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Encyclopedia > Pretty Noose
"Pretty Noose"
"Pretty Noose" cover
Single by Soundgarden
from the album 'Down on the Upside'
Released March 1996
Format CD
Vinyl record (12")
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Grunge
Length 4:11
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chris Cornell
Producer(s) Soundgarden
Peak chart positions
  • #4 US Mainstream Rock Charts
  • #2 US Modern Rock Charts
Soundgarden singles chronology
"The Day I Tried to Live"
1994
"Pretty Noose"
1996
"Burden in My Hand"
1996

Pretty Noose is a song by the Seattle band Soundgarden. It appears as the opening track on their 1996 album Down on the Upside. It was released as a single in March 1996 and reached number 4 in the US Rock charts. Pretty Noose was nominated a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1997. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. ... Down on the Upside is the final studio album by Soundgarden, released on May 21, 1996. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music or simply alternative; known primarily in the UK as indie) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... 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. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A&M Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Universal Music Group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... 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). ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Burden in My Hand, a Chris Cornell composition, was the A side of a CD single released by Soundgarden in 1996. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984. ... Down on the Upside is the final studio album by Soundgarden, released on May 21, 1996. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance has been awarded since 1990. ...


A music video was made for the song, directed by Frank Kozik. However, MTV refused to air the full video, as it ends with an apparent murder. An alternate version was released, which simply features the band performing the song live. MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ...


According to frontman Chris Cornell, "Pretty Noose" is about "an attractively packaged bad idea."


Track Listing

US PROMO CD

 1. Pretty Noose 

EUROPEAN CD #1 AND 7"

 1. Pretty Noose 2. Jerry Garcia's Finger 

EUROPEAN CD #2

 1. Pretty Noose 2. Applebite 3. An Unkind 4. Interview with Eleven's Alain and Natasha 

UK CLUB PROMO CD

 1. Pretty Noose 

The Club Promo is a limited edition of 300 (making it the rarest of any Soundgarden release), and comes packaged in a clear, soft plastic sleeve sealed with a large red sticker that doubles as the "liner notes."


Chart positions

Year Single Chart Position
1996 Pretty Noose Modern Rock Tracks (US) No. 2
1996 Pretty Noose Mainstream Rock Tracks (US) No. 4
1996 Pretty Noose Official UK Singles Chart No. 14
1996 Pretty Noose Official Canadian Singles Chart No. 36

 
 

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