SOUNDGARDEN
LOUDER THAN LOVE

LABEL
A&M Records

CATALOG #
CD/CS 5252

RELEASE DATE
Sep 05 1989

PERSONNEL
Chris Cornell: voc, gtr
Kim Thayil: guitar
Hiro Yamamoto: bass
Matt Cameron: drums








Rumored to have been originally titled Louder Than Fuck or Louder Than Meat. It was released as a US promo-only picture disc without a picture sleeve or insert on 12 July 1989. A limited number were released on red, green, and yellow vinyl, with the green vinyl being the rarest of all Soundgarden releases: there are only 250 copies of it. All vinyl issues of Louder Than Love are pressed on audiophile-grade vinyl with Direct Metal Mastering, something that was not openly advertised by A&M. This was Soundgarden's last album with bassist Hiro Yamamoto.

  1. UGLY TRUTH
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [guitar tablature]

  2. HANDS ALL OVER [single]
    Music: Thayil; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics]

    "The video for that song was one of the lamest ever made. It really sucked. What I liked about the song was that it was just one simple riff -- one note, one chord -- but with a lot of dynamics. In some ways it's simple and basic; in other ways, it's very sophisticated in how it was layered. We don't really have many songs that are like 'Hands All Over.'" --Kim Thayil

  3. GUN
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [guitar tablature] [bass tablature]

    "The thing about this song that's so distinct is that the tempo starts off slow and gradually speeds up, but it doesn't walk up steps or come to sections that are faster. It just speeds up until it culminates in a big jack-off guitar solo. Then it slows down again. It's a fun song to do live because Matt [Cameron, drummer] always speeds up way too fast. Faster than we can play." --Kim Thayil

  4. POWER TRIP
    Music: Yamamoto; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [guitar tablature] [bass tablature]

  5. GET ON THE SNAKE
    Music: Thayil; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [guitar tablature] [bass tablature]

    "Get on the Snake" was released three times as an A&M promo for the Lost Angels soundtrack, where it appears.

    Kim Thayil says: "In 'Get on the Snake,' we developed a great riff, but it turned out to be in 9/4 time. You can't dance to it, but it sort of sneaks up on you anyway."

  6. FULL ON KEVIN'S MOM
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics]

  7. LOUD LOVE [single]
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [bass tablature]

    The quasi-title track for the album, "Loud Love" was released many times as a promo, appearing on 12", cassette, and CD in 1989. It also showed up on the one-time "hot" medium, CD3, in Japan, with "Big Dumb Sex." In addition, it was the base of the Loud Love and Loudest Love EPs.

    "The intro was a feedback melody. Many people think we used an E-bow. I've seen transcriptions that have said to use an E-bow. The truth is, I've never even seen an E-bow. I simply stood in front of the amp, got the note ringing until it was feeding back, and slid my finger up the fret on the string and dragged the feedback with it." --Kim Thayil

  8. I AWAKE
    Music: Yamamoto; Lyrics: K. McDonald
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [guitar tablature]

    Kate McDonald was Hiro Yamamoto's girlfriend. Chris Cornell had gone to Hiro's place and nobody was home, but Kate had left a note to Hiro, which Chris read. It subsequently became the lyrics to "I Awake."

  9. NO WRONG NO RIGHT
    Music: Yamamoto; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics]

  10. UNCOVERED
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics]

  11. BIG DUMB SEX
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics]

    "Hiro, our bass player at the time, hated that song. He thought it was obnoxious butt rock, a total rock'n'roll cliche. We tried to explain to him that the song was making fun of butt rock. We were fed up with bands beating about the bush, just using euphemisms and metaphors for the sex act. We thought we'll ditch all the euphemisms and say what all the disco dance bands had been trying to say for a decade. We were simply trying to kick all the lame-ass rock'n'roll and dance music of the '80s and late '70s in the butt. It's a parody of the whole genre of stupid rock." --Kim Thayil

  12. FULL ON (REPRISE)
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)
    Read: [guitar tablature]

All songs arranged by Soundgarden. Produced by Terry Date and Soundgarden. Engineered by Terry Date. Recorded at London Bridge Studio, Seattle, Washington, USA, 12/88 to 1/89. Mixed by Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero. Mastered at Masterdisk by Howie Weinberg. Design & art execution by Art Chantry.

This album spawned quite a bit, most notably the Louder Than Live video and it's accompanying promo soundtrack. Also a result of Louder Than Love are the Loud Love and Loudest Love EPs.