Ask Soundgarden Anything!

Ever wanted to ask Kim Thayil or Chris Cornell something? Now's your chance!

Ultimate Guitar

We're very pleased to announce that UG will be conducting an interview with Kim Thayil and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden next week.

And since UG's always been about the community, we decided to give you guys a chance to come up with a list of questions we'll be asking grunge icons.

You can address the question to Kim, Chris or the whole band, all you need to do is post it in the comments section.

After that, it's up to the community to vote the comments up or down, we'll sum it all up and compile the final list of questions to ask the guys based on your votes.

Just a basic tip - avoid questions that can be answered with one word. Basically, it's better that the question starts with "how" than "what," but as long as it's cool and creative, it doesn't even matter.

So enough chit-chat, let's see what you got, UG!

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    Chris, are you planning to push further and demonstrate your lower register more on some of the upcoming music - obviously along with your vintage high wails - like you've occasionally done on certain tracks? I really love the very warm, dark sound you have down there, like on "Beyond the Wheel", "4th of July", "Hypnotize", "The Other Side of Town", "The Keeper" or the lower harmony of "Big Dumb Sex", and think that's the side of your voice you should further explore on newer releases as it sounds just as good and strong as your upper range. I've always loved your vocal experimentation and courage to try out new things so I'm really looking forward to the possibility of this.
    Chris, how did you train your voice in the early days? Has it changed much from the way you do it now?
    And given the fact that there has been an obvious change of your voice tone (lower) do you consider to make new songs on a lower (darker) pitch like in 4th of July or Mailman?
    For real, how could he scream like that? (Jesus Christ Pose, etc)
    Chris, which of your songs do you consider the all-time hardest for you to sing? Why?
    I feel like I read somewhere he said The Day I Tried to Live but I'd like to know that one as well. I think Beyond The Wheel would be the hardest.
    Chris, would you be up for an Audioslave reunion if the other guys wanted to? And could you manage to keep both bands alive and running?
    Chris is there any chance to see Temple of the dog on some new projects/tour?
    If you had the opportunity, like we do now, to ask some of your favourite musicians any kind of question: who would it be and what would you ask?
    Kim, do you remember the experimentation process of coming up with your guitar tone? How did you manage to think outside the box in developing it, rather than going for a standard clean/overdriven combination?
    Chris, How was it like to share vocals on "Right Turn" (Alice Mudgarden)? Is there any chance of recording another song of the sort? Who is your favorite vocalist from the Seattle scene amongst so many talented singers that it had?
    If you were to record an album based around a book , poem or movie what would it be ?
    What inspired you to work with different tunings? Are there any artist to inspire you to use alternate tunings?
    Kim, which of Chris' hairstyle/facial hair combination over the years has been your favourite?
    Constant rumors about the Pearl Jam/Soundgarden joint tour, mind shedding any light on that?
    What state of mind where you in during the creation and recording of your darker songs like Beyond the Wheel?
    We're all pumped for the "Superunknown" re-issue but will there ever be an anniversary re-release of "Badmotorfinger"?
    And may I add to that: is there ANY chance of you guys collaborating on a documentary about the band or something? I'm a sucker for the "Pearl Jam 20" movie and must have watched it at least 10 times by now, but if any band deserves to get the Cameron Crowe treatment it's you guys (if you hurry you could still release it this year and call it the 30 year anniversary movie)
    Kim and Chris, what bands and artists you enjoy listening?
    What new bands are you influenced by and what are some new bands that you listen to?
    As I grew up, my Father was a Rock Critic for our state's newspaper. I grew up listing to all kinds of music. Led Zep was my favorite along with Neil Young. As kids, who did you listen to and cling to?
    How would you describe your relationship with other seattle bands, like pearl jam, mudhoney, etc.
    Over the years you guys have worked with some great producers. Which producer do you think had the biggest effect on your music and what different elements did each producer add to it?
    My question is for Kim: any chance pre Screaming Life recordings will ever be made available for us die hard fans? Also how much longer for Bsides, lol
    Will you, Chris, take a tour in Europe as Temple of the dog with Eddie and other guys? Next year there is 25'th anniversary of Andrew Wood's death, so it would be amazing to memorialize him.
    Have you guys ever considered the possibility of releasing a documentary film about the band?
    Do you have any guilty pleasure bands you like to listen but not talk about it?
    Kim, you are an intelligent, very articulate man, why don't you write more lyrics for the songs?
    Is there any particular Soundgarden song or album that you are most proud of? How do you write such hauntingly beautiful songs such as Boot Camp and Bones of Birds?
    Chris and Kim, do you have particular vocal and/or guitar techniques or warm-up you use to prepare for and perform live? If so, have they changed over the years? Could you describe them? Thank you!
    chris, how the hell can you still keep that voice after all this years? do you warm up or do exercises?
    Regarding the Jun 2 show: You guys should be ashamed. You teamed up with Ticketmaster to sell tickets for an exciting show in a tiny venue. It's great when huge bands play small, intimate shows. It's terrible when they knowingly throw cheap tickets at hordes of scalpers (many who are probably using bots), who then flip the tickets on Stubhub at 1000% and MORE of the price. There are tickets being sold at $300. Many were looking forward to hearing one of their favorite albums being played by one of their favorite bands, and the event has been marred by greedy scalpers who couldn't give a rat's ass about your music. Judging by the myriads of comments on your FB page, most others feel the same way. It's probably too late to do anything for the upcoming show, but you need to be more mindful of your real fans. I understand that you need to make money as well, but it's not like you would see a penny of the gouged prices anyway. I know you probably won't read this anyway (maybe). Sincerely, A Disappointed New Yorker Question: How will you ensure in the future that your real fans get to enjoy your music at smaller, intimate venues?
    I don't know if they should be ashamed. They should be aware of it, but not ashamed. With that said, I agree with everything else you are saying. The Detroit show sold out in less than a day and I wasn't able to get tickets.
    Or shall I say "sold out".
    The NYC show sold out in LESS THAN A MINUTE (sorry for the caps). They will be playing the complete Superunknown at Webster Hall, one of NYC's most famous, but also smallest venues. The tickets cost $19.94. It was a scalper's heaven. And I agree, maybe not "ashamed". I tried to clarify that I'm not pissed at the band, just at the situation.
    I think you should rephrase the question, make it a little shorter and to the point and try to avoid starting out with "you guys should be ashamed". Hell, it's not even a real question as much as it is a complaint, so I wouldn't be surprised if UG doesn't even consider it, but you make a valid point
    I'm honestly curious as to what the band themselves can do differently. What can you do other than limit the amount of tickets people can purchase at a time, or have everyone pick up their tickets in person? I honestly don't expect a band at Soundgarden's level to be all that involved in every aspect of every business decision they make, but I could be wrong. To me, when you couple a big band with a smaller venue and low ticket price, scalping and gouging is going to happen regardless. Whatever could have gone differently, I'd say it's more indicative of a problem with live music, not Soundgarden.
    After being together for so long, how do you guys manage to come up with new ideas that do not seem to remind you of anything you have previously written/recorded.
    Chris and Kim. What is your writing process? Does the riff or the lyrics come first? BTW. Love you guys. Truly one of the greatest bands ever.
    Chris, although yout vocal range and power remains, not only your voice has changed over the years but so has the way you sing, even when it comes to the old songs. Is it just a way to cope with voice change or it's also becouse you like to approach and interpretate them differently nowadays?