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

artist: Soundgarden date: 04/30/2014 category: music news
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Dave Grohl Remembers First-Ever 'Superunknown' Listen: 'Holy S--t, This Will Be Enormously Huge'
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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