Chris Cornell’s Widow Reveals Who Was ‘Chief Architect’ Of Grunge

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Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky has revealed that her late husband was the ‘chief architect’ of the Grunge movement in a new Instagram comment.

“Our beloved @chriscornellofficial was the the chief architect of grunge movement. He was more than a voice – he created a movement.”

Alternative Nation writer Lauryn Schaffner echoed this sentiment in a January 2017 article titled ‘Why Chris Cornell Is The King Of Grunge.’ Below is the article, where Cornell is referred to in the present tense as he was still alive. We sorely miss writing about him in that context:

If there is anyone who deserves the current title of the “king of Grunge,” or “king of rock and roll,” – it’s Chris Cornell.

Perhaps one of the most distinguishable voices in rock and roll history, Chris Cornell has outdone his contemporaries in several ways.

His Range

First and foremost, his range. It’s incredibly extensive, and he implements it into many of his songs by growling deeply and belting high. “Beyond the Wheel” by Soundgarden is a great example of this, especially the live version. While Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Scott Weiland, and Layne Staley were the other main signature voices of the Grunge era and all have their own distinct vocal styles, Cornell’s range and crisp sound make his the most extraordinary.

His Lyrics

Not only is he an outstanding singer, but a gifted and poetic songwriter. From social issues to sweet songs about his daughter and family, none of his verses sound forced or nonsensical like many other singers.

He Put Grunge On The Map

Lastly, his success with multiple projects. He founded Soundgarden in the mid-80’s and they got a major label deal only a few years later, ultimately making them the first band to establish the Seattle Grunge scene, contrary to the arguments of many Nirvana fans. In 1990 he also formed Temple of the Dog to honor the late Andy Wood of Mother Love Bone. They put out one self-titled record in 1991.

His Second Act With Audioslave

After five studio albums, Soundgarden broke up in 1997, and Cornell pursued a solo career. He put out Euphoria Morning in 1999, and then founded the supergroup Audioslave with members of Rage Against The Machine in 2001. Audioslave’s overall vibe was not as dark as Soundgarden’s, but instead was energetic and aggressive rock and roll. Cornell utilized much more distortion in his singing to give the sound a more raw style, as heard in songs like “Cochise.” The pounding riffs and his iconic vocals established Audioslave as one of the most popular bands of the 2000’s. They put out three records before calling it quits in 2007.

He’s Still On Top Of His Game

After his split with Audioslave, Cornell put out two more solo records: 2007’s Carry On and 2009’s Scream. In 2011, he released the popular live album Songbook, which featured his acoustic solo performances that he still does to this day. Soundgarden reunited in 2010, and went on tour in 2011. 2012 saw the release of King Animal.

Since 2015, Chris Cornell has done more for rock than any musician in years. He fronted Mad Season’s Sonic Evolution reunion show in Seattle, he put out another solo record, Higher Truth, in the fall of 2015, touring extensively behind it for the next year, until he went on tour with Temple of the Dog in the fall of 2016 to honor 25 years of their sole album. With only eight dates, the tour sold out in minutes.

Additionally, A series of Soundgarden festival performances were announced toward the end of the year for 2017 in which will also feature bands like Metallica, Def Leppard, and Korn. Last week saw Audioslave’s first performance in twelve years, when they performed a reunion set at Los Angeles’s Anti-Inaugural Ball. And finally, Soundgarden plans to release a new album at the end of 2017.

Cornell has also done collaborations over the years with artists like Slash, Carlos Santana, Zac Brown Band, and more over in recent years.

Chris Cornell has explored various styles of rock music throughout his career, and he has made it clear that he isn’t finished yet. With over fifty singles at 52 years old, his voice, which is still going strong, prove that he is Grunge and rock’s modern king.

