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?