Temple of the Dog
Temple of the Dog was an American rock supergroup that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. It was conceived by vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of the bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone; the lineup included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Jeff Ament on bass guitar, Mike McCready on lead guitar, Matt Cameron on drums. Eddie Vedder appeared as a guest to provide some backing vocals; the band released its only album, the self-titled Temple of the Dog, in April 1991 through A&M Records. The recording sessions took place in November and December 1990 at London Bridge Studios, in Seattle, Washington with producer Rakesh "Rick" Parashar. Although earning praise from music critics at the time of its release, the album was not recognized until 1992, when Vedder, Gossard, McCready had their breakthrough with Pearl Jam. Cameron would join Pearl Jam, serving as drummer since 1998; the band toured in 2016 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.
Temple of the Dog was started by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, a roommate of Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood died on March 1990, of a heroin overdose, the day Cornell got back from a tour; as he went on to tour Europe a few days he started writing songs in tribute to his late friend. The result was two songs, "Reach Down" and "Say Hello 2 Heaven", which he recorded as soon as he returned home from touring; the recorded material was slow and melodic, musically different from the aggressive rock music of Soundgarden. Cornell approached Wood's former bandmates, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament—who were still figuring out how to continue without Mother Love Bone—with the intention of releasing the songs as a single. Ament described the collaboration as "a good thing at the time" for Gossard and him that put them into a "band situation where we could play and make music." The band's lineup was completed by the addition of Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and future Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready.
They named themselves Temple of the Dog, a reference to a line in the lyrics of the Mother Love Bone song "Man of Golden Words". The band started rehearsing "Reach Down", "Say Hello 2 Heaven", other songs that Cornell had written on tour prior to Wood's death, as well as re-working some existing material from demos written by Gossard and Cameron. One such demo became a song for two bands, recorded as "Footsteps" by Pearl Jam and "Times of Trouble" by Temple of the Dog; the idea of doing covers of Wood's solo material came up but was abandoned as they realized it would make people think the band was "exploiting his material."The release of a single was soon deemed a "stupid idea" by Cornell and dropped in favor of an EP or album. The album was recorded in only 15 days, produced by the band themselves. Gossard described the recording process as a "non-pressure-filled" situation, as there were no expectations or pressure coming from the record company. Eddie Vedder, who had flown up from San Diego to Seattle to audition for Ament, McCready to be the singer of a band billing themselves as Mookie Blaylock, was at one of the Temple of the Dog rehearsals and ended up providing backing vocals.
"Hunger Strike" became a duet between Vedder. Cornell was still figuring out the vocals at practice when Vedder stepped in and filled in the blanks singing the low parts because he saw it was hard for Cornell, as Cornell described it: "He sang half of that song not knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively." "Hunger Strike" became Temple of the Dog's breakout single. On the 2011 documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, Vedder stated, it could be one of my favorite songs that I’ve been on — or the most meaningful.”Temple of the Dog was released on April 16, 1991, through A&M Records and sold 70,000 copies in the United States. Ament recalled that A&M requested a Pearl Jam sticker be on the cover—as they had just picked their new name—because "it'll be a good thing for us", but they refused; the album failed to chart. Critic Steve Huey of AllMusic rated the album with four-and-a-half stars out of five, stating that the "record sounds like a bridge between Mother Love Bone's theatrical'70s-rock updates and Pearl Jam's hard-rocking seriousness."