  • Olga Stewart
    • Raziel

      Ben’s right, too – where Pearl Jam got made fun of for being more ‘chart-friendly’ alternative, and Nirvana was definitely more chart-friendly than your average grunge act, Soundgarden was essentially best-known for being ‘the metal band on the grunge circuit’, and in my opinion their biggest contribution was being able to make that sort of thing viable for later bands, like Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots

      But you look at albums like Badmotorfinger and Superunknown, that’s 100% metal – definitely the most metal-adjacent of the Big Four of Grunge, and I remember a lot of Nirvana groupies taking pot-shots at Soundgarden for it

      One thing’s for certain though: pound for pound, best vocalist that could have ever come out of that scene

  • karen

    I would classify Chris as a rock singer more than a grunge singer. Having said that the article ends calling him rocks modern king which is much more fitting!

    • Dave Wight

      Grunge is a euphemism for garbage, he was not, he is a GOAT, Soundgarden was a Metal/hard rock band. next generation Sabbath.

  • makingconnections

    I’m sure Vicky Cornell is a real rock-out sort of woman, but still, every time she speaks of Chris’s music I remember her sitting stage-left, busy with her cell phone as he sang his heart out.

  • Christina Hurst

    I think what bothers me the most is that shes saying it. I feel like shes not allowed to be the one to say it.

  • Alternative Nation

    I deleted some comments and would prefer if people stick to the topic at hand, if they think Chris was the chief architect of Grunge/Seattle’s alternative scene, or someone else. I don’t want anybody taking personal shots at Vicky Cornell, Peter Cornell, Kim Thayil, or anyone involved in Chris’ life in the comments here.

    • Shawn Hansen

      YES!!!!! I agree 100% on this article and on what alternative nation had to say first and foremost Chris has an army/cult behind his presence on Earth and we’d like it if you didn’t attack his already morning family were coming up on his 1 year passing in 18 days please be considerate love peace and happiness to all ?✌️??❤️?

      • Olga Stewart

        I as his fan would not like to be considered either a part of an army or cult, thank you very much.

        So please just speak for yourself. Not for the rest of us.

    • You need hire an editor, the second half of your article presents itself as if Chris is still alive , college degree anyone?

      Literally ended the article with this ?‍♂️ :
      Chris Cornell has explored various styles of rock music throughout his career, and he has made it clear that he isn’t finished yet. With over fifty singles at 52 years old, his voice, which is still going strong, prove that he is Grunge and rock’s modern king.

      “he isn’t finished yet.” as much as I love soundgarden and Chris Cornell the dudes dead and unless ur peddling Tupac conspiracies

      • Alternative Nation

        bear, you may need a high school diploma. You didn’t read the intro stating the following article after the Vicky quote was written in January 2017.

        • Yea I know it’s so hard for you to edit a copy and paste from either a previous article you wrote or plagerizing someone elses at best….sloppy ?
          Makes me wanna switch to an iPhone cause Google now sent me to your crap ass website

    • Olga Stewart

      Then perhaps don’t publish articles where there is a chance of Vicky and those other people are going to be attacked?

      Just a thought.

      • makingconnections

        We’re baited all the time, but speaking of the injustice and disrespect isn’t changing anyone’s behaviour, so I’m going to give up. Wish me luck in being disciplined! This has been one sick game. Bait them…watch them freak out…be self-righteous and act as though you have nothing to do with the whole fiasco.

        • Olga Stewart

          Actually, I enjoy reading you when you are undisciplined. :).

          And I think there needs to be more of that where Chris is concerned.

          • makingconnections

            The trouble is that there’s no freedom of expression here. This deleting of posts amounts to deleting of opinions that don’t fit with a site that invites a discussion. Brett should be leaving Vicky Cornell’s ongoing journey with the analysis of her husband and their relationship, and his health, off the site, if he doesn’t want the fans honest reactions to her words.

          • Olga Stewart

            Which he won’t do.

            And that is why I don’t consider him to be a serious journalist.

          • Graffic Jam

            I love and respect freedom of speech but journalism is not about giving you a chance to respond to an article, it’s about sharing news. That was done here.

            I’m new to this site and you all seem to have a history so I won’t presume to know any background on this discussion, but journalists generally don’t even acknowledge people who read their news, let alone create a forum where readers can share most* of their opinions directly with the reporter.

