In your Jesus Christ POLL: BADMOTORFINGER

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
2. Outshined 12
4. Jesus Christ Pose 10
1. Rusty Cage 5
3. Slaves & Bulldozers 5
10. Drawing Flies 5
8. Room A Thousand Years Wide 5
5. Face Pollution 4
9. Mind Riot 4
11. Holy Water 2
7. Searching With My Good Eye Closed 2
6. Somewhere 2
12. New Damage 2


butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Monday, 30 March 2009 03:43 (twelve years ago) link

I suppose I could have just stopped with the tracklist at 4...

(ps oh dear mods plz fix title)

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Monday, 30 March 2009 03:45 (twelve years ago) link

Outshined

JESUS CHRIS

BADGES DON'T GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO WALTZ OFF WITH A BABY (HI DERE), Monday, 30 March 2009 03:52 (twelve years ago) link

(is that better)

BADGES DON'T GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO WALTZ OFF WITH A BABY (HI DERE), Monday, 30 March 2009 03:52 (twelve years ago) link

I haven't listened in ages, but I seem to remember frequently stopping and rewinding to listen to Room A Thousand Years Wide.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 March 2009 03:53 (twelve years ago) link

Hey Seuss Christo

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 March 2009 03:54 (twelve years ago) link

Anyway, "Mind Riot" in early 1992 with only guitar and vocals on the first leg of their tour.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 March 2009 03:55 (twelve years ago) link

haha yeah those first four tracks are basically the whole album for me

the most brazen explosion of clitoral lust in folk-metal history (cankles), Monday, 30 March 2009 03:59 (twelve years ago) link

don't understand all the 'first four' talk really, never was huge into the singles so when i heard the whole thing i was kinda blown away by how consistent it is. "Somewhere" is probably the all-time favorite, but i haven't listened to the album in years, really should.

the worst breed of fong (some dude), Monday, 30 March 2009 04:05 (twelve years ago) link

i hadnt even heard the singles when i first listened to this bitch, i just notice my attention wanders after JCP every time

the most brazen explosion of clitoral lust in folk-metal history (cankles), Monday, 30 March 2009 04:09 (twelve years ago) link

Went back and listened to "Room..." now and HELLYESTHISSONGISAMOTHERFUCKER

Johnny Fever, Monday, 30 March 2009 04:11 (twelve years ago) link

Jesus Christ Posse, although Slaves & Bulldozers kills live...

Kings of Lygon (SeekAltRoute), Monday, 30 March 2009 05:07 (twelve years ago) link

Slaves & Bulldozers kills live...

I was really torn on including SOMMS, but feared

a) splitting the slaves and bulldozers vote
b) inability to resist voting for stray cat blues

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Monday, 30 March 2009 05:09 (twelve years ago) link

seriously epic shit here \m/

(also seriously lolgrunge shants'n'boots... cornell rocked those pretty much nonstop 1991/1992)

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Monday, 30 March 2009 05:14 (twelve years ago) link

Room a thousand years wide has always been my go-to-track.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 30 March 2009 05:58 (twelve years ago) link

satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas!

I always liked that "feeling Minnesota" lyric, shitty Keanu movie be damned.

Digging this out right now to listen to it for the first time in years.

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Monday, 30 March 2009 07:16 (twelve years ago) link

i guess it's gotta be 'outshined' but 'room a thousand years wide' has one of the best opening riffs of the genre.

Charlie Howard, Monday, 30 March 2009 07:57 (twelve years ago) link

lol is he singing 'alive' in the middle of that vid???

the most brazen explosion of clitoral lust in folk-metal history (cankles), Monday, 30 March 2009 08:08 (twelve years ago) link

goddamn that ownes

the most brazen explosion of clitoral lust in folk-metal history (cankles), Monday, 30 March 2009 08:09 (twelve years ago) link

it's between Slaves/Jesus/Somewhere/Mind for me

Zayatte Mondatta (country matters), Monday, 30 March 2009 11:38 (twelve years ago) link

I first thought this was a "Jesus Christ Superstar" poll. :)

Geir Hongro, Monday, 30 March 2009 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

Hard choice for me, one of my favorite albums ever. Didn't hear much in the the cursory listen I'd given the their early records. Did not like this one at all when my younger brother's buddy were played it in the living room. All I could hear was churning songs with too many parts that went on too long. But my brother borrowed it, and I gave it a few more chances, and it was "Drawing Flies" that drew me in- 'cause it was fast, 'cause I thought the "x's in my eyes" wordplay and imagery was funny. (The whole record has great lyrics, something they aren't recognized for, 'cause their other discs aren't as tightly written.) With each subsequent play, another song would click for me. By the time the second release came out with SOMMS, there's was no question I'd be buying this disc for the second time in in six months.

