Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell opened up about Kurt Cobain's suicide, calling it an extreme point of a crisis a lot of grunge artists had at the time.
As Cornell described it, such mental dilemma was revolving around the fact that grunge became a global trend garnering the attention of mass media, something the movement was fighting against in the first place.
"There was a little bit of an uncomfortable transition that I think all the Seattle bands had, which was - it was anti-commercial, it was anti every institution that supported commercial music as well," the frontman told CNN, giving Nirvana's appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as one of prime examples.
"If you remember when Kurt and Nirvana were on the cover of Rolling Stone, he was wearing a t-shirt that said 'Corporate magazines still suck.' I thought, well that's great that he wore that and they put that om their magazine, but he also showed up for the photoshoot and did the interviews and agreed wholeheartedly and happily to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."So how was it in a sense that he's not tearing himself apart doing the same thing? We all kind of had that crisis of mind and Kurt shooting himself was probably that to the extreme," Chris concluded.
After describing the moment of hearing about Cobain's death as very surreal, Cornell noted that "in a sense, we could all take solace in the fact that we were born from this idea that we played dark, moody music. Our identity in a sense was the band that created a soundtrack for that type of weird awful scenario."
The frontman also discussed the matter of his alcoholism issues and the early days of Seattle rock when Soundgarden were the movement's first band to ever be approached by a major label. Check out the full chat below.