10 thoughts on “Temple of the Dog – Say Hello 2 Heaven”

  1. I would have loved so much to have a voice like that. His life came to a bad end, but I hope that he had periods where he could appreciate the immense talent for singing that he had.

  2. I'm unsettled by Cornell's death (vs. saddened by Prince's).

    Given the surprise by family, I wonder if there's any similarity to Michael Hutchence's death.
    I want to know more, but I don't want to read any more. Including speculation as unfounded as my own.

    Frustrated that the music of my youth is now going to be reevaluated and reinterpreted under this "and he ended up killing himself" filter.

    Weird, I just re-read Pitchfork's review of the Batmotorfinger rerelease last weekend.

    1. I had listened to Badmotorfinger the day before the news broke. This isn't a hugely rare thing for me, as this was the first CD I owned and Soundgarden were a band I stuck like glue to until the breakup, but it was still odd timing.

      I wondered too about auto-erotic asphyxiation. A friend of mine went that way back in late 1996, just a couple of months into college (for me; he was two years younger).

      Cornell's death would have hit me hard as hell like Prince's, had it been some years ago. I guess he's been so on the fringes of my interests for so long, it's more like a dull pain. But god, that voice.

      1. Still just sad. All day I had this song and "Fell on Black Days" running through my head. We had a musician play at our joint Thursday night, and in the morning I texted him and asked him to play some Soundgarden. He played 3 songs, and we had a group sitting around, tasting some Beaver Island brews (tap takeover) and we just swapped stories about Chris. One helluva singer and songwriter. So sad for his family. I think spooky has nailed what happened. There seems to be few leading indicators that he was overly depressed (any more than the typical Seattle musician).

        As I was surfing the interweb the other day, I saw that they did a few Temple of the Dog reunion shows. Wished I could have caught one.

        Rest in Peace.

        1. That was the one that jumped into my head as well.

          A friend's mother wouldn't let her buy Superunknown because it had a song called "Like Suicide," which she worried was a glorification from one who was a suicide risk. I found this to be ridiculous at the time. Twenty years later, Cornell proved the mother to be half right, unfortunately.

          1. I remember someone's Core (Stone Temple Pilots) taken away because of the songs "Dead and Bloated" followed by "Sex Type Thing"
            My dad asked me questions about the Breeders when he saw their name on the cover of Last Splash.
            Another friend had to steal back from his mom the booklet of Tool's Undertow that I had lent him and she found and confiscated. That one, I understood.

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