The key thing I learned from Spin’s oral history of Soundgarden’s Superunknown: The band once appeared on Bill Nye the Science Guy. (Segment starts around 4:25.)
While you’re at it, be sure to check out Mudhoney performing the Bill Nye the Science Guy theme song.
Spin: Get Yourself Control: The Oral History of Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’
Michael Beinhorn (producer): [Artis the Spoonman] takes his shirt off, and he’s like, “I hope someone’s got a video camera here, because you’re going to want to film this.” We start running the track [“Spoonman”], and he just starts picking these tools up, and he strikes the living crap out of himself with them. I’m not talking about light slaps, either; some of them are big, hard pieces of metal. Within a very short period of time, there was blood flying everywhere. It was actually quite beautiful to watch because he was almost like a dancer; it was flowing and graceful…. but it was also incredibly brutal.
Soundgarden playing Superunknown in its entirety at Webster Hall last night. (
If you look closely, you can see me on the center part of the balcony. Scratch that: I did look more closely, and that’s some other blurry dude. I’m not in the shot.)
In related news, Soundgarden have a Tumblr now. Follow them: soundgarden
First off, you have impeccable taste, Anon. Almost everybody I interviewed was great, but I’d have to say Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, since lots of beer was involved.