The information that Soundgarden has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame this 12 months absolutely will need to have put a smile on the faces of followers of the seminal Seattle outfit. I do know I voted for them the day that voting opened. Certain, they had been a bunch that by no means tried mainstream success with their music, their music was one thing natural that hundreds of thousands of individuals gravitated to, and nonetheless do right this moment. I actually hope they make it into the Corridor of Fame this 12 months, to be sincere.
However, whereas taking a while to replicate on the nomination, in addition to a few of he and the Chris Cornell‘s greatest guitar pairings, in a chat with Guitar World, Thayil shared a humorous little tidbit concerning the track “Flower,” the opening observe to Soundgarden‘s debut full-length LP, Ultramega OK (1998)
Talking concerning the observe, Thayil mentioned it’s “perhaps not a significant component to Soundgarden‘s song style or guitar style, but it was a unique one… [It was] is the second song we wrote in drop D, and it is the one single off of Ultramega OK. And the intro is me blowing across the strings.”
Thayil continued, saying “I’m taking part in my Guild S-100, and I’m utilizing the bridge pickup setting, which is just a little bit brighter. I’ve dropped the E string all the way down to D, so there’s gonna be some sympathetic resonance between the 2 D strings and the fifth string, the A.
“The Guild has these microphonic pickups, so I can blow over the string and get this sort of sitar-like, sort of ambient effect. And it’s augmented by my use of a chorus pedal. I did that on the record, although it was a kind of a tough thing to pull off live without the guitar screeching or feeding back. And when I did do it live, it never failed to get reviewed as me playing guitar with my beard. [laughs] And I get it: Brown guy. Beard. Guitar. Guitar near face. Playing guitar with beard. No, I’m just too lazy to shave.”
Hey, man, no matter works! The official video for “Flower”—which featured Thayil, Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron and unique bassist Hiro Yamamoto—may be seen under. And to vote for Soundgarden for this 12 months’s Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame induction, you are able to do so proper right here.
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