          • Kay B

            Then they should wipe out all comments for every article like CNN.

          • Graffic Jam

            I understand that perspective, but I myself prefer sites like ScienceNews who simply curate their comments well and remove vitriol, whittling the comments down to nothing but substance. There are very few discussions, simply interesting people chiming in with their interesting knowledge. And not much reason to Like or Dislike comments since they’re all so neutral after the curating.

            Of course I’m glad there are comment sections like this where we can all share most of our thoughts. That serves a purpose, too. If you’re looking for a more First Amendment-oriented news site, I consider myself a news hound and still haven’t found one that’ll let you get away with everything. They all draw lines in the sand, well before the First Amendment does. Just my take! Hope you’re having a great night.

          • Kay B

            You are right. I often get my comments deleted on Fox News when I mention evolution.

          • Olga Stewart

            Then why have a comments section for each article if it’s not about us having an opportunity to share our views?

          • Olga Stewart

            On a off topic note, I thought that you might be interested in watching this video of a song about the ‘highway of tears’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2a4Zj8iQi8

            And there is also this video of the same sort of song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W69e9jDRq0

          • makingconnections

            Thank you Olga…I like Ben Rogers very much and am proud of the fact that we have musicians here ready to use their music for justice.
            First Nations women are not considered worth as much by so many in our culture. I watch some of the young girls lose their self-esteem at 12 or 14 and I honestly believe it’s because of the way they are treated and approached. Thank you Ben Rogers.

          • Olga Stewart

            You are most welcome.

            My husband is part Cree.

            So this is of importance to him as well.

        • Kay B

          What was that other article about? It was pushing the narrative once again that Chris had this huge relapse that night. And am I right? Did V say he was on benzos for his shoulder injury?

          • makingconnections

            Yes, the article is still up “Chris Cornell’s Real Reason For Getting Drugs Revealed. It Wasn’t For Anxiety.”
            Vicky Cornell states that he was given Ativan for sleep because he had an injured shoulder.
            So a year later and we are all insane. There’s deep denial by a number of people and it seems that in order to convince others of their viewpoint, a very honourable man’s memory is tampered with. I said that 1 year ago and I can’t believe I’ve been angry about the unfairness for so long. Yes, insane.

          • Kay B

            Well I am insane but not for anything dealing with this site. I am very interested to see what this Autopsy show will tell…..

          • makingconnections

            Me too…looking forward to Autopsy show and really not minding being called insane…the poor guy probably has a very difficult time “getting us’.

          • Kay B

            I’m a Joy Division fan and there is a movie about the singer Ian Curtis out titled “Control.” The actor who plays Ian is fantastic. Ian had epilepsy and would seize on stage. He had awkward dance moves and depression. He got married and had a baby girl but was seeing a fan romantically as well. The band was supposed to do an American tour but the night before he hanged himself in his kitchen. Ironically on the same date as Chris. He was afraid of flying and that Americans would make fun of his epilepsy and dancing. His wife also was asking for a divorce. He crumbled. The movie is decent, the actor is great. I think Joy Division was well ahead of it’s time. Ian’s lyrics are fantastic and he had this depressive baritone voice. You can really see and feel his pain.

          • Trovoid

            I was wearing a Soundgarden shirt and someone I knew was wearing a Joy Division shirt that same day. Of course I had to tell them that both band’s vocalists died by suicide 37 years apart to the day.

          • Kay B

            That is interesting. It only dawned on me a few weeks ago it was the same date. Sometimes my mind runs wild and I’m thinking about the migration of Monarch Butterflies, if 1000 helium balloons can really carry a small child, is there really a 5th dimension, why does the platypus have a barb that is poisonous…..and I miss more interesting facts.

          • Trovoid

            My mind is ALWAYS racing. Unfortunately it’s not always interesting facts like that. It’s usually just philosophical ruminations and other obsessions. Someone should find a kid (or a small woman) and try out that helium balloon experiment.

          • Kay B

            I stop my racing by going on Fox News and trolling Conservatives.

          • Trovoid

            That’ll do the trick. Nothing quite like arguing with simpletons.

