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Are you a fan of rock music? If yes, you probably know the rock band Soundgarden. Do you love their music? How many members are there in the band? This quiz will tell how much you know about them.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What album saw Soundgarden break through to mainstream success?

    • A.

      Superunknown

    • B.

      Louder Than Love

    • C.

      Badmotorfinger

    • D.

      Ultramega OK

    Correct Answer
    A. Superunknown
    Explanation
    Superunknown is the correct answer because it was the album that propelled Soundgarden to mainstream success. Released in 1994, it featured hit singles such as "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman" that received significant radio airplay and helped the band gain widespread recognition. Superunknown also received critical acclaim for its innovative sound, combining elements of grunge, alternative rock, and heavy metal. The album's commercial success and critical praise solidified Soundgarden's position as one of the leading bands of the 1990s alternative rock movement.

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  • 2. 

    The video for what Soundgarden song was banned by MTV in 1991?

    • A.

      Rusty Cage

    • B.

      Black Hole Sun

    • C.

      Jesus Christ Pose

    • D.

      Outshined

    Correct Answer
    C. Jesus Christ Pose
    Explanation
    "Jesus Christ Pose" by Soundgarden was banned by MTV in 1991. The song and its accompanying music video were seen as controversial and provocative due to its religious imagery and themes. The video featured lead singer Chris Cornell in various poses resembling religious figures, which some viewers found offensive. MTV deemed it inappropriate for broadcast, leading to its ban.

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  • 3. 

    Which Soundgarden song is considered by some to be the last hit of the grunge era?

    • A.

      My Wave

    • B.

      Spoonman

    • C.

      Rusty Cage

    • D.

      Black Hole Sun

    Correct Answer
    D. Black Hole Sun
    Explanation
    "Black Hole Sun" is considered by some to be the last hit of the grunge era because it was released in 1994, towards the end of the grunge movement. The song achieved significant commercial success, reaching the top of the charts and receiving heavy airplay on radio and MTV. It showcased the melodic and introspective elements that defined the grunge genre, while also incorporating psychedelic and alternative rock influences. The song's popularity and impact solidified Soundgarden's status as one of the leading bands of the grunge era.

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  • 4. 

    Soundgarden's bleak "Black Hole Sun" resonated in the wake of what 1994 event?

    • A.

      Kurt Cobain's Suicide

    • B.

      The Break-up of NKOTB

    • C.

      Pink Floyd's Division Bell Album

    • D.

      Jerry Garcia's Marriage

    Correct Answer
    A. Kurt Cobain's Suicide
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Kurt Cobain's Suicide. Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" was released in 1994, the same year that Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, died by suicide. The song's dark and haunting lyrics and sound captured the sense of despair and hopelessness that many felt in the aftermath of Cobain's death. The song became an anthem for a generation grappling with mental health issues and the loss of a beloved musician.

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  • 5. 

    What did many of the songs on Soundgarden's album Superunknown deal with?

    • A.

      Traumatic Chilhood Memories

    • B.

      Broken Relationships

    • C.

      Drug Abuse, Suicide And Depression

    • D.

      Partying And Clubbing

    Correct Answer
    C. Drug Abuse, Suicide And Depression
    Explanation
    Many of the songs on Soundgarden's album Superunknown deal with drug abuse, suicide, and depression. This can be inferred from the fact that the album is known for its dark and introspective lyrics, which often explore themes of mental anguish and despair. The band's frontman, Chris Cornell, has also openly discussed his struggles with substance abuse and depression, further supporting the idea that these topics are prevalent in the album's songs.

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  • 6. 

    Who was Soundgarden's primary song-writer?

    • A.

      Matt Cameron

    • B.

      Ben Shepherd

    • C.

      Kim Thayil

    • D.