David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote in retrospect that the album "deserves immortality." The band members were pleased with the material. Soon after the album's release and Pearl Jam embarked on recording their next albums, the Temple of the Dog project was brought to a close. In the summer of 1992, the album received new attention. Although it had been released more than a year earlier, A&M Records realized that they had in their catalog what was a collaboration between Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, who had both risen to mainstream attention in the months since the album's release with their respective albums and Ten. A&M decided to reissue the album and promote "Hunger Strike" as a single with an accompanying music video, filmed; the attention allowed both the album a
Shame (Brad album)
Shame is the debut studio album by the American rock band Brad. It was released on April 1993 through Epic Records. Brad formed in 1992, although the band members had been playing together for a long time before that; the band wanted to go by the name Shame, but the name was taken by a band featuring musician Brad Wilson. Instead, the band decided to name their debut album Shame; the album was recorded in October 1992 in 20 days at Avast Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington. Many tracks are taken from in-studio jam sessions; the band members produced the album themselves. The album was mixed by Brendan O'Brien; the album's cover art was provided by Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. Shame, featuring a raw sound and an eclectic mix of styles, was released to mixed reviews and moderate sales; the track "20th Century" was a minor hit in the UK. The album charted at number 14 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Deborah Frost of Entertainment Weekly said that "Brad, a grunge-lite foursome Gossard tossed together during the odd fortnight off from his main gig, sounds as if he wanted to sharpen his riffing tools before plunging into Pearl Jam's second effort."Music videos were made for the songs "Buttercup" and "20th Century".
In 2014, the album placed sixth on the Alternative Nation site's "Top 10 Underrated 90’s Alternative Rock Albums" list. All lyrics written except where noted.
Eddie Vedder is an American musician, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the American rock band Pearl Jam. He is known for his powerful baritone vocals, he appeared as a guest vocalist in Temple of the Dog, the one-off tribute band dedicated to the late singer Andrew Wood. Hit Parader magazine placed him at number 23 on their list of the "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time". In 2007, Vedder released his first solo album as a soundtrack for the film Into the Wild, his second album Ukulele Songs and a live DVD titled Water on the Road were released in 2011. In 2017, Vedder was inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam. Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson III in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, on December 23, 1964, to Karen Lee Vedder and Edward Louis Severson, Jr, his parents divorced in 1965. His mother soon remarried, to a man named Peter Mueller. Vedder was raised believing that Mueller was his biological father, he went by the name Edward Mueller for a time.
Vedder's ancestry includes Dutch and Danish. While living in Evanston, Vedder's family fostered seven younger children in a group home. In the mid-1970s, the family, including Vedder's three younger half-brothers, moved to San Diego County, California, it was at this point that Vedder, who had received a guitar from his mother on his twelfth birthday, began turning to music as a source of comfort. He found solace in the Who's 1973 album, Quadrophenia, he said, "When I was around 15 or 16... I was all alone—except for music." His mother and Mueller divorced. His mother and brothers moved back to the Chicago area, but Vedder remained with his stepfather in California so he would not have to change schools. After the divorce, Vedder learned the truth about his parentage: Mueller was his stepfather. Vedder had met his biological father as a child, but had believed that Severson was an old friend of his parents. By the time Vedder learned the truth, Severson had died of multiple sclerosis. During his senior year at San Dieguito High School, Vedder moved out to live on his own in an apartment, supporting himself with a nightly job at a drug store in Encinitas.
Because of the pressure of work and school, Vedder dropped out of high school. He joined the rest of his family in Chicago, it was at this time that he changed his name to Vedder, his mother's maiden name. In the early 1980s, while working as a waiter, Eddie earned his high school GED, attended a community college near Chicago. In 1984, Vedder returned with his girlfriend, Beth Liebling and his friend Frank, he kept busy recording demo tapes at his home and working various jobs, including a position as a contracted security guard at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Vedder had several stints in San Diego area bands, including the Butts. One of those bands, called Indian Style, included future Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk. In 1988, Vedder became the vocalist for the San Diego progressive funk rock band Bad Radio; the music of the original incarnation of the band was influenced by Duran Duran. In the 1980s Vedder worked part-time as a night attendant at a local gas station.
Through the Southern California music scene, Vedder met former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, who became a friend of Vedder and would play basketball with him. In 1990, Irons gave him a demo tape from a band in Seattle, looking for a singer, he listened to the tape shortly before going surfing. Vedder wrote lyrics for three of the songs in what he described as a "mini-opera" entitled Momma-Son; the songs tell the story of a young man who, like Vedder, learns that he had been lied to about his paternity and that his real father is dead, grows up to become a serial killer, is imprisoned and sentenced to death. Vedder recorded vocals for the three songs, mailed the demo tape back to Seattle; the three songs would become Pearl Jam's "Alive", "Once", "Footsteps". After hearing Vedder's tape, former Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament invited Vedder to come to Seattle to audition for their new band, they were impressed with his unique sound. At the time and Ament were working on the Temple of the Dog project founded by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell as a musical tribute to Mother Love Bone's frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose at age 24.
Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and newcomer Mike McCready were a part of the project. The song "Hunger Strike" became a duet between Vedder. Cornell said of Vedder that "he sang half of that song not knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively." Vedder would provide background vocals on several other songs as well. In April 1991, Temple of the Dog was released through A&M Records. "Hunger Strike" became Temple of the Dog's breakout single. Vedder said. I feel like I could be real proud of it – because one, I didn't write it, two, it was such a nice way to be ushered onto vinyl for the first time. I'm indebted to Chris time eternal for being invited onto that track." On the 2011 documentary Pearl Jam Twenty, Vedder stated.
Andrew Wood (singer)
Andrew Patrick Wood was an American musician best known as the lead singer for alternative rock bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood was known for his flamboyance. Wood formed Malfunkshun in 1980 with Regan Hagar; the band used alter ego personas onstage, with Wood using the name Landrew the Love Child. Though the band only had two songs released, "With Yo' Heart" and "Stars-n-You", on the Deep Six compilation album, they are cited as being among the "founding fathers" of the Seattle's grunge movement. During his time in Malfunkshun, Wood started relying on drugs, entering rehab in 1985. By 1988, Malfunkshun had disbanded and Wood began jamming with Green River members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, they soon began writing original material and formed Mother Love Bone the same year, adding guitarist Bruce Fairweather and drummer Greg Gilmore to the lineup. The following year, the band signed a deal with PolyGram, issuing a six-song EP, before going on to tour, supporting The Dogs D'Amour.
Towards the end of the year, the band recorded their debut album, scheduled for release in 1990. Due to his struggle with drug addiction, Wood checked himself into rehab in 1989, hoping to get clean for the release of Mother Love Bone's debut album. On March 16, 1990, Wood was found in a comatose state by his girlfriend, Xana La Fuente, having overdosed on heroin. Wood was placed on life support. Wood's condition began to show signs of improvement, but he died three days later. Wood was born in Columbus, Mississippi to David C. Wood and Marin A. Dahlberg, raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington, he was the youngest of three children. Wood and his brothers were exposed to various types of music by their parents, who supported their children when they were learning how to play instruments. Wood became a fan of acts such as Elton John, Queen and Kiss. In 1980, at the age of 14, Wood formed Malfunkshun with his brother Kevin, recording their first demo tape in April 1980. Drummer Regan Hagar joined soon after with playing shows in Seattle, Washington.
Each member adopted onstage alter egos, with Andrew becoming Landrew the Love Child, Kevin becoming Kevinstein, Hagar becoming Thundarr. Unlike most grunge groups in Seattle, Malfunkshun were influenced by glam rock with Wood described as "a hippie, glammed-out rock & roll god, equal parts Marc Bolan and Jim Morrison," with his look and vocal style influenced by frontmen such as Freddie Mercury, Paul Stanley, Marc Bolan. By 1985, Wood had started to rely on drugs to help with his "rock star" persona, entered rehab the same year. Malfunkshun recorded a number of demos in 1986, two of which, "With Yo' Heart" and "Stars-n-You", were included on the "legendary" Deep Six compilation album released by C/Z Records the same year; the band continued to play shows in Seattle, opening for Soundgarden, The U-Men, Skin Yard. However, in 1988, Malfunkshun disbanded. Although the band never released an album and were turned down by Sub Pop for "not grunge enough," Malfunkshun, along with Green River, are cited as "founding fathers" of the Seattle's grunge movement.
Wood and Hagar began playing with Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Green River, which disbanded in 1988, performing, on occasion, as the cover band Lords of the Wasteland. Former Green River guitarist Bruce Fairweather was added to the lineup, while former 10 Minute Warning and Skin Yard drummer Greg Gilmore replaced Hagar, forming Mother Love Bone the same year; the band soon signed a deal with PolyGram, through their own subsidiary label Stardog, issued a six-song EP, Shine, in 1989. John Book, of Allmusic, stated that the EP "contributed to the buzz about the Seattle music scene." The band spent the rest of the year touring, including shows supporting The Dogs D'Amour, recording their debut album. With high expectations of the album, Wood checked himself into rehab due to his struggle with heroin addiction, hoping to get clean for the release of album, staying there for the remainder of the year. In 1990, the band continued waiting for the release of their album, Apple. On March 16, 1990, Wood was found in a comatose state by his girlfriend.
