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Screaming Life/Fopp

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  • No matter what anyone says, this is an absolutely awesome record, especially considering it’s the first record Soundgarden put out. Screaming Life is clearly the highlight of the two EPs, so I’ll talk about that first.A lot of people insult the scratchy, almost “ghetto” sound of the songs on this record, but if you bought it on vinyl, you’d know that that’s just a result of the cd not being digitally remastered. You CAN’T hold that against the band. What’s left beneath that is some absolutely gorgeous music. Nothing to Say, Hunted Down, and Entering are some of the best Soundgarden songs ever written, and in my opinion, some of the best rock songs ever written. In those songs there is undeniable skill from all sides–vocals, drums, bass, and guitar. What more could you ask for?Now the Fopp EP…Soundgarden had this tendency to make fun of things via imitation, but then at the end it looked like they were serious (take “Big Dumb Sex” on Louder than Love for example). Fopp is the same way…it’s a joke. Swallow My Pride, on the other hand, is a classic grunge song, written by Green River. Half of the bands that matter have covered it, so it’s only proper that Soundgarden did too.In all fairness, I can see why some “Soungarden fans” don’t like this. But if you fall in that category, take a step back and acknowledge that you’re just a casual Soungarden listener, because any real fan knows that this record is genuine, unfiltered Soundgarden. Maybe you should go give Audioslave a shot instead.

    Posted on December 18, 2009