      Chris Cornell

    Correct Answer
    D. Chris Cornell
    Explanation
    Chris Cornell was the primary songwriter for Soundgarden. He was the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the band, and his distinctive voice and songwriting skills played a significant role in shaping Soundgarden's sound and success. Cornell wrote many of the band's hit songs, including "Black Hole Sun," "Fell on Black Days," and "Spoonman." His lyrics often explored dark and introspective themes, and his songwriting prowess contributed to Soundgarden's status as one of the pioneering bands of the grunge movement in the 1990s.

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  • 7. 

    What later Soundgarden hit briefly appears in its demo form in the movie "Singles"?

    • A.

      Fell On Black Days

    • B.

      Black Hole Sun

    • C.

      My Wave

    • D.

      Spoonman

    Correct Answer
    D. Spoonman
    Explanation
    In the movie "Singles," the later Soundgarden hit "Spoonman" briefly appears in its demo form. The song gained popularity after its release on the band's 1994 album "Superunknown." It features unique percussion elements and showcases the band's signature grunge sound. "Spoonman" became one of Soundgarden's most recognizable and successful songs, receiving critical acclaim and earning them a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

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  • 8. 

    Which Soundgarden member has a brief cameo in the movie "Singles"?

    • A.

      Kim Thayil

    • B.

      Ben Shepherd

    • C.

      Chris Cornell

    • D.

      Matt Cameron

    Correct Answer
    C. Chris Cornell
    Explanation
    Chris Cornell has a brief cameo in the movie "Singles."

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  • 9. 

    Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell later went on to front which band?

    • A.

      Puddle of Mudd

    • B.

      Audioslave

    • C.

      Rage Against The Machine

    • D.

      Velvet Revolver

    Correct Answer
    B. Audioslave
    Explanation
    Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden, later joined forces with members of Rage Against The Machine to form the band Audioslave. This supergroup achieved great success with hits like "Like a Stone" and "Show Me How to Live" before disbanding in 2007.

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  • 10. 

    Soundgarden's lead singer goes by the name of?

    • A.

      Chris Yale

    • B.

      Chris Princeton

    • C.

      Chris Dartmouth

    • D.

      Chris Cornell

    Correct Answer
    D. Chris Cornell
    Explanation
    Chris Cornell is the correct answer because he is the lead singer of the band Soundgarden. He is well-known for his powerful vocals and distinctive singing style. Chris Yale, Chris Princeton, and Chris Dartmouth are not the names of Soundgarden's lead singer and therefore, are incorrect options.

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  • 11. 

    What year was the Seattle band Soundgarden formed?

    • A.

      1984

    • B.

      1994

    • C.

      1981

    • D.

      1978

    Correct Answer
    A. 1984
    Explanation
    In 1984, the Seattle band Soundgarden was formed. This suggests that the band came together and started their musical journey in this specific year.

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  • 12. 

    After dropping out of school, how did Chris Cornell of Soundgarden make a living?

    • A.

      As A Bus Driver

    • B.

      As A Cook

    • C.

      As A Paramedic

    • D.

      As A Beggar

    Correct Answer
    B. As A Cook
    Explanation
    Chris Cornell of Soundgarden made a living as a cook after dropping out of school. This means that he worked in the culinary industry, preparing meals and possibly working in restaurants or other food establishments. This career choice allowed him to earn income and support himself financially.

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  • 13. 

    Prior to releasing their first album, Soundgarden released two EPs on what label?

    • A.

      SST

    • B.

      Alternative Tentacles

    • C.

      Lookout!

    • D.

      Sub-Pop

    Correct Answer
    D. Sub-Pop
    Explanation
    Soundgarden released two EPs on the Sub-Pop label prior to releasing their first album.

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  • 14. 

    Which member of Soundgarden left to return to college after its first major album?

    • A.

      Kim Thayil

    • B.

      Ben Shepherd

    • C.

      Matt Cameron

    • D.

      Hiro Yamamoto

    Correct Answer
    D. Hiro Yamamoto
    Explanation
    Hiro Yamamoto is the correct answer because he left Soundgarden to return to college after the band's first major album.

