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2010 Telephantasm

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Chris Cornell and Soundgarden have reunited after 14 years and have released a career spanning compilation, Telephantasm. The album includes the previously unreleased track "Black Rain" remixed from 1991's Badmotorfinger sessions with new vocals from Cornell. The album is bundled with 1 million copies of the new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock video game and released as two different deluxe combinations on September 28. Check out their new video for "Black Rain" (directed by Metalocalypse creator Brendan Small) and the rest of their career-spanning videos.


2001 Audioslave

Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against The Machine in 2000 and Chris Cornell joined the group in 2001 under the new name Audioslave by 2002. The band released three very successful albums before dissolving due to irreconcilable differences in 2007 as Rage Against The Machine reunited for that year's Coachella music festival.


1999 Chris Cornell's Solo Career

After Soundgarden broke up in 1997, Cornell slowly began compiling songs that would become 1999's Euphoria Morning. Cornell took a break from solo recording while he was a member of Audioslave, and released two more albums before reuniting with Soundgarden: 2007's Carry On (featuring a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and "You Know My Name" from the bond movie Casino Royal) and 2009's Timbaland-produced album Scream. See Cornell's 2007 live performance for Yahoo! Music here.


1996 Down on the Upside

Down on the Upside entered the charts at number two in 1996 and the group co-headlined the sixth Lollapalooza, but broke up the following year after completing an American tour.


1994 Superunknown

Superunknown debuted at number one upon its release in 1994 and yielded the crossover hit "Black Hole Sun" which propelled sales to over three million copies and earned the group two Grammys.


1991 Badmotorfinger

The grunge explosion of the early '90s helped the band gain notoriety as 1991's Badmotorfinger released in the same month as Nirvana's surprise hit Nevermind.


1989 Louder Than Love

Soundgarden's first major-label release, Louder Than Love, became a word-of-mouth hit, earning positive reviews from mainstream publications, peaking at 108 on the charts, and earning a Grammy nomination. Following the album's fall 1989 release, bassist Hiro Yamamoto left the band to return to school. Jason Everman, a former guitarist for Nirvana, briefly played with the band before Ben Shepherd joined in early 1990.


1988 Ultramega OK

Prior to signing with A&M for Louder Than Love, the band joined SST, releasing Ultramega OK by the end of 1988. Ultramega OK received strong reviews among alternative and metal publications, fueling the decision to sign with A&M for their next album.


1987 Beginnings

Kim Thayil, Hiro Yamamoto and Bruce Pavitt were all friends in Illinois who decided to head to Olympia, WA, to attend college after high-school graduation in 1981. Though none of the three completed college, all of them became involved in the Washington underground music scene. Pavitt was the only one who didn't play--he founded a fanzine that later became the Sub Pop record label. Yamamoto played in several cover bands before forming a band in 1984 with his roommate Chris Cornell, a Seattle native who had previously played drums in several bands. Thayil soon joined the duo and the group named itself Soundgarden after a local Seattle sculpture. Scott Sundquist originally was the band's drummer, but Matt Cameron replaced him in 1986. Over the next two years, Soundgarden gradually built up a devoted cult following through their club performances.

Pavitt signed Soundgarden to his fledgling Sub Pop label in the summer of 1987, releasing the single "Hunted Down" before the EP Screaming Life appeared later in the year. Screaming Life and the group's second EP, 1988's FOPP, became underground hits and earned the attention of several major labels.

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