Jesus Christ Pose (5:51)

Cover of Badmotorfinger

From Badmotorfinger and 36 other releases

This is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden, released in 1991 as the first single from the band’s third studio album, Badmotorfinger (1991). The song was included on Soundgarden’s 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides.

Origin and recording:
“Jesus Christ Pose” features lyrics written by frontman Chris Cornell and music co-written by Cornell, drummer Matt Cameron, bassist Ben Shepherd, and guitarist Kim Thayil. Some see the song as defining the “essence” of Soundgarden, as it is credited to all four band members. Drummer Matt Cameron said, “As soon as I played this pattern everyone dove right in, and within an hour we had the guts of the song. The approach we took on this one was pure assault of the senses. Canadians dance to this song.”

Composition:
“Jesus Christ Pose” was performed in drop D tuning and is in 4/4 time. Regarding the song, Thayil said, “The song’s groove reminds me of helicopter blades. I bent the strings at the beginning and end of the song.”

About The Lyrics:
The band explained that the lyrics for “Jesus Christ Pose” concern the exploitation of religion for personal benefit. The song is a criticism of how public figures use religion (particularly the image of Jesus Christ) to portray themselves as being ‘better’ than others, or as ‘martyrs’. Cornell specifically mentioned Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell as an influence on the song, explaining, “It became fashionable to be the sort of persecuted-deity guy.” In an interview, Cornell explained the term “Jesus Christ Pose”:

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  • ColonelSlog

    wow

    24 Nov 4:14am Reply
  • Sixers-kun

    PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAoooooooooooooooooAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    30 Oct 3:10am Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Jesus....What a song!

    28 Sep 9:23pm Reply
  • JackHallton

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

    15 Jun 11:27am Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Killer song. It still blows my mind that this was released as a single.

    14 Jun 8:00am Reply
  • KoromoAmae

    This song is FUCKING INSANE FUCK

    8 May 12:17am Reply
  • YeezusSuburbia

    My favorite Soundgarden song.

    27 Apr 4:53pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Everything about this is great, but I think the drummer wins

    25 Apr 5:53pm Reply
  • donkukis

    MATT FUCKIN CAMERON.

    29 Mar 9:55pm Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Just love bass and guitar on this. [2] This is pure energy and intensity. Chris' vocals are utterly insane on this track.

    8 Mar 1:26am Reply
  • SilverM925

    great song by grunge-rock legends, Soundgarden!

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    One of their best!

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nopuppet

    like I'm driving the nails!!!

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Serggiio

    Just love bass and guitar on this.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • joecubbie

    Soundgarden n AiC were very metal for being "grunge" along with bands like Fudge Tunnel, Tad, and Melvins. "Grunge" in itself is a stupid tag. STP were just hard rock. PJ and Nirvana were their own sound. Bands like Collective Soul, Live and Fuel were dogged by the "post-grunge" tag. Even though the "post-grunge" bands were one hit wonders (with the exception of Bush and Creed), if you actually listen to their whole catalog, it can rival or even best the catalogs of bands like Nirvana and PJ. Local H is the best example of this. Their entire catalog is GOLD and to the general public they are "one hit wonders".

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Duderino_0

    Drums.

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • tad72

    i agree with seannyboy76...Soundgarden definitely have their own sound and they define it in every album.

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • dansaacil

    when pure power becomes music. sooo good

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Footshac

    BEST SONG

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • upallday

    shit never gets old.... only better

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
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