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Kim Thayil

Thayil (left) with Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks, 2007
Born September 4, 1960 (1960-09-04) (age 46)
Seattle, Washington, USA
Genre(s) Grunge
Rock
Affiliation(s) Soundgarden
No WTO Combo
Probot
Label(s) A&M Records
SST Records
Sub Pop
Years active 1984 - present

Kim Thayil (born September 4, 1960 in Seattle, Washington) is best known as the guitarist for Seattle-based grunge band Soundgarden, which he founded with Chris Cornell and Hiro Yamamoto in 1984. He was named 100th best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 422 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1106 × 1571 pixel, file size: 404 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Warnick, 2007 Kim Warnick was the bass player and co-founder of the Seattle band The Fastbacks between 1980 and 1998 and Visqueen from 2001 until her retirement from performing in 2004. ... Clockwise from top left: Kurt Bloch, Lulu Gargiulo, band, Kim Warnick The Fastbacks were a pioneering Seattle band. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Soundgarden was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. ... The No WTO Combo was a short-lived punk rock band started by Jello Biafra, formerly of the Dead Kennedys. ... Probot (portmanteau: probe + robot) is a musical project masterminded by Dave Grohl. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... SST Records is a Lawndale, California based independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by Black Flag founder/guitarist Greg Ginn. ... Sub Pop is a record label in Seattle, Washington that achieved fame in the 1990s for first signing Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney and many other bands from the local Seattle music scene. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... “Seattle” redirects here. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. ... Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle on July 20, 1964) is an American musician best known as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the rock bands Soundgarden (1984-1997) and Audioslave (2001-2007). ... Hiro Yamamoto (born July 24, 2007 [1]) hiro yamamoto aoki is the best math teacher in the world and we learn alot famous words: ahhhhhhhh thank you, sit downnnnnnnn, stand up nooowwww! and gerry sit down , do some work! ty from blue ***** oil ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the music magazine. ...

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Life

Born in Seattle in 1960, he grew up in the Chicago suburb of Park Forest. Thayil's parents are from the south Indian state of Kerala. Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... Park Forest is a village located in Cook County and Will County, Illinois. ... , Kerala ( ; Malayalam: കേരളം; ) is a state on the Malabar Coast of southwestern India. ...


He met Hiro Yamamoto at Rich East High School in Park Forest. After graduation, they moved to Washington, where Thayil studied philosophy at the University of Washington. They joined forces with Cornell, a roommate, to start Soundgarden in 1984. Soundgarden became the first of Seattle's grunge bands to sign with a major label (A&M Records) and went on to release three platinum albums and win two Grammys. They disbanded in April 1997. Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... General Name, Symbol, Number platinum, Pt, 78 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 6, d Appearance grayish white Standard atomic weight 195. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music...


Since then, Thayil has played guitar for Pigeonhed, with the Presidents of the United States of America, played on Dave Grohl's metal side-project Probot, and No WTO Combo with Jello Biafra and Krist Novoselic, and has also worked on other projects. Recently Kim contributed guitar to the track "Blood Swamp" from the 2006 SunnO)))/Boris album Altar. Pigeonhed was a Seattle, Washington-area band that combined elements of funk, soul, trip hop, and lo-fi. ... The Presidents of the United States of America are a Seattle grunge pop band best known for their quirky, often nonsensical songs that defied the typical sound of most bands from the Pacific Northwest at the time. ... David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969, in Warren, Ohio) is an American rock musician and songwriter. ... Probot (portmanteau: probe + robot) is a musical project masterminded by Dave Grohl. ... The No WTO Combo was a short-lived punk rock band started by Jello Biafra, formerly of the Dead Kennedys. ... Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958) is more widely known by the stage name Jello Biafra. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Sunn O))) (pronounced simply sun) is an American drone metal band, in its broadest sense; however, it incorporates elements of the dark ambient and drone doom genres as well. ... Boris is a Japanese power trio, respected amongst musicians, fans, and critics alike for their ability to regularly switch between musical genres from recording to recording without ever losing touch with their sound. ... Altar is a forthcoming collaboration album between Japanese sludge/doom band Boris and American drone doom duo Sunn O))), due to be released on October 31, 2006 through Southern Lord Records. ...


