Chris Cornell On If Eddie Vedder Would Have Made It Had Andy Wood Lived

During a recent interview with WMMR, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was asked about Andy Wood having passed away just as Mother Love Bone was on the verge of breaking out commercially, and if had that not happened Pearl Jam never would have existed. Cornell gave his thoughts on if Eddie Vedder would still had cultural influence with his music had Pearl Jam never formed, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Yeah, the thought crossed my mind I think before. For sure, I think Eddie’s creative output would have obviously come to be in a way that affects popular culture no matter what. I can’t imagine that that wouldn’t have happened, it just wouldn’t have happened in that way. I think that’s probably a difficult thing to kind of sit and think about, when you’re close to the person that’s died, that somehow their passing has made way for another forum that becomes really important (laughs), it’s sort of tough. But it’s definitely something that I’ve thought about, I’m not going to pretend that didn’t occur to me at some point.”

He also discussed living with Andy Wood.

“The funny thing is he ended up being my roommate because I called Stone Gossard and said, ‘My brother just left, and I need a roommate. Do you want to be my roommate?’ He’s like, ‘No, that’s alright, I’m pretty happy still living at home.’ I don’t know how old we were, we were still pretty young. Then he said, ‘You should call my buddy Andy.’ I kind of knew him, a little bit. I think he was looking for a place to stay in town because there’s an island thing going on in Seattle. There’s a big difference between being on an island and being in town. So I called him, and he moved in.

It was fun, because we were sort of having a friendly competition as singer-songwriters the whole time. I had a 4-track and I would record him, we were both writing songs all of the time. He was almost the opposite of me, in terms of how he dealt with his own sort of creative output. He seemed to have no editing voice in his head at all, he was just free, and he’d kind of write and record anything, and not really analyze it too much. I was sort of the opposite, I had an editorial staff in my head, arguing about what I’m doing.

I took that definitely from him as a lesson to just chill out and be creative and let someone else judge it, or judge it later, but don’t have that sort of circumvent the process in the moment. Like starting to work on a song and being like, ‘Oh no, this probably sucks. It sucks.’ The other dangerous one: ‘This is the fucking best song anyone has ever written.’ That’s where the argument comes in, then the other voice: ‘Uh uh, no it isn’t.’ ‘Yes it is!’ ‘No it isn’t!’ Then the third voice: ‘It doesn’t have to be either of those things!'”

  • Corndog

    Your uncle Eddie was irrepressible. No way that voice was going to stay underground for long. You could already bask in his undeniable awesomeness with Bad Radio before he joined PJ. The lyrics, the power, the endearing shy-yet-extrovert-all-at-the-same-time personality, it was all there. Dude was destined to make it as a singer, and no doubt is one in all the worlds across the multi-verse.

    Remember kids, your uncle Eddie loves you.

    • Rizz

      Maybe so, but Eddie “the outspoken political activist” blurred my opinion of him. Now I have to hold on to the early 90’s version of him I dig.

      Rock stars should stick to the music, unless you’re RATM and you’re simply raging.

      • Corndog

        I take your point, but the dude is entitled to his opinion just like everyone else.

        That being said, wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been watching a PJ gig on YouTube and the words ‘just fuck up and sing already…’ crossed my mind.

        Don’t tell him i said that though….

        • Felonious Punk

          I can recall plenty of times when I would be reading a Corndog post on Alt Nation and thinking to myself “Damn, this guy really needs more Dave Grohl in his life…”

          • Corndog

            No, just no. Bad Punky, bad!

            Now go sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done.

          • Ben

            Everybody could do with a little less Grohl!

          • Felonious Punk

            You hate him cuz you ain’t him

          • Ben

            haha thats hilarious!

      • RaceDoggy

        If you actually “dig” the early 90s Eddie, you’d know he was just as much a “political activist” then at any other time since (e.g. MTV Unplugged performance, W.M.A., etc). Many of the greatest singers/musicians play with purpose. That’s a large part of what makes them great. At least be honest, and say you don’t like his “activism” b/c you simply disagree with him. Still doesn’t take away anything from the feeling and sound of his art over the last 25+ years.

      • SweetCharity

        Ed was always an activist. That’s what first drew me to Pearl Jam.

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      The Vedder would have done what he done.

      Boom out!!

    • SweetCharity

      Why are you calling him “Uncle Eddie”?

      • Corndog

        Because he’s your uncle Eddie.

        • SweetCharity

          No, he doesn’t go by that for anyone. Neil Young is Ed’s “Uncle Neil.”

          • Corndog

            He’s your uncle Eddie, he’s my uncle Eddie. He’s everyone’s uncle Eddie.

    • Felonious Punk

      Haha I remember listening to “Rearviewmirror” once when I was younger and over at my cousin’s house. Imagine how funny it was when my uncle, who looks just like Sean Connery, said to us “What is this shit? The guy sounds like he’s constipated or something..”

      • Corndog

        Bet you slapped him pretty hard after that huh?

        • Felonious Punk

          I think I finished Vs. and said to my cousin “You know, he does kinda sound like he hasn’t shit in a few days…”

          • Corndog

            Your uncle Eddie forgives you.

  • Raj

    Vedder would have fronted another band that would never been as big as PJ, even if Andy Wood lived and Mother Love Bone went on to make many more records I’m not sure they would have been as huge as PJ. These questions are just trying to force Cornell into a corner full of hypotheticals.

    • Corndog

      All hypothetical as you say, but I’m curious why you think this other band wouldn’t have been as big as PJ? I’m personally of the opinion that Eddie is the main reason PJ were so big, and they never would have been without him. I remember being at School when they hit it big. The guys wanted to be him, and the girls wanted to do him. I kinda wanted both, and I’m straight:)

      • Raj

        Chemistry is one reason, Vedder has a lot of chemistry with Stone, Jeff and Mike and I’m not sure he would have has as strong chemistry with other players. You can put a lot of great musicians together but some guys just fit together better than others.

  • Felonious Punk

    What did this guy expect Cornell to say?

    “Oh no, Eddie wouldn’t have stood a chance if Andrew hadn’t kicked. All those platinum albums, sold out tours and longevity had nothing to do with talent and everything to do with luck. Just like we’d never have gotten these groundbreaking Cobain jigsaw puzzles or hilarious conspiracy whackjobs posting on that Alt Nation site if Kurt hadn’t killed himself. It’s all luck and nothing to do with talent in the slightest.”

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Vedder have his own charming points. He may be another brilliant front man from new punk band. But I think his solo project is better. I’m get older.

  • dakotablue

    and if the queen had balls she’d be the king.