Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil was recently interviewed on 100.7 WMMS on The Alan Cox Show, here are some notes from the interview.
On new music stars being found on the internet: “There are a few different things that can be appraised there, one is you’re discovering a great talent, or the other one is the novelty of it all. Like that Gangnam Style guy, I imagine there’s an element of novelty in that. Of course with Justin Bieber you have a guy that has some talent but also looks good on a girl’s wall. I’m guessing young girls and their Bieber posters, they have them for a reason.”
On Soundgarden’s reunion: “It’s certainly not about the money, it really is a matter of pride and the legacy. We would like to perceive ourselves in the way that we perceived the bands that we loved when we were growing up, the way we felt about the Ramones or Sabbath or the MC5 or Pink Floyd. It’s like okay, well this is the way we’ve been for 13 years, and now it’s been neglected, we need to pay attention to this. I mean people are having kids, our friends have kids, that’s what kind of brought it to our attention. We have friends saying ‘hey my kid’s learning bass, or he’s in jazz band, he’s really into Soundgarden or Nirvana, we went and picked up some Nirvana shirts the other day at the store and we couldn’t find any Soundgarden,’ it’s like oh jeez. Those are the issues that brought it to our attention, the fact that there are people who are fans but had a hard time finding stuff about us. I mean you could find Superunknown and Badmotorfinger those records are everywhere, but some of the earlier records were out of print like the Sub Pop record.”