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“Spoonman”
“Spoonman” cover
Single by Soundgarden
from the album Superunknown
B-side "Fresh Tendrils" / "Cold Bitch" / "Exit Stonehenge"
Released February 15, 1994
Format CD single, Cassette, Vinyl
Recorded July 1993 – September 1993 at Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Washington
Genre Grunge
Length 4:06
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chris Cornell
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Soundgarden
Soundgarden singles chronology
"Rusty Cage"
(1992)
"Spoonman"
(1994)
"The Day I Tried to Live"
(1994)
Superunknown track listing
"Black Hole Sun"
(Track 7)
"Spoonman"
(Track 8)
"Limo Wreck"
(Track 9)
A-Sides track listing
"Rusty Cage"
(Track 8)
"Spoonman"
(Track 9)
"The Day I Tried to Live"
(Track 10)

"Spoonman" is a song by Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. It appears on their 1994 album Superunknown and was released as the album's first single in February the same year. It would later appear on their greatest hits album A-Sides. "Spoonman" is often credited as one of the songs that launched Soundgarden's career into the mainstream. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Artis the Spoonman is an American street performer from Seattle, Washington, born in Kodiak, Alaska, on 3 October 1948 who plays music with a set of spoons. ... Spoonman is a promo only 1-sided single by Underworld, originally released in 1993 in the UK. // Track listing 12: JBO (UK) [white label promo] Spoonman – 7:41 Notes Unverified Promo only single. ... Image File history File links Spoonman. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... 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Seattle redirects here. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Grunge redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... 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. ... Michael Beinhorn is an American musician and record producer. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by lead singer and drummer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by lead singer and drummer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. ... Rusty Cage was the first song from Soundgardens 1991 album, Badmotorfinger. Other songs on the album include Holy Water, Jesus Christ Pose, and Outshined. Categories: Stub | Soundgarden songs ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Superunknown is the fourth album by the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. ... Black Hole Sun is a song by 1990s grunge band Soundgarden. ... A-Sides is a best-of album by Soundgarden with songs spanning their 10 year career. ... Rusty Cage was the first song from Soundgardens 1991 album, Badmotorfinger. Other songs on the album include Holy Water, Jesus Christ Pose, and Outshined. Categories: Stub | Soundgarden songs ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Grunge redirects here. ... Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by lead singer and drummer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. ... Superunknown is the fourth album by the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. ... A-Sides is a best-of album by Soundgarden with songs spanning their 10 year career. ... It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. ...


It was originally written for the soundtrack to the film Singles in 1992. At this time, Soundgarden, along with fellow grunge band Pearl Jam, was working on the soundtrack for the film. Pearl Jam's bassist, Jeff Ament, had been put in charge of creating the name for a fictional band that would appear in the film. Before finally choosing Citizen Dick for its name, Ament had compiled a list of potential names which included the name "Spoonman". The name was inspired by Artis the Spoonman, a street performer from Santa Cruz, California and later Seattle, who plays music with a set of spoons. Soundgarden vocalist and songwriter Chris Cornell eventually used the names on the list to create songs for the film. "Spoonman" was among these, and an acoustic version was created from it. This early version of the song can be heard in the background during a scene of the film. Singles (1992) is a film written and directed by Cameron Crowe. ... Grunge redirects here. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Jeff Ament (born March 10, 1963 in Big Sandy, Montana), is an American Rock bassist and one of the founding members of Pearl Jam. ... Artis the Spoonman is an American street performer from Seattle, Washington, born in Kodiak, Alaska, on 3 October 1948 who plays music with a set of spoons. ... For other uses, see Santa Cruz. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Seattle redirects here. ... Spoons can be played as a makeshift percussion instrument, or more specifically, an idiophone related to the castanets. ... 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). ...


Rather than just leave the song on the film's soundtrack, Soundgarden began working on an electric version of "Spoonman". The song's inspiration, Artis the Spoonman, played a prominent role in the song itself. The final version of the song featured Artis the Spoonman playing his spoons as part of the song's instrumental. While most rock music is composed in 4/4 (common time) or 3/4 time, "Spoonman" is fairly unique in that it is a mix of 4/4 and 7/4 time. Two other notable compositions that employ 7/4 - 4/4 mix are Pink Floyd's "Money" and the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love". Pink Floyd are an English rock band that initially earned recognition for their psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music. ... Alternate cover Cover of the singles 2003 re-issue (which coincided with the release of the albums 30th anniversary SACD re-issue) The Dark Side of the Moon Tracks Speak to Me (1:08) Breathe (2:48) On the Run (3:31) Time / Breathe (Reprise) (7:04) The... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the Beatles song. ...


The band would play it while on their 1993 tour with Neil Young. With hype building around their upcoming album Superunknown, Soundgarden released the single a month before the album's release. Shortly after this, the song became widely popular, reaching high positions on rock charts. It would later win the 1995 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. This article is about the musician. ... The Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance has been awarded since 1990. ...


"Spoonman" appears in the video game ATV Offroad Fury for PlayStation 2. ATV Offroad Fury is a hit PlayStation 2/PlayStation Portable Racing game, released in February 2001. ... PS2 redirects here. ...

Contents

Music video

The music video for the song also featured Artis prominently, making him the focus of the video instead of the band. The video was directed by Jeffrey Plansker. A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ...


Formats and track listing

European CD and 12"

  1. "Spoonman" (Chris Cornell) – 4:06
  2. "Fresh Tendrils" (Matt Cameron, Cornell) – 4:16
  3. "Cold Bitch" (Cornell)
  4. "Exit Stonehenge"

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). ... Matt Cameron (born Matthew D. Cameron, November 28, 1962, in San Diego, California) is an American musician renowned for being the drummer, back-up vocalist and occasional songwriter in the grunge rock bands Soundgarden (1986-1997) and Pearl Jam (1998-present). ...

