A fantstastic Seattle band formed in 1984 by singer Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto was replaced by Ben Shepard in 1990.
One of the Seattle Grunge Big Four, the others being Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Alice in Chains, Soundgarden are considered to be more experimental than their peers. They had a number of hits, including Jesus Christ Pose, Spoonman and The day I tried to Live, but their biggest hit was the trippy Black Hole Sun from the 1994 Multi-Platinum Superunknown album.
Their amazing lead singer Chris Cornell has a 4 octave range and is considered one of Rock's best vocalists and was at one time rummoured to replace Led Zep's Robert Plant.
Each Soundgarden album is distinctly different and more experimental than it predecessor. They started out sounding like a cross between Black Sabbath, Led Zep and Iggy and The Stooges and ended up sounding like a punk Beatles/Pink Floyd crossover.
The banded split up in 1997 and Cornell went on to release a pop solo album, Euphoria Morning. He then went on to form Audioslave with the remaining members of Rage Against The Machine and had a number of big hits. They split in 2006 and Cornell released a succesion of solo albums before reforming Soundgarden in 2010.
Drummer Matt Cameron joined Pearl Jam in 1999 but is also part of the reunion.