April 25th, 2011
Chris Cornell, explaining the thinking behind the cover of Soundgarden’s Screaming Life EP to me:"I remember [Sub Pop cofounder] Bruce [Pavitt] saying he wanted to see a starkness and a contrast to everything else that was happening at the time, because he thought that most of these indie rock bands had some sort of bald singer who’s screaming and his eyes are popping out of his head and he looks insane. Was there also a sexuality to that photo? I don’t really remember that being a part of it. I think it was more I was boyish-looking and the photo itself had this angelic nature, versus being a guy with neck tattoos screaming with veins popping out of his forehead. And that made sense to us.”

Chris Cornell, explaining the thinking behind the cover of Soundgarden’s Screaming Life EP to me:

"I remember [Sub Pop cofounder] Bruce [Pavitt] saying he wanted to see a starkness and a contrast to everything else that was happening at the time, because he thought that most of these indie rock bands had some sort of bald singer who’s screaming and his eyes are popping out of his head and he looks insane. Was there also a sexuality to that photo? I don’t really remember that being a part of it. I think it was more I was boyish-looking and the photo itself had this angelic nature, versus being a guy with neck tattoos screaming with veins popping out of his forehead. And that made sense to us.”

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