I was a freshman at Illinois State in November 2010 when my best friend Dale gave me Soundgarden’s Superunknown album. I had always been a bigger Soundgarden fan than he, something he would willingly admit, though I had a difficult time crossing the “greatest hits” line. I had just gotten their reunion compilation Telephantasm for my birthday, and that was doing me just fine.
He was insistent on me giving Superunknown a spin. He had always been a good musical influence on me; if it weren’t for him, I would have never embraced Rush. I liked Soundgarden enough and trusted Dale enough to take him at his word.
These were my early days as a staffer at WZND, so I did my 2:30 newscast and walked back to my dorm. I booted up my Mac and scrolled to the Soundgarden section of the iTunes library, where the album was sitting. It was a whopping commitment–16 songs clocking in a little over 70 minutes–but it was a commitment that changed my musical scope forever. Read the rest of this entry »