Soundgarden’s Thayil Talks B-Side Set



Holy fucking shit on a shingle, have I been a busy bee today!

Sadly, I awoke too late to get any posts up before I had to hit work. Sorry about that, kids. I hate letting you down.

So, it seems Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has offered up some details about the group’s forthcoming record of B-sides, and whether a new one’s feasible.

“This is almost exclusively — there might be one or two exceptions — released material, focusing on original Soundgarden released and published material that has never been compiled on a Soundgarden album,” he says.

“Things from compilation records, like Sub Pop Rock City, for instance, might have been on the B-sides album.”

No covers, he says, but originals like “‘Heretic,’ maybe ‘Toy Box.’ ‘Toy Box’ was recorded during the Screaming Life period, eight-track with Jack Endino. There might be some interest in putting that together with other material from that period of time.”

And what’s next for the band?

“Chris is doing a solo acoustic tour and Matt [Cameron] is out on the road with Pearl Jamsides record, which I first announced back in 1995…it’s been almost 20 years of backburner neglect. The past four years, I’ve taken some action toward getting the ball rolling. Now it’s just a matter of working with Jeff Fura at A&M Records and getting this thing going. And of course, the reissue of Screaming Life, and the eventual remixing and re-release of Ultramega OK.”

A new album, if it happens, is likely two years out.

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