St. Vincent is making her directorial debut with The Birthday Party, part of the horror anthology XX, which hits theaters and video on demand this Friday. In a new interview with Vulture, St. Vincent discusses the influence Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” had on the film. “That video really stuck with me,” she said of the song’s bizarre MTV staple music video. She also reveals that she originally wanted the song on the soundtrack the movie’s closing scene: “I was trying to get a hold of Chris Cornell to see if I could license the song for the film, but I didn’t have any luck,” she said.
In a new Music Radar interview, Chris Cornell was asked if Jack Endino could be involved with Soundgarden’s new album.
“He’s always on our list. I don’t remember a time when his name wouldn’t come out there in terms of recording or production.”
“I think with Soundgarden, the idea of a producer has always been a little bit abstract, because we really started using producers mostly when we were making major-label albums. It was a big investment by the label, but we’d just make friends with them, and then we would never do anything they said – we’d never include any of their ideas. And they were in a position really of just being an engineer and that was it. And there was mostly a role of engineer when it came to producers pretty much straight through our entire career.”
“So, really, I think, for me, a lot of it comes down to, ‘Who’s going to make it sound the way we want to sound’, not ‘who’s going to be included in any other choice’, for example song choices, song arrangements, song edits – things that producers do.
“Not only do we not need that, but I think it’s a really bad idea. I think that we have four people with a pretty good idea of what the band should sound like, and between us all, with our input, we get what we need to get.”
He later said regarding the new album, “We have a lot of interesting songs – sort of similar in that nothing really sounds like anything we’ve done before, and there’s definitely new territory, but it definitely sounds like us. That’s what I’m doing today, as soon as we hang up.”