UK Cassette and Picture 7"

  1. "Spoonman" (Cornell) – 4:06
  2. "Fresh Tendrils" (Cameron, Cornell) – 4:16

US Promo CD

  1. "Spoonman" (edit) (Cornell)
  2. "Spoonman" (Cornell) – 4:06

German CD

  1. "Spoonman" (edit) (Cornell)
  2. "Cold Bitch" (Cornell)
  3. "Exit Stonehenge"

UK 12" DJ Promo

  1. "Spoonman" (Cornell) – 4:06

Canadian and Australian CD

  1. "Spoonman" (Cornell) – 4:06
  2. "Cold Bitch" (Cornell)

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1994 US Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
US Modern Rock Tracks 9
UK Singles Chart 20
Australian Singles Chart 23
Irish Singles Chart 23

The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... Hot Modern Rock Tracks is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... The Irish Singles Chart is the Irish music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by the Irish Recorded Music Association and compiled on behalf of the IRMA by Chart-Track. ...

External links

  • All Music Guide review of "Spoonman"
Soundgarden was an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by lead singer and drummer Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. ... 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). ... 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. ... Matt Cameron (born Matthew D. Cameron, November 28, 1962, in San Diego, California) is an American musician renowned for being the drummer, back-up vocalist and occasional songwriter in the grunge rock bands Soundgarden (1986-1997) and Pearl Jam (1998-present). ... Ben Shepherd (born Hunter Benedict Shepherd) (September 20, 1968) is an American musician renowned for playing bass in the band Soundgarden from 1990 until the bands 1997 break-up. ... Scott Sundquist was the original drummer for Soundgarden. ... 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 ... Jason Everman (b. ... Ultramega OK, released in 1988,(see 1988 in music) was the debut album by Soundgarden. ... Louder Than Love is the second album by the band Soundgarden. ... Badmotorfinger is the third album by the band Soundgarden. ... Superunknown is the fourth album by the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. ... Down on the Upside is the final studio album by Soundgarden, released on May 21, 1996. ... Screaming Life is the debut EP by the grunge band Soundgarden, released in October 1987 on Sub Pop. ... Fopp is an EP, released by the band Soundgarden in 1988. ... Loudest Love is a 1990 EP by Soundgarden. ... Badmotorfinger is the third album by the band Soundgarden. ... Songs from the Superunknown is an EP album by the grunge band Soundgarden. ... Screaming Life/Fopp is a compilation of the first two Soundgarden EPs: Screaming Life (1987) and Fopp (1988). ... A-Sides is a best-of album by Soundgarden with songs spanning their 10 year career. ... Louder than Live is a video compilation of the concert Live at the Whiskey by Soundgarden and was released in 1990 by A&M Records. ... Hunted Down was the first song on Soundgardens first EP, Screaming Life. ... Loud Love was the quasi-title track from the album, Louder Than Love. ... Hands All Over was the third song on Soundgarden third album, Louder Than Love. ... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | Soundgarden singles | Soundgarden songs | 1990 singles ... Jesus Christ Pose is a song by Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Rusty Cage was the first song from Soundgardens 1991 album, Badmotorfinger. Other songs on the album include Holy Water, Jesus Christ Pose, and Outshined. Categories: Stub | Soundgarden songs ... The introduction of this article does not provide enough context for readers unfamiliar with the subject. ... Black Hole Sun is a song by 1990s grunge band Soundgarden. ... Superunknown track listing My Wave is the second track on the Seattle grunge band Soundgardens 1994 album Superunknown and a single released in Australia. ... A-Sides track listing Fell on Black Days is a song by Seattle band Soundgarden. ... Pretty Noose is a song by the Seattle band Soundgarden. ... Burden in My Hand, a Chris Cornell composition, was the A side of a CD single released by Soundgarden in 1996. ... Soundgarden released Blow Up the Outside World as a single in the fall of 1996, the third single from Down on the Upside (after Burden in My Hand). ... Ty Cobb, the fifth track on Soundgardens final album, Down on the Upside, was written by Chris Cornell, lyrics, and Ben Shepherd, music. ... Bleed Together is the last single realeased by Soundgarden and was touted as the single from Soundgardens post-breakup A-Sides and was often said to be the only unreleased song to appear on the greatest hits album. ... Discography of the famous grunge band Soundgarden. ... Grunge redirects here. ... Skin Yard was a grunge band from Seattle, Washington, who were active from 1985 to 1992. ... Temple of the Dog is the only album from the grunge supergroup of the same name. ... This article is about the rock group. ... Alice Mudgarden was the band given jacket credit for the song Right Turn on the 1992 Alice in Chains EP Sap. ... Singles (1992) is a film written and directed by Cameron Crowe. ... Hater was an American rock band from the 1990s, a side project mostly under the direction of Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd. ... Wellwater Conspiracy is a music band featuring Matt Cameron, Ben Shepherd, and John McBain. ... For the bands self-titled album, see Audioslave (album). ...

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Written by Chris Cornell, "Spoonman" has moved from being towards the end of Soundgarden's live shows to being the opener.
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Spoonman: I was born in Kodiak, Alaska and I was raised in Seattle.
Spoonman: Artis was given to me by my stepfather, he legally adopted me. The Spoonman is a title that's given to me by you all.
Spoonman: I was very chickenshit as far as the boys were concerned.
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