In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named Thayil #100 on the list of the "100 greatest guitarists of all time".[1] Yet he's much underrated having contributed to Soundgarden's pioneering of rock, introduction of odd time signatures, and the emphasizing of alternate tunings of rock. This article is about the music magazine. ...


Thayil, having won two Grammys while in Soundgarden, is one of three Indian-Americans in the Grammy-considered rock music industry (the other two being Anand Bhatt and Tony Kanal) and one of five major diasporic Indians in rock music (the other four being Bhatt, Kanal, Ian D'Sa and Dave Baksh). [ Freddie Mercury of the band Queen is of East Indian Origin too, perhaps the greatest of contributions to Rock music from the Indian diaspora and arguably among the greatest singers of all times.]. An Indian American (also called Asian Indian by the U.S. Census Bureau to avoid confusion with the American Indians so named by historical accident) is an American of Asian Indian descent. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Tony Ashwin Kanal (born August 27, 1970 in Kingsbury, London, England) is the bassist for the US band No Doubt. ... Ian DSa, born October 30, 1975 in the United Kingdom, is the guitarist for the Canadian modern rock band Billy Talent. ... David Nizaam Baksh (born 26 July 1980 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is the lead guitarist and vocalist of heavy metal/reggae band Brown Brigade, but most notably, he is the ex-lead guitarist of Canadian pop punk band Sum 41. ...


Thayil was a recurring participant on the Almost Live! sketch comedy show, calling things "lame" during "The Lame List" segments. Almost Live! was a local sketch comedy television show in Seattle, Washington, USA, produced and broadcast by NBC affiliate KING-TV from 1984 to 1999. ...


Gear

Early years

Guitars: Guild S-100
Amplifier: Bass Ampeg mesa boogie w/15" speaker
Effects: Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah, MXR chorus


Badmotorfinger

Guitars: Guild S-100, Gibson Les Paul Custom Lite, Gibson Firebird
Amplifiers: Peavey VTM-120, Music Man HD130, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
Effects: To get the heavy sound in studio, many guitar tracks were layered and panned to add the body that was lacking from previous albums.


Superunknown

Guitars: Guild S-100, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster
Amplifiers: Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers, Mesa Boogie 50-watt Mavericks, an old Fender Super, a Fender Princeton, Fender Twin Reverbs and Vibro-Kings, and an old Orange head.
Effects: Intellitronics LA-2 and Summit DIs. (To get him to play most comfortably, Thayil's living room couch was brought into the studio.)


Down on the Upside

Guitars: Guild S-100, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazzmaster
Amplifiers: Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers
Effects: Jim Dunlop Crybaby wah, Colorsound wah, Jim Dunlop Rotovibe, Mu-Tron


Footnotes

  1. ^ Fricke, David; Edmonds, Ben; Eliscu, Jenny; Kemp, Rob; Kot, Greg; Levy, Joe; Moon, Tom; Puterbaugh, Parke; Randall, Mac; Sheffield, Rob (18 September 2003) "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" Rolling Stone Issue 931, pp. 46-61. The list was posted to the Internet on 27 August 2003 "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"

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Kim Thayil - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (281 words)
Kim Thayil (born September 4, 1960 in Seattle, Washington) is best known as the guitarist for Seattle, USA grunge band Soundgarden, which he founded with Chris Cornell and Hiro Yamamoto in 1984.
Thayil's parents are from the south Indian state of Kerala.
Thayil is one of three Indian-Americans in the major rock, Grammy considered, music industry (the other two being Anand Bhatt and Tony Kanal) and one of the four major diasporic Indians in rock music (the other three being Tony Kanal, Anand Bhatt, and Dave Baksh).
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