Soundgarden - Louder Than Love (1989) (1 Viewer)

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Jaysus. 1989. I became obsessed with this record after seeing Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil interviewed by Vanessa Warwick on Headbanger's Ball. They were eating apples and being cheeky, then they played the Hands All Over video and I was sold. Listened to the LP again last night. Still great.

A year or two after this came out I used to buy anything Soundgarden-y that came in to Freakout Records on South William St. One day I went and and they told me that they'd got something really good in, and they dramatically revealed a cheap looking joke-shop battery operated hand and wrist. It had Soundgarden - Hands All Over clumsily stamped on it and was priced at £15. I told them that there was no way I was paying £15 for a stupid hand. "But we got it in for you. You have to buy it." I repeated that there was no way I was paying £15 for a stupid hand. As I left the shop, I heard one of them saying "you'll be back". I never bought the hand. Did any of you? Ebay gold now, I reckon.

They were such dicks in that shop.
 

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The story put about was that Hiro, the old bass player, wrote lyrics for that song on a scrap of paper and Cornell decided to sing the note from his girlfriend scrawled on the back of it instead.

I don't think I can listen to this album again for a few days, especially not 'I Awake'. I know what the lyrics are really about but, y'know, taking on new meaning and all that.
 

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I was on the road a few days ago and gave it a run on the headphones. As a precursor, it's kinda always been my least liked of their records. The bass isn't mixed great at all,Chris isn't recorded well. Got into the soundscapes a lot more, it's very textured. They more or less reverted to power trio for badmotorfinger but there's a lot of guitar space on this that didn't reappear till superunkown. Think I'm biased on this one. I prefer king animal and although I like what hiro Yamamoto does, I'm more into the Ben shepherd era. Gonna say 3/5- I've heard blistering live versions of some of these (Gun made an amazing live b-side to something from DOTU). +++For the jam vibe, the sarcasm and the wierd riffs ----for the recording

Contemplating Chris Cornell and listening to a lot of SG this week. It's not nice to say but he wrote wonderfully about depression, doubt, anxieties. Some of it makes tough awkward listening in context. Some of it is beautiful. Once they figured out to record him, what a voice!
 

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(Gun made an amazing live b-side to something from DOTU).

I think that was the Burden In My Hand single. The 'Gun' B-side is from a gig at the Whisky that might have been recorded for a live video but never officially released - I got it as an Italian bootleg called Fortissimo. The whole show (or maybe shows, I think it was edited from two sets at the same venue) is great, Beatles and Spinal Tap covers and everything.
 

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I think that was the Burden In My Hand single. The 'Gun' B-side is from a gig at the Whisky that might have been recorded for a live video but never officially released - I got it as an Italian bootleg called Fortissimo. The whole show (or maybe shows, I think it was edited from two sets at the same venue) is great, Beatles and Spinal Tap covers and everything.

Just looked it up on Discogs - not a Beatles cover on this one, but Spinal Tap's 'Big Bottom' and a Cheech and Chong song. It was released on video as Louder Than Live.
 

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Marc Maron did his usual WTF episode repost of someone who has died. Chris sounds chipper and give a good perspective on the whole Seattle thing. Nice to hear proper, knowledgable discussion on the early days and how Soundgarden fit into it. He give an interesting opinion on Mother Love Bone and how they could have actually saved Rock.
Find it here
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Marc Maron did his usual WTF episode repost of someone who has died. Chris sounds chipper and give a good perspective on the whole Seattle thing. Nice to hear proper, knowledgable discussion on the early days and how Soundgarden fit into it. He give an interesting opinion on Mother Love Bone and how they could have actually saved Rock.
Find it here
http://wtfpod.libsyn.com/rss

that link just comes up as a bunch of code.
 

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halfway through my first spin of this and liking it way more than I expected. I wasn't gonna bother cos I wasn't that mad on the last one that appeared here. I've never heard any other Soundgarden than that (and now this).

Ideal listening for a nice day and his voice comes across great. Sort of reminds me of something I can't fully place (maybe Ozzy Osbourne in places). Have a slight worry I might get sick of it before the end and I have little doubt I won't come back to it after a few listens for album club. Still, expectations were low and they've been exceeded.
 

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