Twenty years ago today, Seattle-based rock group Soundgarden released Superunknown.
Made up of Chris Cornell (lead vocals), Kim Thayil (lead guitar), Ben Shepherd (bass) and Matt Cameron (drums), the band’s third studio album debuted at no. 1 and carried the eerie classic “Black Hole Sun,” which would earn them a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The Cornell-composed single “Spoonman” also proved to be a heavy hitter, peaking at no. 3 on the Mainstream Rock charts and nabbing Soundgarden’s second Grammy for Best Metal Performance.
It’s obvious that Superunknown didn’t live up to its name, turning Soundgarden into one of the most popular bands of the decade and placing at no. 38 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Albums of the ‘90s.
On March 13, the band will take the stage at the iTunes Festival during South by Southwest, playing Superunknown in its entirety for the very first time.
In honor of the 20th anniversary, Soundgarden also plans to release a “deluxe, expanded, [and] remastered” version of the album, which will hit shelves on June 3.
What’s the most memorable track from Superunknown? Is anyone going down to see them at SXSW? Sound off in the comments!