Remembering Chris Cornell One Year After His Death

Music News
05/18/2018
KEXP
Photo by Jim Bennett

“No one sings like you anymore.”

After the news broke a year ago today, May 18, that Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had died by suicide at the age of 52, those words from “Black Hole Sun” were often quoted by grieving fans and media outlets. It’s an easy line to gravitate to and one that holds a powerful truth we’re still feeling 365 days later. No one does sing like Cornell anymore. No one did before. No one will after. The Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave frontman was a force unique to himself, an irreplaceable talent that not only helped establish Seattle as one the country’s greatest music cities but also crafted a beautiful and eclectic body of work. He gave listeners a voice to hang onto when the world felt like it had fallen on black days.

Losing Cornell still hurts and still feels unreal. But the songs he’s left us with remain a constant. We can still turn to Superunknown and Badmotorfinger and let his stirring songwriting and his seemingly impossible voice resound in our ears. He’s left behind a remarkable solo catalog, including his final solo album Higher Truth and last song “The Promise.” Cornell also famously appeared in the 1992 Seattle-set rom-com Singles, of which he also shared some of his first solo songs and instrumental compositions. We can't change that we've lost such a beautiful talent, but we can find healing in the remarkable work he left us with.

We welcome KEXP listeners to take some time to remember Cornell’s astounding legacy. Revisit some of the tributes and features from last year below.

If you, or someone you know, are in need of someone to talk to, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You are not alone.

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