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  • 15. 

    What was Soundgarden's first major crossover hit?

    • A.

      Spoonman

    • B.

      Fell On Black Days

    • C.

      My Wave

    • D.

      Black Hole Sun

    Correct Answer
    A. Spoonman
    Explanation
    "Spoonman" was Soundgarden's first major crossover hit because it achieved significant success on both rock and mainstream music charts. The song's unique and catchy sound, combining heavy guitar riffs with unconventional percussion, helped it stand out and appeal to a wide audience. Additionally, "Spoonman" received extensive radio airplay and its music video received heavy rotation on MTV, further contributing to its crossover success.

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  • 16. 

    What song was Soundgarden's first number one single?

    • A.

      My Wave

    • B.

      Black Hole Sun

    • C.

      Spoonman

    • D.

      Fell on Black Days

    Correct Answer
    B. Black Hole Sun
    Explanation
    "Black Hole Sun" was Soundgarden's first number one single because it achieved significant commercial success and topped the charts. The song, released in 1994, showcased the band's unique blend of alternative rock and grunge elements. Its catchy melody, memorable lyrics, and Chris Cornell's powerful vocals resonated with a wide audience, propelling it to the top of the charts and solidifying Soundgarden's place in music history.

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  • 17. 

    Soundgarden's "Spoonman" had its genesis during the filming of which Gen X film?

    • A.

      Mallrats

    • B.

      Singles

    • C.

      Empire Records

    • D.

      Slackers

    Correct Answer
    B. Singles
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Singles. "Spoonman" by Soundgarden was inspired and created during the filming of the Gen X film Singles. The song became a significant part of the film's soundtrack and gained popularity, eventually winning a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

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  • 18. 

    Which Soundgarden music video is noted for its strange David Lynch-inspired visuals?

    • A.

      Hands All Over

    • B.

      Black Hole Sun

    • C.

      Outshined

    • D.

      Spoonman

    Correct Answer
    B. Black Hole Sun
    Explanation
    "Black Hole Sun" is noted for its strange David Lynch-inspired visuals. The music video, directed by Howard Greenhalgh, features surreal and distorted imagery that reflects the dark and twisted nature of David Lynch's work. The video depicts a suburban neighborhood with bizarre and unsettling scenes, such as distorted faces, melting objects, and surreal landscapes. These visuals capture the eerie and unsettling atmosphere of Lynch's films, making "Black Hole Sun" stand out among Soundgarden's music videos.

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  • 19. 

    Who was Soundgarden's "Spoonman" written about?

    • A.

      A Silverware Salesman

    • B.

      An Ice Cream Man

    • C.

      A Street Performer

    • D.

      Former President George Bush

    Correct Answer
    C. A Street Performer
    Explanation
    The song "Spoonman" by Soundgarden was written about a street performer. The lyrics and the title of the song suggest that the subject of the song is someone who plays the spoons as a form of musical performance on the streets. This is further supported by the fact that the song features the sound of spoons being played as a percussion instrument. The song celebrates the talent and uniqueness of this street performer.

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  • 20. 

    Soundgarden's first major label single, "Jesus Christ Pose", is an attack on what?

    • A.

      Rockstars Pretending To Be Jesus

    • B.

      Fashion Models

    • C.

      Anti-Christian Rock Songs

    • D.

      Christianity

    Correct Answer
    A. Rockstars Pretending To Be Jesus
    Explanation
    "Jesus Christ Pose" by Soundgarden is a critique of rockstars who adopt a messianic image and portray themselves as Jesus. The song condemns the practice of using religious symbolism for personal gain or to manipulate their audience. It expresses disdain towards the insincerity and hypocrisy of these rockstars, highlighting the disconnection between their public persona and their true selves.

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  • 21. 

    Which Soundgarden song contains the lyric, "Looking California and feeling Minnesota"?

    • A.

