grammy winner Superunknown.

A limited-edition vinyl version of Down on the Upside is due in stores Wednesday. The CD will be available May 21.

After listening to the song "a million times," Kozik portrayed the "pretty noose" as "your average bad-girlfriend experience," which is how he interpreted Cornell's song.

Cornell, who wrote the lyrics "Eat the fruit, and kiss the snake good-night," agrees that the interpretation is apt.

"[Pretty Noose is] an attractively packaged idea, something that seems great at first and then comes back to bite you," Cornell said recently on the line from Seattle.

Guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron are his bandmates.

Soundgarden is expected to perform "Pretty Noose" on Saturday Night Live this week. The main reason Cornell and the TV-shy band agreed to perform was because Canadian comedian Jim Carrey is hosting, and the band members are big fans.

Not long after their SNL appearance, Soundgarden hits the road to play the mainstage on the Lollapalooza tour, which stops in Toronto July 4, Quebec City on July 7 and Vancouver on August 9.


  • WHO: Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar), Kim Thayil (guitar), Ben Shepherd (bass), Matt Cameron (drummer)
  • ALBUMS: Ultramega OK (1988), Louder Than Love (1989), Badmotorfinger (1991), Superunknown (1994), Down on the Upside (1996)
  • SINGLES: Black Hole Sun, Spoonman
  • UPCOMING: Saturday Night Live on Saturday May 18, Lollapalooza
  • QUOTE: "Having a record that everyone heralds as by far your best work makes you think 'well s**t, this is going to be disappointing all these people'" - Singer Chris Cornell