You know, I never bought in to Soundgarden emotionally. That depressing lyrical side of them always seemed to be, at least partially, a pose. They seemed too glamorous, and lacked the edge, to be really convincingly dark on the level of Alice In Chains or Nirvana. It would be like trying to feel emotionally involved in a Led Zeppelin song or something. Boy, do I feel like an asshole now for assuming Chris Cornell was just a regular chill guy who happened to have the voice of a god in his day.
Nobody ever talks about Temple Of The Dog, right? That was all Cornell's brainchild, through and through. Also came out before Ten, I believe.
One more thing, not to open this whole can of worms up again, but how pissed do you think Axl Rose is now that Cornell's being labeled "The Robert Plant of his generation"?