All of their other albums try a lot harder for hooks- this one is more gnarled. Seems to force together guitar tones, time signatures, vocal imagery. But the chemistry of the band makes it work. Seems like getting a new member just as they were on the precipice of "making it" added the spark they needed. The credits suggest there was a division of labor on Badmotorfinger that doesn't happen in the rest of their catalog.

I'm gonna have to go with "Drawing Flies", as it was the gateway, and it might not get a lot of other votes. Take Sides: Soundgarden mood-lighteners: Kevin's Mom vs. Drawing Flies vs. Spoonman vs. Ty Cobb.

bendy, Monday, 30 March 2009 12:28 (twelve years ago) link

Definitely regard this as their best album.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 30 March 2009 14:07 (twelve years ago) link

I vote for Outshined but really I could vote for most of these tracks on any given day.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 30 March 2009 14:07 (twelve years ago) link

FACE POLLUTION

6335, Monday, 30 March 2009 15:49 (twelve years ago) link

last 1/3 of that song ^ is probably my all-time fave soundgarden moment

6335, Monday, 30 March 2009 15:55 (twelve years ago) link

"face pollution" is such a grunge song title XD

the worst breed of fong (some dude), Monday, 30 March 2009 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

more epic rocking + lolgrunge fashions

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Monday, 30 March 2009 21:20 (twelve years ago) link

LOVE Drawing Flies...but it's not really representative of the album, dunno

Hadrian VIII, Monday, 30 March 2009 22:01 (twelve years ago) link

NEW DAMAGE also destroys. But it'll have to be Mind Riot.

Hadrian VIII, Monday, 30 March 2009 22:02 (twelve years ago) link

Jesus Christ Pose is amazing...the album is amazing...but I think Slaves and Bulldozers is my song.

Just for the ferocity of Cornell's (once) amazing shrieks...NOWWWWWWWW I KNOW WHY YOU'VE BEEN TAKKKKKKKKKENNNNNNNN!!!!!

III IV V (Bo Jackson Overdrive), Monday, 30 March 2009 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

Room a Thousand Years Wide has such an enormous riff, but it's gotta be JCP.

chap, Monday, 30 March 2009 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

Listening to this now on Spotify, rather than digging out the cd, and it just got interrupted by an advert for his new album which apparently includes his "groundbreaking single". How the mighty have fallen.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Monday, 30 March 2009 23:03 (twelve years ago) link

Are you doing all the Soundgarden albums?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 11:25 (twelve years ago) link

I have some cracking bootlegs on mp3 of early Soundgarden somewhere.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 13:15 (twelve years ago) link

Are you doing all the Soundgarden albums?

Ultramega YouBetcha, though I suspect attendance for the next couple is going to be pretty sparse.

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 16:30 (twelve years ago) link

What's in it for me?

Slaves and Bulldozers

Bill Magill, Tuesday, 31 March 2009 16:32 (twelve years ago) link

top 4 going to get all the votes then?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 22:48 (twelve years ago) link

every song deserves a vote

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Wednesday, 1 April 2009 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

i actually never quite dug rusty cage. kind of plods a bit for me, and i always found it a bit of an unrepresentative track to start the album. the closing two tracks are actually outstanding - i normally never make it that far, because i'm so comprehensively pummeled by some of the earlier tracks.

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 2 April 2009 02:27 (twelve years ago) link

voted 'Face Pollution' for the hell of it.

this was my absolute favorite band in the world from '89 to late '91. must have seen them literally 8 or 9 times during that span (in which they toured CONSTANTLY)

disagree about "Rusty Cage" ... being a massive 'Louder Than Love' fan, I had so much anticipation for this album, first time I heard "RC" i got goosebumps: they were actually getting *better*. rest of the album didn't really maintain that level, except for JCP, for me

Stormy Davis, Thursday, 2 April 2009 03:30 (twelve years ago) link

i'm going to go back and listen to 'louder than love'. seems there's much more to it than i initially tapped found.

anyone hear a prelude to 'fresh tendrils' in 'mind riot'? or a precursor to 'mailman' in 'holy water'?

Charlie Howard, Thursday, 2 April 2009 07:57 (twelve years ago) link

no but i hear a precursor to 'holy water' in 'incessant mace'...

