Wednesday, December 19, 2007

B-Side of the Week: Chris Cornell

The soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe movie Singles was basically the soundtrack to my freshmen year in college. Hearing the songs on the disc brings back a flood of memories, both good and bad, in the way only music can do. This Chris Cornell song, recorded by himself in his house, wasn't really supposed to see the light of day until Cameron Crowe asked Cornell to contribute some music to the film he was making in Seattle. It's since become a song Cornell fans yearn to hear live - he never performed it with Soundgarden, though it would be a few years after "Seasons" was recorded before Soundgarden called it quits.

I remember seeing Cornell on his first solo tour seven or eight years ago, and the incredible thrill it was to hear the opening strums of "Seasons" fill the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. The crowd of Cornell disciples went crazy, and I could hardly contain my geeky excitement as the band actually played this song I figured would always be a "studio only" favorite of mine. (The crowd also went nuts for the set-opener, "Sunshower", another rarity at the time.) On his most recent solo tours, "Seasons" is a regular in the setlist, but there's still nothing like hearing the original for me. Most Cornell fans probably have this song already, but just in case there are a few of you out there that don't, enjoy.
Chris Cornell - "Seasons"
Buy the soundtrack here and Cornell's music here.


Check out the archived B-Side Of The Week posts by clicking the label "B-Side Of The Week" below and the link on the right side of the page under 'Return To Oblivion'.

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