Soundgarden Guitarist Kim Thayil Discusses Rock Hall Nomination and Unreleased Music
Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has responded to the band being Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Nomination. In addition, the musician considered possibilities for future Soundgarden reissues as well as unreleased material from the group with vocalist Chris Cornell.
Calling the Rock Hall nomination important “for the legacy of Soundgarden,” Thayil discussed the nomination that finds the Seattle band on the 2020 ballot among other rock heavyweights such as Judas Priest, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails and more. But while Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell‘s 2017 death had legally “stalled” work on the band’s final material, the guitarist discussed the future of unreleased material and reissues.
“Well, there’s still catalog issues to address,” Thayil told Billboard Tuesday (Oct. 15). “There’s still things we want to release — old tapes, some live performances. So in that regard there is a current concern. But also looking back in terms of the legacy, something like this nomination is important. I never had a chance to look back like that and understand it in this way, in terms of the legacy and the body of work we’ve completed to this point.”
Citing the absence of a public release of 1990’s Louder Than Live — the concert album captured at Hollywood’s storied Whisky a Go Go issued on home video that same year — the guitarist discussed other Soundgarden material that could eventually emerge. That includes a probable anniversary redux of the live record’s parent album.
“The Louder Than Love album just passed its 30 anniversary,” Thayil said. “We were very busy this year with other anniversary releases and, of course, the Artists Den release, but Louder Than Love will get a special package, probably to celebrate its 31st anniversary. And I think we’d like to put the Louder Than Live album out; It was released promotionally back in the day but never available commercially.”
He continued, “There’s stuff we recorded back in the early days with Sub Pop, just low-budget eight-track stuff we did with Jack Endino that never came out. In terms of stuff we’re working on, that’s kind of static right now. At some point we hope to work on that and complete the material we were writing.”
Soundgarden’s breakthrough Superunknown celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. The Artists Den release Thayil referenced above is live concert film and album Soundgarden: Live from the Artists Den, released earlier this year.
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Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Nominees
The Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame has announced their Nominees for 2020. They are as follows:
Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy and Whitney Houston are up for the honor for the first time. Returning nominees are Depeche Mode (two previous noms), Judas Priest (nominated for Class of 2018), Kraftwerk (nominated five previous times), MC5 (nominated four times before), Nine Inch Nails (nominated two times before), Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (three previous nominations) and Todd Rundgren (nominated for Class of 2019).
AThe 35th annual induction ceremony takes place on May 2, 2020.
The RRHOF Class of 2020 is decided by an international body of more than 1,000 voting members, but fans can impact the vote: Starting Oct. 15 and running through 11:59pm ET on Jan. 10, 2020, fans can go to Google and search “Rock Hall Fan Vote” or any nominee’s name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google, vote at RockHall.com or at the Museum itself in Cleveland. The five artists who receive the most fan votes comprise a fans’ ballot that will be tallied along with the others to determine the 2020 inductees, which will be announced in January 2020.
To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an artist’s first commercial recording must have been released 25 years prior to the year of induction. Detroit proto-punks MC5 have been eligible the longest of this shortlist (since 1991), while late hip-hop legend The Notorious B.I.G. — frequently cited as one of, if not the, greatest rapper in history — receives a nomination in his first year of eligibility. If Biggie Smalls is inducted, he would become just the second solo rapper to join the Rock Hall, after 2Pac, who was inducted in 2017.