Plunge Protection Team, Thursday, 2 April 2009 12:52 (twelve years ago) link

the song that starts out with "this is a pig" and "this is the sound the devil makes" is also a good one. This whole thing is great, with special mention to "Drawing Flies". I love when the whole band drops out and its just Cornell and the bass. Very nice.

Bill Magill, Thursday, 2 April 2009 13:54 (twelve years ago) link

I feel like "Outshined" is not going to do that well. I love that song, though.

Shannon Whirry & the Bad Brains, Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:06 (twelve years ago) link

we're way too indie around here for Outshined to win this, but it burns... it's between that and Slaves & Bulldozers for me

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:39 (twelve years ago) link

more badmotorfinger video lulz

it's worth remembering that Soundgarden got their major label deal years before "grunge" broke, and it would be years more still before "stoner" had a section at the record store. A&M was selling them as a straight-up metal act.

butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:43 (twelve years ago) link

yeah i saw Soundgarden on Headbanger's Ball more than 120 Minutes, even after grunge hit, definitely.

the "Outshined" video always reminds me of Beavis & Butthead, who thought the bearded dude was the singer from the Spin Doctors. still a great song, don't think it'll suffer too much in the poll since it's by far the album's biggest hit.

deceptigoon (some dude), Thursday, 2 April 2009 16:48 (twelve years ago) link

Drawing Flies

Joe, Thursday, 2 April 2009 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

I had this album on really poorly pressed vinyl back in the day and was never sure all the tricky changes in Face Pollution weren't my needle skipping

Herpes Bizarre (stevie), Tuesday, 13 December 2016 19:50 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

hard to imagine that this and use your illusion came out in the same month

j., Saturday, 12 May 2018 01:33 (three years ago) link

hmm I guess use your illusion was
OUTSHINED
OUTSHINED
OUTSHINED

niels, Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:46 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/18/chris-cornell-soundgarden-audioslave-dead-aged-52

But there’s no doubt that Nirvana’s success propelled them to new heights of popularity, aided by the fact that Soundgarden’s breakthrough album Badmotorfinger, was clearly their most focused and commercial to date. But Soundgarden’s oft-reviled willingness to court a mainstream rock audience – “Fuck, you sound like Rush,” offered Mudhoney’s Mark Arm disparagingly on hearing Badmotorfinger – was always balanced by a certain strangeness and desire to experiment.

j., Saturday, 11 January 2020 00:00 (one year ago) link

From the interview Ned posted:

Regarding your own playing, some people I’ve spoken to feel that Rush’s last two albums were more commercial than usual. Was that on purpose?

NP: Well, if we were trying to be commercial, we failed.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 January 2020 05:24 (one year ago) link

this album fucking rules, start to finish

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:36 (one year ago) link

yes

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:38 (one year ago) link

love that every song got a vote

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:39 (one year ago) link

This is the only Soundgarden album I ever put on.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:39 (one year ago) link

I got to see Johnny Cash play around the time of the second American album. It was right after Soundgarden broke up, and I vividly remember him introducing "Rusty Cage" is his trademark baritone. "I sure hope those boys get back together again."

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:41 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

30 years old!

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:08 (two weeks ago) link

now i know why you've been taken

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 8 October 2021 13:29 (two weeks ago) link

Slaves and Bulldozers is the fuckin best

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

This album has aged really well.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:03 (two weeks ago) link

otm

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

NOW I KNOW WHEN YOUVE BEEN TAKEN

brimstead, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

why

brimstead, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

Slaves and Bulldozers is the fuckin best

― Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, October 8, 2021 7:36 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

best cornell vocal performance?

So many tropes of the Mainstream Rock Format come together here - drop D, jagged time signatures, over-the-top self pity and self aggrandizement, but yeah, it has so much going on and such sly humor it has really aged well. It's not brickwall compressed, so it does sound like four guys in a room, which helps. Secret weapon: horns.

Citole Country (bendy), Friday, 8 October 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

While I don't like this album quite as much as "Superunknown", I will say that "Outshined" is among their best songs.

Lone Wanderer Mark II, Friday, 8 October 2021 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

the highs are HIGH

i much prefer this to superunknown but idk, i guess i formed that opinion when i was 14 and have stuck by it without really revisiting

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:22 (two weeks ago) link

yeah same but in reverse

(but i have revisited)

the devil says
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

the amount of time i spent with this cassette it would count as one of my best friends

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:30 (two weeks ago) link

wdyll in a badmotorfinger shirt on my 16th (?) bday

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154912576217912&set=a.426357297911&type=3

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

shit

try that again

https://i.imgur.com/k9isJOC.jpg

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:35 (two weeks ago) link

That photo rules.