Wood was placed on life support. Despite being responsive, Wood had suffered a hemorrhage aneurysm. On March 19 physicians suggested that Wood be removed from life support, he was pronounced dead at 3:15PM that day; the official cause of death recorded on Wood's death certificate is hypoxic encephalopathy. Wood's remains were cremated, his burial site is located at Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park in Washington. Apple was released posthumously in the year, receiving positive reviews. David Browne of The New York Times wrote that "Apple may be one of the first great hard-rock records of the 90s" and that "Andrew Wood could have been the first of the big-league Seattle rock stars." Shortly following Wood's death, former roommate Chris Cornell of Soundgarden wrote two songs, "Reach Down" and "Say Hello 2 Heaven", in tribute to his late friend. Cornell approached Gossard and Ament about releasing the songs as singles before collaborating on an album. Adding drummer Matt Cameron, future Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready, future Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder, they formed Temple of the Dog in 1990 to pay tribute to Wood, releasing one self-titled album in 1991.
Fellow Seattle band Alice in Chains dedicated their debut album Facelift to Wood. The song "Would?", included in their second album Dirt and on the
Shawn Smith was an American singer and musician, a member of several Seattle alternative and indie rock bands, such as Brad, Satchel and The Twilight Singers, as well as a solo artist. Smith cited Freddie Prince and KISS as early influences. Other influences he noted are Steven Tyler, Bon Scott, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Andy Wood and Chris Cornell. Smith was born in Spokane, Washington in 1965 and attended high school in Bakersfield, relocating to Seattle in 1987, he befriended. The pair formed Satchel shortly thereafter, formed Brad with Stone Gossard and Jeremy Toback. In an interview from 2014, Smith said that the main songwriters in Brad were Gossard. Brad would go on to release five studio albums during their career and Satchel would issue three studio albums, while both bands would share credit for a compilation. Smith's only major chart hit came in 1999, when the British techno group Lo Fidelity Allstars remixed the Pigeonhed song "Battle Flag" and released it as a single.
The song, credited to "Lo Fidelity Allstars feat. Pigeonhed", reached #6 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in July 1999. In 2005, Smith unveiled, he has worked with Thaddeus Turner under the name Forever Breakers. "From the North" was Shawn's newest band with core members of Malfunkshun and the lyrics left by the late Andrew Wood. Since 2006, the band has been billed as "Power of Wings" and "Von Nord". Hagar has since been replaced by Seattle drummer Mike Hommel; the band changed its name in July 2008 to All Hail the Crown and planned to release new music under this banner. Smith died at his home in Seattle on April 2019 of a torn aorta and high blood pressure. Let It All Begin Live at the Point Shield of Thorns The Cedarwood EP The Diamond Hand Sunshine SKELETON KEYS - A Collection of Home Recordings And Non-Album Tracks 1989-2003 - Volumes 1-7 Grass and Sky EP Kid Bakersfield The Secret Life of People EP Shame Interiors Welcome to Discovery Park Brad vs Satchel Best Friends? United We Stand EDC |EDC The Family Brad vs Satchel Heartache and Honey Pigeonhed The Full Sentence Flash Bulb Emergency Overflow Cavalcade of Remixes Monument All Hail The Crown Deer Lodge George Jones "Shake It", a song that remained unreleased until Shawn Smith made it available in digital format in 2007, was featured in the background of the cocaine scene of the "Proshai, Livushka" episode of The Sopranos.
