11 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon its 1987 appearance, Screaming Life, Soundgarden's first EP, made it apparent that the alternative scene—which had started with punk and new wave and from there rallied against arena rock and classic rock—had come full circle and was now the breeding ground for a band openly influenced by Led Zeppelin. Chris Cornell’s shirtless postures and vocal wails were closer to Robert Plant than to Joe Strummer or Henry Rollins, and the waves of guitar driving “Hunted Down,” “Entering," and “Nothing to Say” were jammed with riffs from ‘70s hard rock bands. 1988’s Fopp cleaved closer toward the grunge that their label Sub Pop was becoming known for, with covers of Green River’s “Swallow My Pride” and The Ohio Players’ “Fopp” and the rough ’n’ randy “Kingdom of Come.” “Sub Pop Rock City” appeared on Sub Pop 200 but never quite became the anthem it sounds like.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Upon its 1987 appearance, Screaming Life, Soundgarden's first EP, made it apparent that the alternative scene—which had started with punk and new wave and from there rallied against arena rock and classic rock—had come full circle and was now the breeding ground for a band openly influenced by Led Zeppelin. Chris Cornell’s shirtless postures and vocal wails were closer to Robert Plant than to Joe Strummer or Henry Rollins, and the waves of guitar driving “Hunted Down,” “Entering," and “Nothing to Say” were jammed with riffs from ‘70s hard rock bands. 1988’s Fopp cleaved closer toward the grunge that their label Sub Pop was becoming known for, with covers of Green River’s “Swallow My Pride” and The Ohio Players’ “Fopp” and the rough ’n’ randy “Kingdom of Come.” “Sub Pop Rock City” appeared on Sub Pop 200 but never quite became the anthem it sounds like.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Miracle rose Williams ,

Soundgarden debut EPs a MUST HAVE!

Screaming Life (‘87) is ridiculous and I can’t believe Soundgarden were already this good on their 1st release ever! Fopp (1988) is the follow up and not quite as good as Screaming Life. key tracks- Hunted Down,Entering, Nothing to Say and basically every track

GigaSean- iTunes ,

Sub Pop Rock City...

My CD was stolen out of my car while at a party near the Los Angeles Coastline, but glad I finally just punched the CD title in my phone and bought it again. Credited as the first Grunge album, as I recall. Sub Pop Rock City is a great track, and thanks for remastering.

Mongo 2 ,

One of the Best

This is one of the best. Check out Entering and Hunted Down!

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