          • Olga Stewart

            Ah but there is also this site to do that. :).

      • Alternative Nation

        If the name ‘Vicky Cornell’ or ‘Chris Cornell’s Widow’ is in the headline, there is a group that will attack her no matter what. She could cure cancer, and some crazy people would then say they loved cancer and were pissed that she cured it. Also to people saying I shouldn’t report on her, she is the representative at this point when it comes to representing and promoting Chris’ legacy. If people have disagreements with how she handles it, they should voice it in non insane and hateful ways. There’s also been some disgusting attacks against Toni Jr. on that message board.

        The nastiness in all of this has just gotten even more insane almost a year later, I thought it’d calm down. The Instagram drama with the family is getting even worse, I don’t even write about it anymore. I wish the Toni Sr. vs. Peter war would end, or at least be kept private. It’s really sad, what a terrible loss Chris’ death has been. I wish everyone left behind could find some peace, Vicky, Toni Sr., Peter, Amy etc.

        • Olga Stewart

          Then I guess it will just be more of the same

          Which is a damn, damn shame.

        • Kay B

          You are crazy to think Vic would cure cancer.

          • Trovoid

            She is cancer so she’d have to cure herself.

          • Kay B

            Nice to see you again. Actually the singer from Offspring has a degree in molecular biology or something close to that. He actually is on a team looking for a cure to cancer interestingly enough.

          • Trovoid

            How you doing Kay B, Bay B? Haha. Haven’t chatted with you for a while.

            That’s very impressive. He seriously is pretty fly for a white guy.

          • Kay B

            Ha Ha! Yea I thought that was pretty cool. I’m not a fan of their music but science rocks.

          • Trovoid

            Me neither but I can always admire a well-rounded person like that.

          • Kay B

            Snap…..

          • Trovoid

            I’m sure my comment will be deleted but I don’t care. Whether they’re trying to protect Vicky or not, it’s a waste of time to censor people.

          • Kay B

            I give it less than 24…

          • Trovoid

            Oh well, I’ll just say what I need to, dude. I heard you love that word.

          • Kay B

            Dude affects me like water affects the Wicked Witch in Oz……

          • Trovoid

            I hear you my dude-man-bro

          • Kay B

            Oh no you’re killin me…..Bro is really pretty bad too.

          • Trovoid

            Even worse.. “brah”

          • Kay B

            Bhawaaaaa…..terrible.

        • makingconnections

          It has calmed down very much. There were many, many people voicing outrage over the false narrative on this site, which is the only one I see, a year ago and months afterwards. You may wish to be the White Knight towards Vicky Cornell and that’s your right, but the truth is that you’ve contributed to the negative comments as much as we commenters have. You must realize that.

          • Kay B

            We are a group of attackers…Oooooo

          • Trovoid

            Exactly. All of these articles are just stirring the pot. Even if they claim that they are just unbiasedly reporting news, they can’t just pretend that they haven’t helped blow this all out of proportion.

          • Kay B

            Agree with both of you. They know what gets hits…..

          • Olga Stewart

            The only way for this to stop is to not publish such articles.

            Instead, you publish the articles and then cut off the comments when they go in a negative direction.

            So those of us who are trying to be reasonable about this get punished for the words of a small few.

            It’s both unfair and it feels like we are being treated as school children instead of the adults we are supposed to be.

            You can’t have it both ways.

          • HippieChic61

            Seriously? We need to not have articles published because not publishing them “is the only way” ??…and then complain that youre being treated as school children?? If not publishing an article about Vicky is the ONLY way to stop the ridiculously hateful comments about her, then I guess comments should be closed due to those with school children maturity.

          • makingconnections

            Don’t you agree that the comments, compared to what they were, are far less? They are also less attacking in nature generally.

            Do you understand that for many of us the narrative that Vicky Cornell espouses is unfair and disrespectful towards someone who can’t speak for himself?

            No one owns any other person’s memory and legacy, even though they may inherit so much else.

          • HippieChic61

            Yes, I absolutely agree that they are far less now than before! No one owns any ones legacy, however, she, being his wife, has as much if not more entitlement to have an opinion of the events that occurred.
            as a side not: I enjoy reading your comments!

          • makingconnections

            Thanks for the compliment; you didn’t need to add it and I appreciate it.
            I’ve been thinking today of what my husband would speak about if I died. He’s not careful with his words but he’s a moral person–not in a religious way but in a human way. He’d never in a million years discuss my health and expect anyone to agree with his opinion of how I passed on. I have such strong feelings regarding the publicity aspect of Chris Cornell’s life partner’s words from the moment he died until now. It actually seems immoral to me.

        • Trovoid

          There will always be people making nasty comments but the majority of us just want to discuss how we feel about Vicky manipulating the public opinion. It’s hard to watch someone speak for someone who can no longer speak for themselves. To censor all of us is to basically validate her narrative. I understand she’s grieving, and it’s downright awful that the kids have ever been attacked but we should have the right to express disagreement. The screwed up people actually verbally attacking Vicky (much like the kind I’ve seen directly abusing D’arcy) shouldn’t ruin it for the rest of us. Every type of article on here has hate spewed in some shape or form. Vicky is being extremely irresponsible and people are going to call it out on every corner of the internet (whether comments are closed here or not). So maybe she should teach her kids some internet precautions rather than the concept of “benzo delirium.” We all know the importance of mental health here. I seriously hope that Chris’ kids are educated about something like depression considering their chances of experiencing it.

        • Trovoid

          To add to my other comment, Vicky is doing a TERRIBLE job protecting her children. From having Toni sing on live tv, to fighting with their uncle Peter, to agreeing to this autopsy show. She’s gone on all of these tv programs and she and her mother have aired out all of their dirty laundry, especially at the beginning. She has publicized everything and has only made it all that much more difficult. And you guys here have only encouraged it. Chris dying was bound to be a public affair but not to this extent. What she has done has been way more harmful than some Alternative Nation comments.

    • Dave Wight

      never expunge comments. even if in poor taste let those fools be outed. No one should attack the family ever or besmirch someone posthumously. But associating Chris Cornell with Grunge is an unspeakable outrage, grunge was awful, Soundgarden was a great metal/hard rock band, an extension of Sabbath. Alice in Chains also a metal/hard rock band, they had nothing to do with that horrible movement.

      • Alternative Nation

        This site was called Grunge Report for 4 years.

        • Dave Wight

          awful name, and hopefully did not group Soundgarden, AIC or STP in that….
          Soundgarden, AIC and STP were hard rock bands promoting good music.

  • Cristiann

    It’s incredible how much music Chris was able to make over the course of three decades. He consistently put out amazing work all throughout his career imo. Not only did Chris have one of the best voices in music, but he was also a truly great songwriter and musician. Few artists are able to be that diverse and still manage to keep you interested/guessing. I really wish he were still here in the world today.

    • makingconnections

      You are such a fan and always such a nice person Cristiann (may I call you Cristiann?)

      • Trovoid

        I love Cristiann! She is a sweetheart and quite similar to myself. I like to call her Kristi like the Soundgarden song.

        • makingconnections

          She reminds me of my best friend, always trying to lift us up and move us on. She has a sweet nature; now you other the other hand–haha!! ah, you’re pretty sweet too.

          • Trovoid

            She’s seriously awesome. I’m as sweet as ipecac. Just kidding, I’m off the charts sweetness. Like a cupcake, churro and hot fudge sundae all at once.

          • makingconnections

            I have a British mother-in-law who calls children “rascally”…that’s you!

          • Trovoid

            WHAT!? How dare you.

          • makingconnections

            I know….very dark comment! (I took a personal shot at you.)

          • Trovoid

            Definition of rascal. 1 : a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person. 2 : a mischievous person or animal.

            You caught me, I am dishonest. This whole time I haven’t told you guys but I’m James Iha from the Smashing Pumpkins. Or at least that’s what I told D’arcy.

          • makingconnections

            You’re no. 2.
            MIL also calls poor housekeepers “dirty sluts”. I think of it every time I see a dust ball.

          • Trovoid

            I am a mischievous animal.

            So every time you see a dust ball you basically ask yourself, where are the dirty sluts so this can be taken care of?

          • makingconnections

            Haha, I’ll remember that, you mischievous animal!

          • Trovoid

            Keep the change, you filthy animal!

          • Olga Stewart

            We need Corndog here to make this complete. :).

          • Trovoid

            He’s the only one (from our exclusive group) missing on this thread! He’s sick of these articles and I don’t necessarily blame him so we will all have to reunite somewhere else 🙂

          • Olga Stewart

            That will be a blast. :).

          • Kay B

            Thanks now I’m hungry.

          • Trovoid

            You can have a slice of me but I don’t go for cheap. But seriously, I could go for something like that. I always crave sweets at night.

          • Kay B

            I don’t like sweets actually. I need salt. I need chips and salsa or guac….You shouldn’t go for cheap. Never sell yourself short.

          • Trovoid

            I’m a major salt lover myself.

            You’re absolutely right. I shall go back to my quest for the ultimate sugar momma. I’m too pretty to not prostitute myself.

            You’re bringing the weird out of me tonight.

          • Kay B

            I could use a sugar momma too. I have some car repairs and house repairs she could pay for. I also had a spider bite my ear the other night. This is the second time this year. My ear is now in the process of shedding it’s exoskeleton.

          • Trovoid

            Well let’s both find them together. I don’t want to work!

            Oh no, screw that. My ear was actually red and irritated earlier. Now I’m going to be thinking about spiders and bugs all night.

          • Kay B

            I don’t mind spiders. If I see one I don’t kill it. I do not like earwigs however. I used to have a praying mantis named Shirley after Shirley Manson. She was pretty cool.

          • Trovoid

            As long as they stay out of my way, I couldn’t care less. But my bed is a no-go zone. Now that’s pretty badass, Shirley the praying mantis.

          • Olga Stewart

            I hope that you never have to deal with bedbugs.

            My husband, myself, and the rest of the tenants in this building had to.

            And it was a nightmare.

            Thankfully it both got sorted and they never returned.

          • Trovoid

            I have not although I have dealt with lice before and that was a disturbing experience.

            I’m glad you sorted that out, that would be awful.

          • Olga Stewart

            I am very sorry to hear about you having had to deal with lice.

            And it’s probably just as awful as having to deal with bedbugs.

            But I do hope that you are all right now (in regards to getting rid of the lice)?

          • Trovoid

            I think my sister and one of her friends got it from god-knows-where. But I’m good. At least I think… I got phantom itches all the time after that. Fortunately I didn’t have to cut off my wavy locks 🙂

          • Olga Stewart

            I’m glad to hear that you are all right. ;).

            I too have wavy locks. And my husband wants me to continue to grow my hair out.

            But my hair is also thick. So it’s feeling a bit too heavy for me.

            Therefore, it will be getting cut.

          • Trovoid

            I understand. Also, thick hair and humidity are not a good combination.

          • Olga Stewart

            Add migraines to that and it’s a dilly.

          • Olga Stewart

            I’m like our Tortie cats: sweet and spicy. :).

      • Cristiann

        Aww, thanks ♥️ You’re really nice as well — I always enjoy reading your comments. (And of course you can, that is my name. 🙂

        • Olga Stewart

          I second it in regards to you being a great person. :).

          • Cristiann

            Aww ♥️ thanks, so are you. 🙂

          • Olga Stewart

            You’re welcome. :).

            And thank you.

  • Diane Neame

    I remember a few times, that back in the days, where Cornell didn’t classify his music, or the music of Soundgarden, as being Grunge. In latter years there was a interview where he says that if people want to connect us (soundgarden) to Grunge, well hey its OK being classed as pioneers of the Grunge movement. In the 1980s, 1990s, him and the band, didn’t want to be labeled as Grunge, when they received an award, Cornell said, they wouldn’t leave the stage until the audience said they were metal. The only connection really, is Soundgarden were a Seattle band, they had a heavier sound, than the bands, that were classified as Grunge. I have nothing against this so called Grunge music, even though I don’t really know what Grunge is. All those bands that were coming out of Seattle etc, we’re classed as Grunge, the thing is they all had there own sound, so why class a band to a genre that some of us can’t define. With all the interviews out there, it’s easy to get an idea of what the band Soundgarden was, they were a band that made music they liked, they weren’t a pacific genre. Beyond the wheel is a song I love, it has its own unique and brilliant sound. All of the music that came from him, whether it was Soundgarden, Audioslave or all of his solo work, you can’t put a label to it, his music was so diverse, from start to finish. Thank you Chris R. I. P ❤❤

  • Bru Beav

    Ummm Chris was great but let’s not pretend he was a more talented songwriter or was it a more influential band then Nirvana.

    People will remember the greatness ofof Soundgarden for a generation if not more, Nirvana on the other hand as well as Cobain will be remembered 500 years from now similar to Mozart or the Beatles. This is not a shot at Chris Cornell or Soundgarden, let’s just not diminish another band’s Legacy in the name of sentiment for another band the Lesser significance.

    Both great bands but there’s a reason Nirvana is Nirvana and Soundgarden is Soundgarden

    • Dave Wight

      He was ridiculously more talented as a singer/songwriter/musician than Nirvana, I hope you’re being sarcastic. Nirvana is arguably the worst band of all-time. Kurt as not even remotely close to Cornell in God given talent. Cobain has been forgotten in most circles as he should. The band was the result of production., awful live…..

      Cornell’s death impacted A leaguers more than Cobain’s ever has…..they know who was really talented.

      • Graffic Jam

        In response to both these comments, if the King debate is still relevant here. Neither of you mentioned it but I feel like it’s implied so forgive my assumption if it’s wrong. I don’t think it’s fair to dismiss Nirvana for their lack of depth or talent while praising Soundgarden despite their lack of global appeal. It’s not just about talent, more people simply like Nirvana, even to this day. I’m with you, I love SG much more, but to be called King of something doesn’t just require talent, it requires the universal respect that SG never got, regardless of how deserved it was. Just my spitball on this, it was fun to ponder.

        • Dave Wight

          Yes more people seem to like Nirvana which is an indictment against rock fans and making poor decisions. Soundgarden by every measure is a superior band musically and talent wise. Nirvana was produced drivel and they were a horrible live band, often out of tune and Kurt off key. I think if you are truly a King, you are above all others, CC was clearly thee most talented guy in that ERA, his voice was God given, but he could write songs with so much diversity.

      • Bru Beav

        That’s hilarious since whenever they pull musicians Nirvana and Kurt Cobain are always ranked as some of the most important influential bands of all time. Well Soundgarden Chris Cornell were great and definitely getting mentioned you’re not being honest with yourself if you think that historical perspective will ever put Soundgarden above Nirvana. That’s just not happening they just weren’t as impactful influential or nearly as good of a songwriter

        • Dave Wight

          No to bands that matter and who are A league, some might be kind of giving them credit when they deserve none. Rock fans failed Soundgarden, they migrated to the worst bands from that ERA, Nirvana and Pearl Jam are awful musically.

    • Alternative Nation

      Cobain doesn’t hold a candle to the other big Grunge guys imo. His lyrics just aren’t strong enough, every other guy was an infinitely better songwriter lyrically.

      • Graffic Jam

        When I think “King of _______” I think every King is universally accepted. King of Pop. King of Country. The King. Cornell doesn’t even come close to being accepted as such by grunge or rock fans, despite the comments on this site.

        These Kings weren’t just pioneers, they had both the talent and the universal, timeless success. I don’t think Kurt nor Chris can claim the title unanimously like the Real Kings. And as much as I love grunge, I’m not sure there is a King of it.

  • Carlo Rizzo

    I named him God of Grunge

    • Dave Wight

      Please do not, that’s a huge insult.

      • Olga Stewart

        How about we call him one of the gods of voices, as he definitely had that.

