Epic Records

Jul 01 1992

Soundgarden's involvement in Singles goes beyond contributing songs to its soundtrack, though the soundtrack is considerably more well-known than the film itself. Released in 1992, the movie includes Chris Cornell's acting debut (outside of music videos), a cameo that only lasts a few seconds; Soundgarden is seen (and heard) performing "Birth Ritual," which appears on the soundtrack as well; and during the posting of a Citizen Dick flyer, a demo version of "Spoonman" is heard. The soundtrack's liner notes pay homage to Soundgarden, too: the fictional Citizen Dick CD is called Smarter Than You, and its design is an obvious parody of Louder Than Love; track 7 is entitled "Louder Than Larry," a spin-off on "Loud Love," which is track 7 on Soundgarden's 1989 release.

Thanks to Geoff Kleemola, there are four video clips from the movie available, all of them relating in some way to Soundgarden's involvement:

[VIDEO] "Spoonman" demo soundtrack [MPG: 160x120, 10s, 0.72MB]
[VIDEO] "Seasons" soundtrack [MPG: 160x120, 32s, 2.41MB]
[VIDEO] "Birth Ritual" being performed [MPG: 240x180, 12s, 3.37MB]
[VIDEO] Chris Cornell's cameo [MPG: 320x240, 25s, 3.77MB]

The track list for the Singles soundtrack is as follows:

  1. Alice In Chains - Would?
  2. Pearl Jam - Breath
  3. Chris Cornell - Seasons
  4. Paul Westerberg - Dyslexic Heart
  5. The Lovemongers - Battle of Evermore
  6. Mother Love Bone - Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns
  7. Soundgarden - Birth Ritual
  8. Pearl Jam - State of Love and Trust
  9. Mudhoney - Overblown
  10. Paul Westerberg - Waiting for Somebody
  11. Jimi Hendrix - May This Be Love
  12. Screaming Trees - Nearly Lost You
  13. Smashing Pumpkins - Drown

"Seasons" is Chris Cornell's public solo debut, featuring just the singer with acoustic guitar accompaniment. The song was written, performed, produced, and mixed entirely by Cornell, and is only available on the Singles CD. There are lyrics and a sound clip [AU: 0.60MB] available.

"Birth Ritual," written by Cornell, Matt Cameron, and Kim Thayil, is a favorite "rare" Soundgarden track, later appearing as a b-side on one of the "Fell On Black Days" singles. The demo version of the song has appeared several times as a b-side, on the "Black Hole Sun" and "My Wave" singles in 1994 and the "Burden In My Hand" single in 1996 (misprinted on the Australian version of the CD as "Birth Control"). Lyrics and a sound clip [AU: 0.47MB] are available.