SOUNDGARDEN
TY COBB

LABEL
A&M Records

RELEASE DATE
Apr 1997

TYCOBB
TYCOBB2

"Ty Cobb" is the final single from Down On The Upside and the final single in Soundgarden's 13-year career, leaving "hard-headed, fuck you all" as their parting words. It was released as a limited edition (300 copies) club promo CD in Europe in January 1997, sealed with a fluorescent green sticker emblazoned with those unforgettable lyrics. It was then released again in mid-April, only days after the band announced that it was calling it quits. This release is available only in Australia. There is no video for the song.

The track list for the release is as follows:

  1. TY COBB
    Music: Shepherd; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1996 You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP)/Stupidditties (ASCAP)

    Supposedly "Ty Cobb" was originally titled "Hot Rod Death Toll," but the title was changed when one of the members said it reminded him of Ty Cobb (played baseball with the Detroit Tigers in the early 1900s; still has the all-time highest lifetime batting average (.367)). The song showed up in some of Soundgarden's live performances before the album was released, most notably the 1995 Reading Festival. It features a 20-second intro written by Ben Shepherd and includes mandolin and mandola performances by him and Chris Cornell.

  2. RHINOSAUR
    Music: Cameron; Lyrics: Cornell
    ©1996 You Make Me Sick I Make Music (ASCAP)/Walpurgis Night Music (ASCAP)

  3. 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

  4. RHINOSAUR (THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE RHINO'S BACK REMIX)
    This version of "Rhinosaur" was remixed by ex-Ministry member Bill Rieflin, adding an industrial sounding clank in the background and distorted vocals.