        • Dave Wight

          Among hard rock community he was known As The Voice, Steve Perry also known as The Voice…….He is one of the Gods of voices no doubt

  • BubbaClinton

    Neil Young is the father of grunge and grandfather all in one.

  • Markus Geromel

    It’s Funny that after all this Years People take this Music in Box called “Grunge”. It’s an Industry Fashon Label and not Music!!! All Bands are Masterpices of there Sounds, that’s it. Grunge is Fashon not more. And Chris Cornell (for me) is in the Hall of Fame with Singers like Freddy Mercury and others. Today i don’t know one Singer with this ‘Range’.!!!

    • Dave Wight

      Chris is GOAT, he was a singer who could do many genres, great songwriter. Grunge is a label put on bands by the media without really having much substance. Soundgarden was simply a great hard rock band.

  • DanSwon

    I think she’s probably right. He was doing it from ’84/85. He’s the only one of the ‘big four’ that was doing that kind of stuff that early, and the only one of the early grunge frontmen that went on to have significant mainstream success. Plus, he had it all – the look, the voice, the guitar playing, the heaviness, the songwriting chops. He really was one in a million, and I still feel sad every time I think about it.

  • john

    I like Chris Cornell, he was awesome. However, he made great records, but
    Nirvana made history…

  • Daryll Hurst

    Watch the movie about Smart Studios. Grunge derived from tapes of Midwest bands making it out to Seattle. Killdozer and Die Kreuzen had just as much influence on “grunge” as Chris had…maybe even more.

  • Dncn Bishop

    Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky has revealed that her late husband was
    the ‘chief architect’ of the Grunge movement in a new Instagram comment.

    “Our beloved @chriscornellofficial was the the chief architect of
    grunge movement. He was more than a voice – he created a movement.”

    You seem to have trouble understanding the difference between ‘reveal’ and ‘claim’, Brett. It’s not difficult, but absolutely beyond you.

    • makingconnections

      Oh I think he knows…it’s sort of his quirky thing with this site, that I believe he does for fun.

    • Alternative Nation

      She is revealing that Chris was the chief architect, obviously in her opinion. The word ‘reveal’ seems to do better with internet algorithms than ‘claim.’ Pretty much all of my headlines on here are tailored to Google and Facebook algorithms.

      • Dncn Bishop

        You do understand that ‘reveal’ is only applicable to facts, right? What Vicky Cornell is doing is ‘revealing’ what her opinion is, not revealing whether he was or not. If I say Alternative Nation titles are poorly written, am I revealing it? No, I’m revealing what my opinion is. It’s basic stuff. Google and Facebook algorithms are all well and good, but if it’s at the expense of inaccurate titles and grammatical errors, then why not just go the whole hog and put all of the top SEO words in the title?

  • Michael McKinley
  • Dave Wight

    No one should want Chris Cornell, one of the greatest singers and one of the best songwriters in rock history, to be referred to as the King of Grunge, that is like being referred to the King of bowel movements. Soundgarden was not grunge, they were hard rock/heavy metal. They should not be affiliated with the garbage put out by the B leaguers from Seattle like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. He may have led to Seattle music being recognized, but he did not lead that awful movement. He played in a real hard rock band, Grunge is another word for garbage.

  • Dave Wight

    Bruce Dickenson might I add, thinks Soundgarden was Metal and if he thinks that, then we all should. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzKHq6hcGqI

  • Kay B

    It sounds like Chris didn’t care about labels.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-g8nhjG2XE

  • Kay B

    Chris still doesn’t seem to care for labels here either.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OoqU_ijui4

  • kylepetty

    Wow! I’m so glad Vicky Cornell has ‘revealed’ who the chief architect of grunge was. It was such a burning question in my mind that I was losing sleep. Thank God that there is someone (who wasn’t involved in the Seattle 80’s/90’s music scene at all) who has been able to shed some light on the matter.

    This isn’t attacking Vicky in any way whatsoever. Just pointing out the ridiculousness of alternative nation. Seems pretty stupid that a site that covers artists who were at the forefront of original, creative and innovative expression would operate with such little integrity.