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Name: Soundgarden                                                                 
Origin: Seattle, Washington, USA                                                   
Soundgarden was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. 
Formed by [[Chris Cornell] (lead vocals, drums), Kim Thayil (lead guitar), and     
Hiro Yamamoto (bass guitar) with Matt Cameron (drums, backing vocals) later       
becoming member in 1986 and Ben Shepherd (bass) later replacing Yamamoto.         
Soundgarden was one of the key bands in the creation of grunge music, a musical   
style that developed in Seattle and was based around their record label Sub Pop.   
Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label, but they did not   
achieve commercial success until Seattle contemporaries Nirvana and Pearl Jam     
popularized grunge in the early 1990s.                                             
Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown which   
debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award winning 
singles "Black Hole Sun" and "Spoonman". In 1997, the band broke up due to         
internal strife over their creative direction.