Soundgarden, The White Stripes, and Rage Against The Machine are up for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and many fans are extremely happy about this. Soundgarden’s second nomination seems different than the first nomination. In fact, Soundgarden‘s Kim Thayil was not even aware about this ahead of time when he learned about the band’s second Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination because he has been very busy on a secret project.
Thayil is currently working with 3rd Secret, a band that includes Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and others; as noted by him, he said the band are “in the studio doing a little bit of writing and recording. I think that’ll kind of continue as long as that’s fun for us and rewarding, and it has been. It’s the same sort of situation — someone has ideas, ‘Hey Kim, Matt, come here. I want to show you my song. What do you think of it? Do you want to play it? Do you have any ideas?’ — just the way Soundgarden was like, really.”
Via Billboard, In 2020, Soundgarden were up for nomination and Thayil says that taught him — along with surviving bandmates drummer Matt Cameron and bassist Ben Shepherd — about the regard and relevance the band enjoys nearly four years after it ended in the wake of frontman Chris Cornell‘s suicide following a concert in Detroit.
He said: “What was cool about (2020) was just the recognition of the acknowledgement. If you’re involved with your bandmates and fellow musicians in your peer group, you can sometimes get isolated from the general historical context of how the band has evolved and became part of the broader community of music and musicians.”
The band didn’t expect that they would still have pull.
He continued: “So I think that acknowledgement and that recognition was a reminder that, hey, they work that you did with your partners was part of a continuity and a history of music. That’s kind of cool.”
Kim Thayil did say that the band owed most of the help to Cornell who helped Soundgarden get some appreciation of the Rock Hall after he inducted Seattle rock precursors Heart in 2013. Je said: “He lived the experience and said the enthusiasm of the fans was eye-opening for him, and understanding how important that was… And Matt seconded it. And I think that’s always been a context in which Soundgarden would understand its work; we always wanted to be the kind of band for our fans that we looked up to and inspired us.”
Soundgarden joins nominees – Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Missy Elliott, Iron Maiden, JoyDivision/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, The Spinners, A Tribe Called Quest, The White Stripes and Warren Zevon.