SOUNDGARDEN
JESUS CHRIST POSE

LABEL
A&M Records

RELEASE DATE
1991





"Jesus Christ Pose" is the song that many people point to as the one that defines the essence of Soundgarden. Credited to all four members in the liner notes to Badmotorfinger, it's the song that creates lifelong Matt Cameron fans after about 10 seconds of the intro. The song garnered intense popularity as soon as MTV decided to ban the video in 1991 - it has not been shown by the channel since (though a full-length video clip is available in the music video section of this site).

"Jesus Christ Pose" was the song of the month in August 1996.

US PROMO CD, UK 12"

  1. Jesus Christ Pose
    Music: Cameron, Shepherd, Thayil, Cornell; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1991 Walpurgis Night Music/Noyes/In One Ear And Out Your Mother Music/You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP)

    "That was our first single off Badmotorfinger, but it never got any airplay because of the references to Jesus. And MTV wouldn't play the video because they didn't like the idea of a girl on the cross. There are no guitars in the video at all. There's not even a picture of a guitar in the video. It's like this hard, rock-fast, punk-metal video that has no instruments in the whole thing. And it's a six minute video! The song's groove reminds me of helicopter blades. I bent the strings at the beginning and end of the song. That's all I remember." --Kim Thayil

    When asked about the "Jesus Christ Pose" itself, Chris says: "You just see it a lot with really beautiful people, or famous people, exploiting that symbol as to imply that they're either a deity or persecuted somehow by their public. So it's pretty much a song that is nonreligious but expressing being irritated by seeing that. It's not that I would ever be offended by what someone would do with that symbol."

    The singer and guitarist continue their explanations in the Levine Schneider Public Relations press release. "Jesus Christ Pose" was the song of the month in August 1996.

UK PICTURE 7"

  1. Jesus Christ Pose

  2. Stray Cat Blues
    Written by Jagger/Richards
    Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. (BMI)

    "Stray Cat Blues" was originally recorded by the Rolling Stones.

ETCHED 12", ETCHED DIGIPAK CD, UK POSTER BAG 12"

  1. Jesus Christ Pose
  2. Stray Cat Blues

  3. Into The Void (Sealth)
    Lyrics by Chief Sealth; Music by F. Iommi, W. Ward, J. Osbourne, T. Butler
    Published by TRO-Essex Music International Inc. (ASCAP)

    This song was originally done by Black Sabbath. Ben Shepherd heard the song and recognized that the words that Chief Sealth (for whom Seattle is named) had written in protest of the white man's settling in his territory fit the meter of the song.

  4. Somewhere
    Music & Lyrics: Shepherd
    ©1991 Noyes (ASCAP)

PROMO 7", PROMO 12"

  1. Jesus Christ Pose

  2. Drawing Flies
    Music: Cameron; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1991 Walpurgis Night Music/You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP)