On Wednesday night, the world experienced the tragic loss of the 90s grunge legend Chris Cornell.
If you are a kid of the 90s, Chris Cornell and his grunge band Soundgarden wrote much of the soundtrack of your youth. The algorithmic classic metal band rock of the 80s met its deserved death with the alternative grunge music revolution of the 90s.
Cornell was a voice for a generation repulsed by the materialistic “greed is good” generation of the 80s. The 80s “yuppies” were an emotionless generation that valued things more than souls. And Cornell’s sensitive soul roared in every song he sang. Right till the end.
Shocking and unexpected
Soundgarden was mid-tour and had just played their Detroit show. Cornell’s wife Vicky suspected something was amiss when he was slurring his words as he came off stage. In a recent statement, she claims her husband had been struggling with addiction to prescription drugs.
Later that night, Cornell was found hanging in his hotel bathroom. Sadly, this was an hour after he had admitted to his wife that he had taken a few extra anxiety meds than his prescription recommended. Vicky believes he could have only been under the delusion of the effects of the medication, to go through with such an irrational act. Cornell is survived by his wife, and son Christopher and daughters Toni and Lillian.
The legacy of the 90s grunge rock legends
There comes a time in every generation’s lives that their heroes start to die, one by one. However, for recent generations, these deaths seem to come too soon. In 94, the world reeled with the news of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Other contemporaries of Cornell’s such as Andrew Wood, Layne Staley and Scott Weiland succumbed to drug overdoses.
However, like Cobain, Cornell was a man of extreme sensitivity. It wasn’t rock and roll excesses that took them; it was the pain from what many experience as a dark world. The deep pain that connects so many millions of fans to the music they created.
Cornell’s extensive career began in 1984 with the formation of Soundgarden with his friends Kim Thayil and Hiro Yamamoto. By 1990 they had earned their first Grammy nomination. They shared a supreme joint reign within the Seattle grunge scene with bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains.
Commercial success came to the group in 1991 with the release of the album Badmotorfinger. Notable favorites from that album were Jesus Christ Pose and Rusty Cage.
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