People die everyday, people commit suicide every minute in this country (Sh!t, my closest male cousin killed himself in front of his girlfriend because she was leaving him and one of my closest childhood friends jumped off the GWB in the prime of his life) but, dayum, hearing that Chris Cornell tragedy hit me hard.
I had a friend in high school (@nigh_damocles) who hipped me to Soundgarden back in '89/90. He gave me the Screaming Life/FOPP cassette and then Louder than Love which blew my mind. Considering most of my crew was Black, Puerto Rican and Filipino, and we were knee deep in Soundgarden, Bad Brains, Fishbone, 24-7/Spyz, Kings X, Janes Addiction, Operation Ivy, etc., and just in our own galaxy considering we all grew in the inner city (Lakewood, NJ) and we got a ton of sh!t for listening to what we were listening to.
Besides Bad Brains (especially the Quickness album) nothing hit me like Louder than Love and Badmotorfinger from Soundgarden. Those albums are epic!!!
Flash forward to Summer of '92 in Upstate Pennsylvania, we caught Soundgarden at Lalapalooza with Pearl Jam, RHCP, Ministry, Jesus and Mary Chain, etc.
Soundgarden comes out and does "Cop Killer" from Ice-T/Body Count and the place goes effn bananas! They follow that with "Gun" (which is my favorite Soundgarden song). What a monumental event in my life at 18 years young!
I send my thoughts and prayers to the Cornell and Soundgarden family and to all of us battling through the devils noose.... #soundgarden #kingsx #rhcp #247spyz #ministry #badbrains #fishbone #janesaddiction #jesusandmarychain #pearljam #operationivy #vegan #vegetarian #nyc #philly #newjersey #lakewoodnj #boricua #puertorico #california #sandiego #sandiegoliving