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Superunknown was released November 1993. It was the fourth album by the band Soundgarden, their third through A&M Records.

The name "Spoonman" is credited to Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam. While on the set of the movie Singles, Jeff, who was part of the fictional band featured in the movie, came up with a list of possible titles. Chris Cornell took it as a challenge to write a list of songs using those titles, and "Spoonman" was one of them. The song, and its video, featured Artis the Spoonman, who is a street entertainer in Seattle.

The album shows a Beatles influence, particularly on "Black Hole Sun" and "Head Down". In a 1994 interview with Guitar World[?], Kim Thayil explains this: "We looked deep down inside the very core of our souls and there was a little Ringo sitting there. Oh sure, we like telling people it's John Lennon or George Harrison; but when you really look deep inside of Soundgarden, there's a little Ringo wanting to get out"

Track Listing

  • "Let Me Drown"
  • "My Wave"
  • "Fell On Black Days"
  • "Mailman"
  • "Superunknown"
  • "Head Down"
  • "Black Hole Sun"
  • "Spoonman"
  • "Limo Wreck"
  • "The Day I Tried To Live"
  • "Kickstand"
  • "Fresh Tendrils"
  • "4th Of July"
  • "Half"
  • "Like Suicide"
  • "She Likes Surprises"


  • Artis the Spoonman - Spoons on "Spoonman"
  • Michael Beinhorn - Producer
  • Matt Cameron - Drums
  • David Collins - Mastering
  • Jason Corsaro - Engineer
  • Chris Cornell - Vocals, Guitar
  • Adam Kasper - Assistant Engineer
  • Gregg Keplinger - Percussion on "Head Down"
  • Brendan O'Brien - Mixing
  • Ben Shepherd - Bass
  • Kim Thayil - Guitar

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