Zero Chance: The Hopefully Not Embarrassing Return of SoundgardenThe two tracks I’ve heard sounded pretty great. Nervous as hell myself, but I love those guys, they were amazing live last year, and despite Cornell’s solo career, I still have faith they wouldn’t record anything stupid. Even if they did, I’ll listen to Superunknown 20 more times to get the bad taste out of my mouth.
Sometimes you just need to allow yourself to get excited about a thing even if you suspect that, once it arrives, the thing won’t be as exciting as it was in your mind. I’m talking about the forthcoming album, King Animal, by Soundgarden. Before reuniting, they had been broken up for fifteen years. This will be their first album since 1996.
I have been a Soundgarden fan since I was eleven. I bought Superunknown from an overpriced CD store called Record Town in Meadowbrook Mall. The woman who rang me up for this CD was also a substitute teacher who taught one of my classes regularly. I didn’t understand how a teacher could be a teacher and also work at a record store. But I developed a crush on her that day. I hoped she’d notice the haircut I’d just gotten at Mario’s a few stores down. And she did notice, once I said,
“I just got a haircut at Mario’s.”
“Hey, looks good!” she said. “New haircut, new CD, it’s a great day for you.”