I spent a very formative year living in Denver and Badmotorfinger was on heavy rotation on my Walkman as I trudged through my one and only frozen winter from Capital Hill to downtown. Couple that with my other favorite band from that era, Mudhoney, I had finally found an identity.
Truthfully, I didn’t listen to much of the new Soundgarden after that period, but I appreciated that Chris Cornell continued to create and broaden his influence. A very dear friend of mine experienced Cornell’s later catalog, and has been shaken at his core by the loss.
It is this rare ability to reach multiple generations that sets great artists apart.
Meanwhile, I’m going to stop now, with tears streaming down my face, listening to Outshined. Be well friends, and if anyone who reads this ever feels so lost they want to end it all, I will stop everything I’m doing to come and let you know you aren’t alone in this shit hole of a world.