Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I thought "The Perfect Drug" would be the last song I heard tonight. Until I got this email from Soundgarden...

which included this song that's been floating around the Internet for a couple weeks now:

</object><span>Black Rain by soundgardenworld</span>

"Black Rain" was recorded for Badmotorfinger and left off the album for whatever reason. But listen to the band, which is clearly in their prime. 

Sure, they were just a pretty good heavy rock band writing decent songs by the time they got to Down on the Upside, but for a while, they were a revelation. Gods, even. You know it's true, even if you think you're too cool now to admit it.

Chris Cornell deserves better than he's received in the last couple years. But then, he used to be so much better, when he had these guys behind him. (No offense to the guys from Rage, who were so much better when they had Zack in front of them, but that's a whole other thing.)

Listen to it. Now listen to it again. It's a shame there's only one unreleased song included on Telephantasm, the greatest hits album due out in a few weeks. Kim Thayil says that there's a lot of mindblowing stuff left in the vaults and that one day there will be a box set. I say shelve the hits album and give us the box. Now.

Oh, and if you can't remember "The Perfect Drug," here's the Mark Romanek-directed video for it. Everything holds up pretty well, despite 1997 feeling like an entirely different world now...

<p>Nine Inch Nails: The Perfect Drug (1997) from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.</p>

Posted via email from Stephen Feller

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