Evan Schiller didn’t know Chris Cornell very well — when it came down to it, few people really did — but the drummer for the ’90s Seattle band Sadhappy cherishes one particular memory of the late Soundgarden frontman. It was December 1991, and their mutual friend Soozy Bridges was throwing a party at her beachfront … More »
Nashville country star Eric Church is apparently a grunge fan. He covered Pearl Jam’s “Better Man” during a recent show outside Seattle, and last night in Washington, DC, he paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell by covering Johnny Cash’s version of Soundgarden’s “Rusty Cage.” Watch below. More »
The Detroit News has obtained a police report detailing the hours before and after Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s death early Thursday morning. According to the report, Cornell’s bodyguard, Martin Kirsten, found the singer unresponsive on his hotel room’s bathroom floor just at about 12:15 am, “with blood running from his mouth
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My favorite footnote about Soundgarden is that producer Michael Beinhorn reportedly had Chris Cornell listen to Frank Sinatra before recording “Black Hole Sun,” which was indirectly followed years later by a Paul Anka cover of the generation-defining hit. People make a big deal about the song’s Beatlesque sonics, but the Beatles mostly had some economy … More »
Chris Cornell, singer and frontman of Audioslave and singer for Soundgarden, was found dead in a Detroit hotel room early Thursday morning (May 18th). Cornell, 52 at the time, has allegedly committed suicide by hanging. Since his divorce in 2004, Chris Cornell has struggled with depression and drug addiction. While most people know Cornell from
Soundgarden’s 1988 album, Ultramega OK, will be reissued by Sub Pop in March, and today the band debuted an early version of “Beyond The Wheel.” It’s one of six early recordings that will appear on the album’s remixed, expanded edition. This version was recorded in 1987 on an 8-track by Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek … More »
Chris Cornell and Sting performed together at the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation’s ROCK4EB! event in Malibu last night. Introduced by Brad Pitt, they played a few songs including the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” and Audioslave’s “Like A Stone.” Watch some clips from the evening below. More »
Westworld, HBO’s latest blockbuster drama, recently wrapped up its first season. There’s a lot to love in the Science Fiction/Western hybrid aside from its thrilling battle scenes and numerous shocking twists. Among the series’ many subtle strengths is its compelling musical score, arranged by Game of Thrones‘ composer Ramin Djawadi, whose presence in Westworld is immediately apparent in the sonic similarities between the two shows’ opening themes.
While Djawadi contributes a number of original compositions to the Westworld score, one of its most satisfying facets is the extensive array of covers he integrates into the score. Djawadi transforms a diverse catalogue of classic songs from the past several decades into minimal piano covers and crescendoing symphonic arrangements — something which viewers likely first noticed when Djawadi accompanied the series’ first major battle scene with an epic orchestral version of The Rolling Stones‘ seminal classic, “Paint It, Black.”
The Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” are among some of Djawadi’s most notable covers within the show, as are his revisions of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Something I can Never Have” and Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black.” However, the act which seems to have inspired the composer most significantly in his scoring for the program is Radiohead. Djawadi’s score includes three covers from the band throughout the series’ course: “Motion Picture Soundtrack,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” and “Exit Music (For a Film)”, from the albums Kid A, The Bends, and OK Computer, respectively.
Though fans may have to wait until 2018 for the second season of Westworld (no official release date has been provided as of yet), Djawadi’s masterfully-scored soundtrack for the first season is available below to stream in full.