On the eve of the release of King Animal, Soundgarden recently sat down for a Q&A with Rolling Stone, where the band spoke with the magazine about its reunion, what’s changed since the last time Soundgarden was together and the new album. The question of the band’s legacy came up, and this is what Ben Shepherd and Chris Cornell had to say:
RS: Chris used the word “legacy” before. What do you think of as the Soundgarden legacy?
Shepherd: I actually don’t like that word. Kim’s the one who started saying it. I always get worried about that word – I’ve never looked it up, so I don’t know what it means.
Cornell: We have a musical legacy: the albums, the music, the songs. The interpretations belong to the people who listen to them. The fans own the records and listen to them and love them. It becomes the soundtrack to some part of their lives and we don’t control that. To me that’s what’s exciting about what we do. You create this little Frankenstein monster of a song or an album and then it wanders off around the world, going “Arrrrgggh, fire,” and does whatever it’s gonna do – murders the townspeople, whatever. I can’t stop it.
Shepherd: Goes to the prom, makes a fool of itself.
Read the whole Q&A here.