was born on September 4, 1960 in Seattle, Washington. He is best known as the guitarist
for Seattle-based grunge band
Soundgarden, which he founded with Chris Cornell
and Hiro Yamamoto
He was named 100th best guitarist
of all time
by Rolling Stone Magazine.
was the second most
important song writer for Soundgarden. Writing and co-writing songs such as, Jesus Christ Pose, My Wave, Limo Wreck, Superunknown, and Never the Machine
was definitely the driving force behind Soundgarden's success. He was typically characterized by heavy riffing, and was cited among other grunge guitarists as an influence and a pioneer of the "Seattle Sound."
During the last recording sessions of Soundgarden's "Down on the Upside", Thayil
and Chris Cornell
had a disagreement. Thayil
thought that the band
to focus of their heavy-riffing, which was the band
's signature trademark, but Cornell
wanted more prominent vocals. Neither one could come
to a compromise, and in April of 1997, Soundgarden disbanded. Thayil
did participate in making a "best of" album called "A-sides."
fan: "Hey dude, did you hear Jonny Greenwood's digital
delay effect in the song "Bones"??
Soundgarden fan: "Yeah, it was really good, but I think "Limo Wreck", by Kim Thayil
is way better. That song has one of my favorite riffs ever in any song."