Written By Braddon S. Williams
Soundgarden: Bad Motorfinger
Although Soundgarden are rightfully acknowledged as one of the Big 4 of Grunge, there is far more to their sound than just plaid shirts and fuzz toned, down tuned guitars.
Badmotorfinger (1991) was their breakthrough album, and displayed more depth and diversity in their songwriting and in overall production values.
Seattle was definitely a hot spot of talent and creativity, and the entire scene was prepped to become a national happening. Badmotorfinger flew high on the soaring vocals of Chris Cornell, coupled with imaginative use of alternate tunings and odd time signatures which separated them from most of the hard rock pack of the time.
Songs like Outshined, Rusty Cage, Drawing Flies, Jesus Christ Pose, Slaves & Bulldozers, New Damage, Holy Water, and Searching With My Good Eye Closed were among the best stuff Soundgarden had written at that point in their career.
The album was expertly produced by Terry Date, who also did some incredible work with PanterA, among others.
In the wave of Grunge madness that swept the nation, Badmotorfinger remains one of the best albums ever of that massively popular genre.