Pioneers of grunge, rock band Soundgarden, formed in Seattle, USA in 1984. They were founded by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Drummer Matt Cameron joined in group in 1986.
Soundgarden released their first album Ultramega OK to critical acclaim in 1988. Over the next few years the band fine-tuned its sound and helped popularise the genre in the early 1990s along with Seattle contemporaries Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana.
The band eventually achieved breakthrough success in 1994 with the release of their fourth album, Superunknown. They gained popularity with the singles Black Hole Sun & Spoonman. The album achieved chart success and was awarded two Grammys. The band dissolved in 1997 and re-formed in 2010 until the death of Chris Cornell in 2017.