Chris Cornell stated in a new interview with The Sun that Soundgarden’s new album is groundbreaking and as vital as anything they’ve ever done. Cornell also called out modern day music’s shortcomings, like Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has in recent interviews. Here are some excerpts:
“I’ve always believed that rock music benefits from an obstacle,” says the Seattle native.
“The worst rock is made when everybody loves rock, like in the late Eighties. That’s the only time hard rock has been the biggest-selling genre of music — and it was mostly crap.
“The Seattle scene was the antithesis of that. Soundgarden was very instrumental in creating that shift.
“We were one of the first bands to be held up and looked at, where the engines of commercial rock thought, ‘This is the future. This band or bands like it can be selling millions of records’.
“A big reason grunge became so big so fast is because people were so sick of what was out there.
“It’s the same thing now. You have a better chance of a very healthy and vital rock scene coming out today because there’s something to react against.
“Contemporary pop music couldn’t be any worse than it is now. The one bright spot was Adele having the biggest-selling record of last year. They’re actually songs and she can really sing.
“So obviously the biggest market still responds to a human being creating music.”
Cornell says: “The one way we stood out is that we weren’t one of those bands that was easy to get. I think every band from the Seattle scene was pretty easy to figure out. But we were extremely diverse and we could do it authentically, which is not easy to do.
“I think the one thing that’s been overlooked is that we covered a lot of territory.
“In terms of an overwhelming commercial acceptance, that hurts you. But in terms of longevity and having a lasting impact that’s legitimately culturally important, it helps you.
“We stand alone outside of genres. We’re not like anybody else. We can’t be imitated.”