SOUNDGARDEN
SCREAMING LIFE

LABEL
Sub Pop

RELEASE DATE
Oct 1987

PERSONNEL:
Chris Cornell: vocals
Hiro Yamamoto: bass
Matt Cameron: drums
Kim Thayil: guitar

The first 500 copies of this record were on orange vinyl; after that, they were printed on basic black. Recorded in 1987 by Jack Endino at Reciprocal Recording, Seattle, Washington, USA.

  1. HUNTED DOWN [single]
    Music: Kim Thayil; Lyrics: Chris Cornell
    ©1990 Loud Love (ASCAP)
    Read: [lyrics] [guitar tablature]

    "That song wasn't supposed to be as heavy sounding as it turned out. We just started jamming on the riff and it took on the 'noise rock' dimensions, kind of a rhythmic thing. And that solo is a noise solo. It's very dissonant. That song was also the first song on the Sub Pop "hold" music tape. You would call them up, and when they put you on hold you heard 'Hunted Down.'" --Kim Thayil

  2. ENTERING
    ©1990 Loud Love (ASCAP)
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  3. TEARS TO FORGET
    Music: Kim Thayil, Hiro Yamamoto; Lyrics: Hiro Yamamoto
    ©1990 Loud Love (ASCAP)
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  4. NOTHING TO SAY
    Music: Kim Thayil; Lyrics: Chris Cornell
    ©1990 Loud Love (ASCAP)
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    "Nothing to Say" was Soundgarden's first b-side, appearing on side 2 of the "Hunted Down" single.

    "This song was originally from an unsigned-band compilation tape made by a KCMU disc jockey. It was called Bands That Will Make Money -- it had a little piggy bank on the cover and was distributed to all the record companies. Labels started calling us when they heard the song. I was working at Seattle Filmworks along with Mark Arm from Mudhoney, Bruce Fairweather from Mother Love Bone, and Owen Wright from My Sister's Machine. I got this phone call while I was doing some splicing and it was Chris. He said, 'You're not going to believe this -- A&M called!.' The rest is history." --Kim Thayil

  5. LITTLE JOE
    Music: Kim Thayil; Lyrics: Chris Cornell
    ©1990 Loud Love (ASCAP)
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  6. HAND OF GOD
    Music: Kim Thayil; Lyrics: Chris Cornell
    ©1990 Loud Love (ASCAP)
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    "I got some really old rolls of quarter inch at a garage sale, and turns out some of them were recordings of some guy giving sermons from the early fifties. They were dated in a near-illegible pencil scrawl but the name of the preacher was unreadable. I had them at the studio, and Chris said, we should have a preacher on this, and I said, hey, I've got just the thing. We got one out and just listened a bit until we heard a part that seemed right, then just synced it up to the eight track machine and copied it over onto an empty track. Pretty amazing how the guy's rhythm is so intrinsically heavy rock. I guess God smiled upon us, it was wierd how it just worked out perfectly. Still don't know who the guy was or where it was recorded! By the way, the lyrics were written first. One of the things Chris says in the bridge is fake preacher-talk, 'Let it be known today that if you've got two hands you're supposed to pray.' All it needed was a bit of the real thing..." --Jack Endino