The Soundgarden Album Chris Cornell Described As A ‘Huge Mistake’

Rock musicians were always good at fusing genres or inventing new subgenres. Soundgarden is known to have combined the hard metal sound in the alternative rock scene and became a prominent figure in the rock world. The musical talents of the band members have always received appreciation, and their late lead vocalist Chris Cornell was a notable musician for the group.

He is known to be one of the key figures of the grunge in the 1990s in a scene where Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ came out. Soundgarden was formed in 1984, and they released the EPs ‘Screaming Life’ in 1987 and ‘Fopp’ in 1988. These EPs were released before a full-length studio album, received positive reactions, and began gathering fans. The full-length album came right after ‘Fopp,’ but Chris Cornell regrets ever making that album.

Why Did Chris Cornell Regret Their Debut Album?

Being new at creating albums and so on, the musicians need guidance throughout the process. The business side of the music industry can sometimes be strange for the creators. Hence, Soundgarden also required that help to create their debut studio album ‘Ultramega OK.’ However, according to Chris Cornell, things didn’t go as planned, and the album did not satisfy them.

Their record label had suggested the producer Drew Canulette as he was more financial help for the band. Nevertheless, he didn’t do a good job and, on the contrary, affected it negatively. He wasn’t familiar with the band’s sound and couldn’t produce something to their liking. Cornell also regretted the album because it took them to leave their familiar surroundings and created songs that weren’t ‘them.’

He also spoke to Kerrang in 1995 and said:

“We made a huge mistake with ‘Ultramega OK’ because we left our home surroundings and people we’d been involved with and used this producer that did affect our album in a kind of negative way. The producer was suggested by SST because they could get a good deal.

I regret it because, in terms of material, it should have been one of the best records we ever did. It actually slowed down our momentum a little bit because it didn’t sound like us.

Regardless of Cornell’s dissatisfaction, ‘Ultramega OK’ was released. The album containing heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and hardcore punk earned a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Metal Performance. Soundgarden also followed it up with a US tour and then got their first overseas tour.