Bad motor fingers

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Bad motor fingers
Soundgarden studio album


October 8, 1991

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Genre (s)

Grunge , alternative rock

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running time




Studio (s)

March to April 1991, Studio D, Sausalito , California , Bear Creek Studios, Woodinville , California, A&M Studios, Los Angeles , California

Louder Than Love
Bad motor fingers Superunknown
Single releases
1990 Room a Thousand Years Wide
1991 Jesus Christ pose
1991 Outshined
1992 Rusty cage

Badmotorfinger is the third studio album by the grunge band Soundgarden . It was released in October 1991 by A&M Records. The first single from the album was - apart from Room a Thousand Years Wide , which had previously been released in a different version - Jesus Christ Pose was released, followed by Outshined in the same year and Rusty Cage in 1992 . In 1992 the album was nominated for a Grammy for " Best Metal Performance ".


Musically, Soundgarden on Badmotorfinger were compared with a mixture of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin . Slow pieces with heavy riffs like Outshined or New Damage mix with fast and experimental songs like Rusty Cage . Different guitar tunings are used: Jesus Christ Pose and Outshined have the E string tuned to D ( Dropped D ), Rusty Cage , Holy Water and Searching with My Good Eye Closed to H. Complex time signatures are also used, for example a 7/4 time in Outshined and a 9/8 and 6/4 time in Face Pollution .

In Kerrang magazines was to read, the band had the album with the White Album of Beatles compared. In German rock hard the band called this "nonsense". They had 23 songs available and 19 recorded, of which twelve were on the album, they didn't feel like doing a double album. When it came to songwriting, bassist Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron were careful to write faster pieces and "not always just those heavyslower songs". In the lyrics on Badmotorfinger , guitarist Kim Thayil named "truth" as a central motif - and "every album" by the band has something to do with "religiousness". As musical influences for the band's melancholy , Thayil named British bands such as Killing Joke , Wire and Bauhaus, among others, in addition to the general mood in the Northwest of the USA . In addition, he especially distanced himself from glam metal :

“We're heavy, but not metal. The people who listen to the radio or watch MTV today are slowly developing new listening habits. That is again due to the successes of Metallica , Jane's Addiction , Faith No More , Slayer ... "

- Kim Thayil 1991

History of origin

After the album Louder Than Love , great bassist Hiro Yamamoto left the band to return to college. He was replaced by Jason Everman , who only stayed in the band for a few concerts. At the beginning of 1990 he was followed by Ben Sheperd, who contributed a lot to the songwriting of Badmotorfinger and recorded the album in March and April 1991. As on Louder Than Love , Terry Date was selected as the producer . The album was released in October 1991, shortly after Nirvana's Nevermind .

Soundgarden's record company A&M had already hoped for the big breakthrough with Badmotorfinger . The album also brought some media attention to Soundgarden, it reached number 39 in the USA, but Nirvana's worldwide success was much greater at the time. Before Nevermind, Soundgarden were marketed as a metal or hard rock band. In 1991, after a headlining tour in October and November, they played in the opening act of the Use-Your-Illusion tour of Guns N 'Roses , which made the band appear in large stadiums for the first time and increase their popularity. In February 1992 Soundgarden accompanied Skid Row on their slave-to-the-grind tour, after which the band toured Europe and again the United States. In summer 1992 the band was again part of the Use Your Illusion tour, together with Faith No More . This was immediately followed by appearances at the Lollapalooza festivals with Red Hot Chili Peppers , Pearl Jam and Ministry .


The magazine Visions named Badmotorfinger in its list of "150 albums for eternity" in 2003 at number 78. The editors of the rock-hard magazine placed the album at number 71 in their list of 500 titles. Holger Stratmann picked this up in the magazine Partly increased tempo of the pieces and described Rusty Cage as "one of the best power songs of the year". The record is a "fireworks full of emotions". He awarded 9.5 out of ten points.

Steve Huey from Allmusic awarded four and a half stars out of five. With the album “everything” he called a step forward compared to its predecessor. "This is tough, challenging hard rock full of intellectual sensitivity and complex interplay of the band."

In 2014, the album was ranked 78 on the list the 100 best metal and hard rock albums of all time of Rolling Stone .

Track list

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Bad motor fingers
  US 39 10/26/1991 (58 weeks)
  UK 39 04/25/1992 (2 weeks)
  1. Rusty Cage - 4:26 (Music: Cornell )
  2. Outshined - 5:11 (Cornell)
  3. Slaves & Bulldozers - 6:56 (Cornell, Shepherd)
  4. Jesus Christ Pose - 5:51 (Cameron, Cornell, Shepherd, Thayil)
  5. Face Pollution - 2:24 (Shepherd)
  6. Somewhere - 4:21 (Shepherd, Text: Shepherd)
  7. Searching with My Good Eye Closed - 6:31 (Cornell)
  8. Room a Thousand Years Wide - 4:06 (Cameron, Text: Thayil)
  9. Mind Riot - 4:49 (Cornell)
  10. Drawing Flies - 2:25 (Cameron)
  11. Holy Water - 5:07 (Cornell)
  12. New Damage - 5:40 (Thayil, Cameron)

All text is by Chris Cornell, unless otherwise noted.

On June 23, 1992, for the Lollapalooza tour, a limited edition of the album was released with a second CD or EP , Satanoscillatemymetallicsonatas ( SOMMS for short). The name is a palindrome . It contained three cover pieces, including Black Sabbath's Into the Void . At the 1993 Grammy Awards, "Into the Void (Sealth)" was nominated for "Best Metal Performance".

Web links


  1. a b c d Uwe Deese: Bad fingers stew away the lard , in: Rock Hard, No. 55, November 1991, p. 38.
  2. a b c Rock Hard (Ed.): Best of Rock and Metal , Heel-Verlag, Königswinter 2007, ISBN 3-89880-517-4
  3. ^ Josef Woodard: Soundgarden's Kim Thayil & Chris Cornell , in: Musician, March 1992.
  4. a b Band biography Soundgarden by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  5. 150 Albums for Eternity , in: Visions, No. 151, p. 72
  6. Holger Stratmann: Badmotorfinger review . In: Rock Hard . 1991, accessed September 11, 2016 .
  7. Badmotorfinger review by Steve Huey
  9. Charts UK Charts US