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Soundgarden/Badmotorfinger(1991)

This review comes as an Request from Stick It In Your Ear follower ROBBO!

So as the  musical world tries to wrap its brain on what went down in Detroit. I think it would be a great time  to talk about a pretty decent heavy slab of Rock in the form of Badmotorfinger which was released on October 8th 1991.

Soundgarden I had read about in magazines(early 1990’s) like RIP who championed their cause as a band to watch at the  time. For myself I obviously knew the name but it wasn’t until I was cruising around in my buddy Oink’s car that in his cassette deck he was blasting something that wasn’t Ozzy or Maiden. 

I asked him “who is this?” as the sonics sounded heavy but in a cool kind of way as the rhythm of the drums sounded like a battering ram to the noggin while the guitars were mixed loud! Here come the late great Chris Cornell laying down a vocal like I had never heard. Cornell’s vocals sounded street tough but distinct and as a bonus I could understand him as his vocal delivery  was as loud as the band itself. I have often said I was amazed that Cornell didn’t toss a lung when he sang….

Speaking of which the first Soundgarden  song I had ever heard that night in Oink’s car was Jesus Christ Pose!

This was I believe in late 91. Of course Muchmusic started playing Soundgarden videos like Outshined and Rusty Cage so my curiosity level was tweaked even more.

Early 1992 I was onboard with Soundgarden(purchased Badmotorfinger) and for me they were a cut above everyone else and that was due to Cornell’s voice.

We all know the landscape for music changed as well in 1992 (no need to go there again) but I myself being from the 80’s Hard Rock club was intrigued by this new sound and by summer of 1992 I did own a copy of Nirvana’s Nevermind as well as Pearl Jam’s 10 album but for me it was Soundgarden I always went back to even with the followup releases like the classic 1994 release Superunknown and 1995’s Down On The Upside.  Those two albums are worth the time!

Hell I even purchased the A-Sides Greatest Hits compilation as it had tracks I had not heard.(I reviewed A-Sides a while back) and one of my Best Friends Metal Todd secured me a copy of the King Animal release  a few years back(2012) as well!(King Animal is a very good album one you all should check out but for some crazy reason no one talks about. Than again if it came out in 1997 people would be all over it)

Badmotorfinger through it’s 12 tracks(57 plus minutes if music) forged and created a sound I had at the time not had heard ever.

Perhaps the term “Impact” should be used here!

Drummer Matt Cameron plays all over the map but in a tight military like fashion with his snare drum blasting off rounds after rounds of  pure greatness.

Kim Thayil was no poster boy in the looks department but he could inner channel Sabbaths Tony Iommi  with big heavy dirty grimy power riffs and it’s all about the tunes not the image back in 92 correct? Thayil fits the bill to a T! Searching With My Good Eye Closed would fill the void of a Sabbath like sound. This song just oozes and limps its way to mass destruction.

Bassist Ben Sheppard plays like a mad scientist with a ton of groovy demonic like bass lines and the tone from Hell!

Special mention must be made to producer Terry Date who harnessed all this energy in and pushed the record button! Kudos Sir!

BadMotorfinger even though it never came close to the sales of Nevermind and 10 in 92 it still held its own and still sold and of course a few years later in 94 that would change when Superunknown went though the roof in sales as that was due to the songs and roadwork put forth by the touring on the Badmotorfinger release.

Speaking of Superunknown. Last year I challenged a few of you’s to put down your all time Top 20 albums. It was tough but sitting in my Top 20  was Superunknown and how could it not be. Limo Wreck has to be my fav tune on there and someday I will get around to reviewing Superunkown as well! Such a classic!

Last year in 2016 Soundgarden released a super-duper deluxe of Badmotorfinger which included a classic 1992 show from Seattle on this tour and it’s a full on 90 minute classic show with a band that is on fire and its a great piece of rock history! It’s noisy at times trashy but Cornell holds it all together with his voice or should I say Chris harnesses it all in…..So good… check it out folks! I posted the video from this show of Jesus Christ Pose….Crank it! This live clip shows you the   juggernaut that these guys were ….I think there must have been at least 20 stage dives by members in the crowd during this song alone!