I'm all in with Badmotorfinger over Superunknown and I'd still vote Jesus Christ Pose in this poll. I still don't really understand how they make the noise they make.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

A new daaaaaaamaaaaaaage

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:40 (two weeks ago) link

I vividly remember driving through the woods in the middle of nowhere with some friends looking for a party as a senior in high school listening to this a few days after it came out and REALLY digging "searching with my good eye closed" when it came on, all swirly and heavy and shit.

I also really wish someone in louisiana would stage some sort of 5k fun run and call it the 'rusty cajun run' which is the only way I hear that line these days.

joygoat, Friday, 8 October 2021 19:41 (two weeks ago) link

also i fucking LOVE the horns on drawing flies

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

xpost lol rusty cajun run

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 19:43 (two weeks ago) link

I saw them a few years later with blind melon and neil young (with booker t & the mgs) which is maybe the most wtf 90s lineup I can think of.

joygoat, Friday, 8 October 2021 19:44 (two weeks ago) link

Room a Thousand Years Wide is an all-time song

is there really any bad ones on this?

"Searching with my Good Eye Closed" is what they began the first show I saw of theirs with

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 20:05 (two weeks ago) link

yes, same for my first soundarden show

such a beast of an opener

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 October 2021 21:32 (two weeks ago) link

this is really the album where Cornell's voice got body to it. his mid-range really became more of a weapon so he wasn't just an air raid siren all of the time. just funny how different he sounded in the early days - like he sounded great, don't get me wrong, but he sometimes lived in the stratosphere ("Nothing to Say", "Beyond the Wheel"), and his mid to lower range wasn't used as well - and the music was a bit noisier, rubbery and less dense idea-wise pre-Shepherd.

here he really added dynamics and become a multi-pronged weapon. some of my favorite vocal performances from him on here.

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 21:49 (two weeks ago) link

Mind Riot isn't the greatest song on this necessarily but it's the one I spend the most time thinking about when I'm not listening to the album

I owned it on cassette at first, so I always think of “Rusty Cage” thru “Jesus Christ Pose” as basically one long song.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 9 October 2021 20:01 (two weeks ago) link

Mind Riot isn't the greatest song on this necessarily but it's the one I spend the most time thinking about when I'm not listening to the album

― thing that i used to think was cool but now i just don't have time for (stevie),

That build up! It's got a totally mental tuning as well, every string is 'e'.

chap, Sunday, 10 October 2021 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

I really don't think there's a bad song on this.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Sunday, 10 October 2021 13:24 (two weeks ago) link

Mind Riot has one of the nicest melodic riffs on the entire album.

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 October 2021 13:26 (two weeks ago) link

Holy Water is also sinister af

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Sunday, 10 October 2021 13:27 (two weeks ago) link

I have a distinct memory of hearing Outshined for the first time on my grandmother’s clock radio and feeling like “Whoa, this is so badass, but also nerdy at the same time! Someone made metal just for me!”

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 10 October 2021 13:39 (two weeks ago) link

tbc I was like 11 years old

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 October 2021 02:30 (two weeks ago) link

You know an album kicks ass when every single track gets at least two votes.

― butt-rock miyagi (rogermexico.), Sunday, April 5, 2009

as true now as it was then \m/

poster of sparks (rogermexico.), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 02:00 (two weeks ago) link

Tomorrow begat tomorrow...

earlnash, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 02:20 (two weeks ago) link

was this posted?

An Oral History Of Badmotorfinger.
How are you celebrating 30 years of 'Badmotorfinger?' https://t.co/7pph0DA6zd

— Chris Cornell (@chriscornell) October 12, 2021



Regardless, I'd like to think this is the ultimate guitar record because everybody in the band is a guitarist.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 18:19 (two weeks ago) link

There’s a picture in there of them at the Lollapalooza show I saw in Chicago. My friends and I had gotten way into the Ohio Players and somehow discovered that Soundgarden had covered “Fopp” which of course we never actually heard because it was a small town in 1992.

Anyway we painted FOPP on a bedsheet and snuck it in and unfurled it in the middle of their set and Chris Cornell started laughing and sang a line from it and we were super stoked.

Later RHCP actually covered it and we thought perhaps we had inspired them to learn it backstage on a whim but it turns out they played it pretty frequently.

joygoat, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 20:23 (two weeks ago) link

Heh, someone posted "Drawing Flies" to a xenharmonic/microtonal FB group I read.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 14 October 2021 02:47 (one week ago) link


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