10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Soundgarden
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The band took its name from a sculpture in Magnuson Park in Seattle.
Many of the band's original fans felt Soundgarden "sold out" when it became more "metal" and less "punk" and toured with Guns N' Roses.
Lead singer Chris Cornell, who turns 50 this July, is really named Chris Boyle.
Lead guitarist Kim Thayil's parents come from the Kerala province in southern India.
Kim Thayil met Chris Cornell when they were roommates in Seattle. Thayil was studying philosophy at the University of Washington.
Founding member Hiro Yamamoto earned a Master's Degree in Physical Chemistry at Western Washington University.
Bassist Ben Shepherd worked in manual labor after high school and entered the grunge scene when he worked as a roadie for Nirvana.
Chris Cornell said he named "Superunknown" after a mistake he made. He noticed a video titled, "Superunknown" and thought, "Wow, that's a cool title." He was disappointed to find out he misread it and it was really "Superclown."