While discussing their comeback record "King Animal," grunge veterans Soundgarden were in a bit of a fighting mood as they bashed anyone from cynics and "di-khead critics" to musicians who are dominantly in charge of their bands, specifically Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. "You have four guys that are pretty self critical and critical of each other," guitarist Kim Thayil told Gigwise about the band. "How can a bad record come out of that? I mean how can anyone come up with a bad idea when there's two or three other guys laughing, saying 'What the f--k is that?' It's just not possible for us to have a bad record." The axeman then lashed out at over-controlling mainmen. "You know when it is possible [to have a bad record]? You've got one jacka-s who runs the whole thing and a bunch of guys they hire around him." "You mean the yes-men?" asked bassist Ben Shepherd. "Yeah, exactly," the guitarist continued. "Now you can make a bad record 'cause your bad ideas are going in the ether and end up on the record. We're not a band of yes-men, we're a band of no-men." Thayil elaborated further, "If you've got a band with one guy who calls the shots, that band's gonna suck, cause the guy might have bad thoughts in his head. 'I've just came out of sobriety and I've got this idea for a rock record,'" he jokingly said. When briefly asked about Smashing Pumpins frontman Billy Corgan and his pessimistic stance on the state of rock music, drummer Matt Cameron said "I think Kim just addressed that point."
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