Soundgarden Delivering 25th Anniversary Box Set for 'Badmotorfinger' This Fall

BY Gregory AdamsPublished Oct 1, 2016

With Soundgarden already having been been on the reissue trail over the last few years, it's no surprise that the metal/alternative greats are now ready to celebrate their mighty Badmotorfinger in style. Though the full details have yet to arrive, guitarist Kim Thayil says a box set release behind the classic album is due on November 18.

The guitarist for the classic Seattle grunge group told Loudwire that he's been overseeing a number of Soundgarden-related projects, including a 25th anniversary package behind Badmotorfinger. He didn't offer up much more beyond the expected due date, but the quartet have handled this kind of a release before. In 2014, they delivered an extras and B-sides-loaded anniversary release behind 1994's Superunknown.

Badmotorfinger was a landmark release for the band. Issued October 8, 1991, via A&M, the act's third full-length release contains singles like "Rusty Cage," later covered by Johnny Cash, "Outshined," and the truly haunting "Jesus Christ Pose." In addition to having videos for those tracks thrown into constant rotation in the early '90s, the album led to touring with Guns N' Roses and a slot on the 1992 edition of Lollapalooza.

Thayil also noted that Soundgarden were still in the midst of remixing and remastering 1988's Ultramega OK for an upcoming re-release. Thayil had said back in 2014 that he and original album producer Jack Endino had got together to create a "beautiful, heavier, warmer mix" of the album. It had initially been released in the '80s through punk imprint SST, but will now be delivered through Sub Pop.

Thayil also told Loudwire that Soundgarden have something in the works for this November's Black Friday event through Record Store Day, and also added that the band have been getting together to work on a follow-up to 2012's King Animal.

"Over the past year we've had a number of songwriting and jam sessions," he said, "getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we've had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We'll continue to do this as everyone's schedules open up. Hopefully next year we'll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas."

Earlier this year, the band delivered new vinyl pressings of 1989's Louder Than Love and 1996's Down on the Upside. In 2013, they delivered a new edition of their Screaming Life/Fopp through Sub Pop.


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