Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chris Cornell, RIP. More brilliance that's gone away

The suicide of singer Chris Cornell hit me pretty hard when I found out about it on Thursday morning. Cornell is near the top of my list as a rock singer, and could be as soulful or screaming as the song required. Soundgarden was a band from the '90s who stands up over the years, and if anything is underrated for that era (or any era).

Don't believe me, check out one of my favorites of Cornell and Soundgarden, from 1991. A song that perfectly describes the whiny victim complex of the GOP, both back then, and even more so today. Plus, it's one of the best 2 minute intros for a song EVER. (video could be a bit disturbing to some of you. Oh well).

I'd also love to be "driving the nails" into the wood on some of these Jesus Christ Posers.

Cornell was a giant, and this is another hit to us Gen Xers where giants of our musical upbringing keep being taken from us. Kurt, Layne, Weiland, now Cornell. Too much self-destruction, and too much brilliance being taken away from the stage.

And if you're not familiar with the soulful, sensitive side of Cornell, watch how he took a Prince song last year and gave it new life after the Purple One went away.

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