SOUNDGARDEN
HANDS ALL OVER

LABEL
A&M Records

RELEASE DATE
1990









"Hands All Over" was the second single from 1989's Louder Than Love, following "Loud Love". It was a song of the month in October 1996.

PROMO CD5 AND 12"

  1. Hands All Over
    Music: Thayil; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)

    According to Kim Thayil, "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.'"

  2. Come Together
    Written by Lennon and McCartney.

    "Come Together" is a cover of a Beatles song, originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Soundgarden recorded it with Jack Endino in April 1990, and it was the last time he would ever record the band. As it turned out, the band was disgusted with the session, and as Chris left, he asked Endino to do the backing vocals (McCartney's part), which is how it stands today.

US PROMO CASSETTE, AUSTRALIAN PICTURE 7"

  1. Hands All Over

AUSTRALIAN 7"

  1. Hands All Over

  2. Big Bottom (Live)
    "Big Bottom" is a cover of Spinal Tap's classic. This is the same version that appears on Louder Than Live, recorded live at the Whisky in Los Angeles.

UK CD5 AND 10"

  1. Hands All Over
  2. Come Together

  3. Heretic
    "Heretic" is a non-album track that appeared earlier in Soundgarden's career, actually as early as 1985, on the Deep Six compilation. For that recording, however, Scott Sundquist was the drummer, so it was rerecorded in December 1988 at London Bridge in Seattle with the "current" lineup (which at that time still included Hiro Yamamoto on bass). It was also given a new mix by Steve Fisk.

  4. Big Dumb Sex
    Music & Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1989 Loud Love Music (ASCAP)

    "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