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Video Clip Of The Week: Chris Cornell, “When Bad Does Good”


I never felt the urge to embrace “Grunge” as a fashion trend or social movement, but there is no arguing the fact that a number of the bands associated with that era remain favorites of mine to this day. The music of Soundgarden, in particular, was life-changing for me, and was a huge influence on my early writing career. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that I had a ridiculous crush on vocalist Chris Cornell — but who didn’t? He was truly beautiful — the definition of a Rock God, if you ask me – and his sudden passing in May of 2017 was devastating on many levels. This week, we will pay homage to Chris with the new Video Clip for “When Bad Does Good,” which provides the soothing comfort for a heartache that you may not even realize you had.

“When Bad Does Good” is a previously-unreleased song that appears on the new box set, Chris Cornell: An Artists Legacy, which was also released this past Friday. Shot this fall, the video features Chris and Vicky Cornell’s son, Christopher playing a young Chris Cornell as a paper boy in Seattle, representing who Chris was and where he came from, and paying tribute to his hometown of Seattle. Song lyrics from Cornell’s illustrious career are hidden throughout the video, showcasing the breadth of his songwriting as a poet and lyricist. The video for “When Bad Does Good” features mementos and places that played a part in Chris’ life and was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who also directed Soundgarden’s videos for “Loud Love” and “Hands All Over.” “When Bad Does Good” was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. We still miss you, Chris. Thank you for the music. Enjoy.

Chris Cornell Box Set Artwork
Chris Cornell Box Set Artwork (Image Source)

Chris Cornell Memorial Video Clip of The Week: Soundgarden, “Outshined”


I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I’ve kept the movie rolling
But the story’s getting old now, oh yeah
I just looked in the mirror
And things aren’t looking so good
I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota, oh yeah

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies, gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Yeah I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah
Yeah
Someone let the dogs out
They’ll show where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shitting, oh yeah
I’m feeling that I’m sober
Even though I’m drinking
I can’t get any lower
Still I feel I’m sinking

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah, hmm

Outshined, oh oh

Oh, so now you know, who gets mystified
Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh, I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling
Outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Chris Cornell
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Chris Cornell: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017. Rest In Peace.

Video Clip of The Week: Inglorious, “Unaware”



Here at The ‘Gig, we like to show our flexible sense of aesthetics by changing up the Sunday Morning Video Clip between soft songs that sooth, and (because getting out of bed is hard) slightly more strident tunes  to gently kick your ass into gear.  Today we are going with the latter category. If you count yourself among the many hard rock fans who cry out for heavy music that hasn’t forgotten its melodic sensibilities, then you’ll want to know more about UK Rockers Inglorious, who bring us this week’s clip, “Unaware.” All I can say is that I am glad to be no longer ‘unaware’ of this great band!

Managing to sound both contemporary and classic simultaneously, Inglorious remind me so much of Soundgarden (which has a lot to do with vocalist Nathan James’ Chris Cornell-quality set of pipes) only with more consistently appealing songwriting. And you know that can’t be bad. “Unaware” is a bold, modern metal anthem that is equal parts exultant and menacing; the kind of song that embiggens (look it up) you to play it way too loud, just so your upstairs neighbors can hear what a badass you are. I bet they are fucking insane live.

Visually, the clip is showy without being ostentatious, featuring both live performance clips of the band, on stage against screen projections of nocturnal urban landscapes, and James prowling a well-lit concrete corridor and (as Hendrix so succinctly put it) “Comin’ Ta Git Ya!” Come and get me, baby.

Inglorious also includes rhythm guitarist Wil Taylor, lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson, bassist Colin Parkinson and drummer Phil Beaver, and “Unaware” can be found on the band’s self-titled debut album, which was just released on February 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. RIYL: Soundgarden, Dio, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam’s First Album. Enjoy!

Inglorious Album Art

Unexpected Hotness: Munky from Korn

Munky: I Would Do It

No one who really knows me would ever accidentally accuse me of being a fan of the band Korn. Being a happy and well-adjusted person who does not really enjoy listening to a lot of screaming (exception: anything by Ministry), their music is not really my bag. But my friend Ray Luzier has been Korn’s drummer for about three years, and it’s been at least that long since I’ve seen Ray, since he lives in LA and I live here in NYC. So when Korn’s new record label, the great Roadrunner Records, invited me to attend a listening party for the band’s upcoming CD: Korn III: Remember Who You Are (in stores July 13, 2010), and I heard that not only would Ray be there but that also the catering would be provided by Dos Caminos (such delicious food they have) I decided I could not miss this opportunity to make the scene.

It turned out to be a good call. Ray and I had a nice reunion with ample quality time to catch up before the music started, and the guacamole from Dos Caminos was just as amazing as I remembered it to be, even if there were a few too many jalapenos thrown into the mix. Also, Korn’s new record, well it’s pretty good. I mean, it’s Korn, so there are not really any surprises: it sounds like Korn, all loud and angry and growly and like bombs exploding in your face. Metal! But I also kind of dug it. You can hear real guitars in there and Ray’s drumming is amazing and very different from his days in the David Lee Roth band, that is for sure. How they get his kick drums to sound like cannons going off I just don’t know. But I guess the biggest surprise of the evening, for me, was getting an eyeful of Korn’s guitarist, who is named James Shaffer but who everyone calls Munky. Nicknames! Let me tell you, dreadlocks or no dreadlocks, the dude is fucking hot. We’re talking Chris Cornell-pre-haircut caliber hotness. I wouldn’t want to have to smell his hair, but I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to actually say Hello to Munky, but it’s probably for the best since the only thing I could think of to say to him was “You are so good looking.” And nobody wants to hear that.

Louder Than Love: Chris Cornell at Irving Plaza!

Chris Cornell 2007
I’ve Been Deaf Now I Want Noise

It’s fairly old news at this juncture that singer-slash-rock god, Chris Cornell left Audioslave a few months back to do the solo thing again. I can’t say that I’m terribly heartbroken about the move. Rage Against the Machine was always one of my least favorite angry pinko bands on the planet, and being as Audioslave was 3/4’s of Rage, they didn’t really know what to do with the more subtle textures of Chris’s voice anyway. Good riddance.

Chris has a new CD coming out in June and I’m trying to snag an advance copy of that as I type. But he played a show last night at NYC’s Irving Plaza and thanks to my friend Jason Sutter, who is also Chris’s new drummer, I was there. Thanks Jason. You rule.

I knew I must be seriously starved for The Rock when I was able to get all wet and crazy over the opening song of the evening, “Spoon Man” — which, let’s be real here, is not one of Soundgarden’s best songs. From what I heard last night, Chris’s new disc sounds like it will be worth buying, but the jury is still out over whether it will even be able to touch his last solo album, Euphoria Morning, which was just insane.

I would like to now personally thank Chris and his band for doing “Outshined,” “Rusty Cage,” “Jesus Christ Pose,” and the shocker of the night, “Loud Love.” Wow. Chris Cornell is awesome.

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