"Leaving California" and "Wrapped in My Memory" from Smith's solo album Shield of Thorns were both featured prominently on the "Long Term Parking" episode of The Sopranos. Yet another Shawn Smith related song has been featured on the show: Pigeonhed's "Battle Flag" appeared on the "46 Long" episode and was included on "The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series". "Battle Flag" has been featured in a season six episode of NBC's prime-time medical drama ER, season three episode eleven of Showtime's drama Queer as Folk, as well as a season one episode of The WB's Smallville. It has been featured in the film Coyote Ugly and the trailer for Charlie's Angels. Official website Brad website Satchel website
Punk rock is a rock music genre that developed in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk" music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock, they produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; the term "punk rock" was first used by certain American rock critics in the early 1970s to describe 1960s garage bands and subsequent acts perceived as stylistic inheritors. Between 1974 and 1976 the movement now called. By late 1976, bands such as Television and the Ramones in New York City, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned in London, the Saints in Brisbane were recognized as forming its vanguard; as 1977 approached, punk became a major and controversial cultural phenomenon in the UK. It spawned a punk subculture expressing youthful rebellion through distinctive styles of clothing and adornment and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies.
In 1977 the influence of the music and subculture became more pervasive. It took root in a wide range of local scenes that rejected affiliation with the mainstream. In the late 1970s, punk experienced a second wave as new acts that were not active during its formative years adopted the style. By the early 1980s, faster and more aggressive subgenres such as hardcore punk, street punk and anarcho-punk became the predominant modes of punk rock. Musicians identifying with or inspired by punk pursued other musical directions, giving rise to spinoffs such as post-punk, new wave, indie pop, alternative rock, noise rock. By the 1990s, punk re-emerged in the mainstream with the success of punk rock and pop punk bands such as Green Day, The Offspring, Blink-182; the first wave of punk rock was "aggressively modern" and differed from what came before. According to Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone, "In its initial form, a lot of stuff was innovative and exciting. What happens is that people who could not hold a candle to the likes of Hendrix started noodling away.
Soon you had endless solos. By 1973, I knew that what was needed was some pure, stripped down, no bullshit rock'n' roll." John Holmstrom, founding editor of Punk magazine, recalls feeling "punk rock had to come along because the rock scene had become so tame that like Billy Joel and Simon and Garfunkel were being called rock and roll, when to me and other fans and roll meant this wild and rebellious music." In critic Robert Christgau's description, "It was a subculture that scornfully rejected the political idealism and Californian flower-power silliness of hippie myth." Technical accessibility and a Do. UK pub rock from 1972-1975 contributed to the emergence of punk rock by developing a network of small venues, such as pubs, where non-mainstream bands could play. Pub rock introduced the idea of independent record labels, such as Stiff Records, which put out basic, low-cost records. Pub rock bands put out small pressings of their records. In the early days of punk rock, this DIY ethic stood in marked contrast to what those in the scene regarded as the ostentatious musical effects and technological demands of many mainstream rock bands.
Musical virtuosity was looked on with suspicion. According to Holmstrom, punk rock was "rock and roll by people who didn't have many skills as musicians but still felt the need to express themselves through music". In December 1976, the English fanzine Sideburns published a now-famous illustration of three chords, captioned "This is a chord, this is another, this is a third. Now form a band"; the title of a 1980 single by the New York punk band Stimulators, "Loud Fast Rules!", inscribed a catchphrase for punk's basic musical approach. Some of British punk rock's leading figures made a show of rejecting not only contemporary mainstream rock and the broader culture it was associated with, but their own most celebrated music predecessors: "No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones in 1977", declared the Clash song "1977"; the previous year, when the punk rock revolution began in Great Britain, was to be both a musical and a cultural "Year Zero". As nostalgia was discarded, many in the scene adopted a nihilistic attitude summed up by the Sex Pistols slogan "No Future".
While "self-imposed alienation" was common among "drunk punks" and "gutter punks", there was always a tension between their nihilistic outlook and the "radical leftist utopianism" of bands such as Crass, who found positive, liberating meaning in the movement. As a Clash associate describes singer Joe Strummer's outlook, "Punk rock is meant to be our freedom. We're meant to be able to do what we want to do."The issue of authenticity is important in the punk subculture—the pejorative term "poseur" is applied to those who associate with punk and adopt its stylistic attributes but are deemed not to share or understand the underlying values and philosophy. Scholar Daniel S. Traber argues that "attaining authenticity in the punk identity can be difficult".