Soundgarden was one of the most most successful and popular grunge bands of all time.
It was formed by drummer and vocalist Chris Cornell and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. They were also joined by guitarist Kim Thayil. Cornell later moved onto guitar and vocals when drummer Scott Sundquist joined the band, but was replaced 2 years later by Matt Cameron.
They survived through band member's leaving and being replaced, along with certain drug addictions. They broke up in 1997 after Chris Cornell began trying to leave their "heavy" sound that defined them. The final nail in the coffin was when bassist Ben Shepherd threw his bass and stormed off stage after equipment failure.
Though they were commonly overshadowed by Nirvana, Soundgarden was a pioneer of grunge music.
Chris Cornell (or Christopher Boyle, his birth name) was born July 20, 1965.
He was the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog.
He grew up in Seattle, Washington (considered to be the birthplace of grunge). He developed an obsession for the Beatles during his early years. During his teenage years he developed a case of depression. He spent most of this time alone at his house; drinking, playing drums, and playing guitar.
He went on to help form Soundgarden in 1984. He originally played drums and sang, but ended up playing guitar and singing. After Soundgarden's breakup in 1997, he went solo. In 2001 he formed Audioslave with the former instrumentalist's from Rage Against the Machine. Audioslave broke up in 2007.
Chris Cornell's cynical view on everyday life and his cryptic vocals give me chills.