Dave Grohl Remembers First-Ever 'Superunknown' Listen: 'Holy S--t, This Will Be Enormously Huge'

"It was that perfect meeting of Beatles and Black Sabbath," Foo Fighters frontman adds.

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Dave Grohl has recently taken a walk down the memory lane, reminiscing the very first time he had heard Soundgarden's monumental release "Superunknown."

It happened at Robert Lang Studios ahead of the album's 1994 release as producer Adam Casper casually suggested to put the record on.

"He played 'Black Hole Sun' and I remember thinking, 'Holy s--t, this will be enormously huge," Dave said. "Because to me it was that perfect meeting of the Beatles and Black Sabbath, which is I think what we put in our Nirvana bio...

"But I don't think that had ever successfully been paired until that record, and in particular that song. It was so much more melodically sophisticated than anything any of the other bands in Seattle were doing," the musician added.

Marking the record's 20th anniversary this year, Soundgarden have performed "Superunknown" in full during a recent SXSW event. A new deluxe edition of the effort is set for June 3 release and was announced with "Black Hole Sun" demo available below.

"They were the first band to get out, the first to break, the first to do the major-label thing within the underground scene," Grohl continued. "It only made sense they were the first band to write a song like 'Black Hole Sun.'

"That record really just raised the bar for everyone. Sonically, it was way beyond anything anybody had done in our scene. Melodically, again, just so much more sophisticated than anything we felt we were capable of doing," he concluded.

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    am i going crazy or was this story not posted yesterday as well? is this Déjà vu? was there a glitch in the matrix?
    "when the sun goes down and my dick gets bigga..how many bitches wanna fuk dis nigga. 1 nut 2 nut wat you get when u letta nigga lick dat clit. do you like it??? wanna nigga bite it??" -Dave Grohl
    You may all downvote BobbyHill666 now, but you just wait until Dave Grohl releases his gangsta rap album. THEN we'll see who's laughing!
    I bet Grohl would be the only white guy next to Eminem who can use the N-word and not get murdered by a gang for it.
    STP's 'Core' came out in 1992. Not to detract anything away from the beautiful album that is, 'Superunknown', but I find core to be alot more melodic. Once again showing just how underrated the Deleo bro's(of STP) really are. Excellent record though. 'Fell on Black Days' & 'Fresh Tendrils' are two of my favs off of it.