      Birth Ritual

    • B.

      Flower

    • C.

      Ugly Truth

    • D.

      Outshined

    Correct Answer
    D. Outshined
    Explanation
    "Outshined" is the correct answer because it is a Soundgarden song that contains the lyric, "Looking California and feeling Minnesota." This lyric refers to the contrast between appearing glamorous on the outside (looking California) while feeling down or depressed on the inside (feeling Minnesota). The song's lyrics and overall tone capture themes of self-doubt and inner turmoil, making it a standout track in Soundgarden's discography.

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  • 22. 

    Which band is credited as having a major influence on Soundgarden's guitar sound?

    • A.

      Kiss

    • B.

      Black Sabbath

    • C.

      Nirvana

    • D.

      Green River

    Correct Answer
    B. Black Sabbath
    Explanation
    Black Sabbath is credited as having a major influence on Soundgarden's guitar sound. Soundgarden's guitarist Kim Thayil has often cited Tony Iommi, the guitarist of Black Sabbath, as one of his main influences. Thayil has mentioned Iommi's heavy and dark guitar riffs as a significant inspiration for his own playing style. Soundgarden's music, characterized by heavy guitar-driven sound and dark, brooding lyrics, bears similarities to Black Sabbath's pioneering heavy metal sound. This influence can be heard in Soundgarden's use of heavy, downtuned guitars and their incorporation of dark and sludgy musical elements.

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  • 23. 

    Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love" was allegedly originally going to be called what?

    • A.

      Louder Than Everything

    • B.

      Louder Than F--k

    • C.

      Louder Than Hate

    • D.

      Louder Than You

    Correct Answer
    B. Louder Than F--k
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Louder Than F--k." This answer is supported by the fact that the question states that Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love" was allegedly originally going to be called something else. The answer "Louder Than F--k" fits this criteria as it suggests a more explicit and provocative title, which is in line with the band's style and attitude.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following was never put out as a separate Soundgarden release?

    • A.

      Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas

    • B.

      Flower

    • C.

      Superunknown

    • D.

      Fopp

    Correct Answer
    A. Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas
    Explanation
    Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas was never put out as a separate Soundgarden release. This is because it is not a real Soundgarden release. The other options, Flower, Superunknown, and Fopp, are all actual albums or EPs released by Soundgarden.

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  • 25. 

    What Soundgarden song plays over the opening credits of the movie "S.F.W."?

    • A.

      Mind Riot

    • B.

      Slaves And Bulldozers

    • C.

      Outshined

    • D.

      Jesus Christ Pose

    Correct Answer
    D. Jesus Christ Pose
    Explanation
    "Jesus Christ Pose" is the correct answer because it is the Soundgarden song that plays over the opening credits of the movie "S.F.W.". This song, released in 1991, is known for its heavy guitar riffs and powerful vocals, which perfectly set the tone for the movie's opening scene. The lyrics of the song also align with the rebellious and provocative themes explored in the film, making it a fitting choice for the opening credits.

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  • 26. 

    Which Soundgarden album ranked 45 on a list of Guitar World's top 100 guitar albums?

    • A.

      Ultramega OK

    • B.

      Louder Than Love

    • C.

      Badmotorfinger

    • D.

      Superunknown

    Correct Answer
    C. Badmotorfinger
    Explanation
    Badmotorfinger ranked 45 on a list of Guitar World's top 100 guitar albums.

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  • 27. 

    What legendary guitarist teamed with Soundgarden for a CD compilation to benefit Greenpeace?

    • A.

      Eric Clapton

    • B.

      Neil Young

    • C.

      Brian May

    • D.

      Jimmy Page

    Correct Answer
    C. Brian May
    Explanation
    Brian May is the correct answer because he is a legendary guitarist who teamed up with Soundgarden for a CD compilation to benefit Greenpeace. This collaboration showcases May's commitment to environmental causes and his willingness to use his platform to make a positive impact.

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