Soundgarden back in late 91 made a fanboy out of me and I’ll never admit to being a diehard but vocally Cornell on the studio releases he  never sang half assed always at full throttle.

Give it up for the man and rest easy Chris…

 

Pearl Jam/09/09/2005 Fort William Gardens/Tbay

Yup! PJ showed up! Played Tbay! In one of the biggest Blunders in Rock N Roll History I did not go! My Bad and a Rock N Regret if there was ever one!

But faithful  Stick It In Your Ear reader Robbo( whose the biggest PJ Fan I know) attended and being the Diehard he is gave me a soundboard recording of that nights show!( Stayed tuned folks as Robbo is gonna drop down some  words of PJ wisdom at this site shortly in his own Bloggo Robbo Post!)

My first thought when I dumped this show onto my iPod was the mindblower that this show was coming direct from the Old Dump (Fort William Gardens) and it was actually a recording from Tbay!

Folks! If your reading this from other parts of the world (Thanks) but seriously I can’t recall anyone doing this when they play Tbay. I know PJ record all there shows for the fans as souvenirs and what better way than to have that nights memento from the show you just seen!

I’m not even gonna bull shat anyone and announce to the  world that I know and own everything about PJ. Of course I own 10 , Vitalogy, BackSpacer and a couple of soundboard  shows….

So other than the fact that PJ is a top-notch live band I have taken some notes and gonna share some thoughts for you’s out there .

Before we proceed how about a shoutout to PJ themselves..Eddie Vedder,Stone Gossard,Jeff Ament,Matt Cameron and Mike McCready by all intent and purposes blew the doors off the Old Dump known as the Gardens that Friday Night ..

Musings and Observations From The Audio Portion..

1- PJ live is a beast and if you’re a diehard you know that right!? The Songs are played tighter than Pat Benatars Spandex circa 1981 and it’s also real noticeable that the guitars live are clean sounding (McCready and Gossard) ditch the whole Seattle mopey guitar sound of the early 90s and jam it out with a real cool tone.

2-Eddie Vedder says a few things and their classic like ” Thunder Bay is the smallest show of the tour and the hottest. By the way how the fuck do you play hockey in here?” Vedder also talks about the importance of neighbours as in Canada helping out New Orleans which was submerged in water at the time(2005) as Eddie says his own country turned there backs on their own but Tbay even sent a boat out to aid in supplies sent to New Orleans. The funniest line is  as Vedder says ” I may be getting old but I can still fuck like a jack rabbit” Ha!

3-PJ toss in a cover of the Police’s Driven To Tears which in itself is a great track and PJ plays this tune brilliantly! I mentioned this to Robbo at what a great song this was and how PJ perfectly executed it live. Robbo said a lot of people in the crowd were like “Whut??!!” Not knowing it was an actual cover tune! Robbo we are officially Old Farts!

4-Even Flow is a Monster of a track! Gone is the grunge sound of the guitars and in its place is a clean vibrant sound not if that makes sense. McCready takes over and jams a real bunch of great riffs while Stone,Jeff and Matt hold down the Fort and I  could picture Eddie hanging off the ceiling and climbing around the Gardens like he does in the Alive video. I have no idea if this actually happened….sorry i’m tripping out…..

5-Save You is a real good track! Vedder is one of the few that can drop F Bombs galore during the chorus but it adds to the song and he makes F Bombs sound classy..hahaha…Fuck You If You Only Hear What You Wanna Hear! … Ament just assaults his Bass like there’s no tomorrow!

6- Rockin In The Free World is a 8 minute jam out with opening act Supersuckers and there’s even a little fellow (Ed’s kid? ) who almost steals the show….Classic

7-Woulda…Coulda….Shoulda….Went!

Set List From TBay…

Present Tense

Corduroy

Save You

Animal

Given to Fly

Cropduster

Even Flow

Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

Light Years

Lukin

State of Love and Trust

Down

Driven to Tears
(The Police cover)

JeremyBreakerfal

Porch

Encore:
Nothingman
I Am Mine
Black
Alive

Encore 2:
Last Kiss
(Wayne Cochran cover)
Rockin’ in the Free World
(Neil Young cover) (with Supersuckers)
Yellow Ledbetter