Down on the Upside

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Release date
20 May 1996
Running length
16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pretty Noose 4:12 193,649
2 Rhinosaur 3:14 89,491
3 Zero Chance 4:18 83,343
4 Dusty 4:34 84,055
5 Ty Cobb 3:05 99,729
6 Blow Up the Outside World 5:45 152,891
7 Burden in My Hand 4:50 223,151
8 Never Named 2:27 73,036
9 Applebite 5:09 67,107
10 Never the Machine Forever 3:36 67,104
11 Tighter & Tighter 6:06 67,384
12 No Attention 4:26 62,214
13 Switch Opens 3:52 62,423
14 Overfloater 5:08 65,207
15 An Unkind 2:08 60,912
16 Boot Camp 2:59 66,689

About this album

Down on the Upside is the fifth studio album by the American alternative rock band Soundgarden, released on May 21, 1996 through A&M Records. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Superunknown (1994), Soundgarden commenced work on a new album. The music on the album was notably less heavy than the group’s preceding albums and featured the band experimenting with other sounds.

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and spawned the singles “Pretty Noose”, “Burden in My Hand”, “Blow Up the Outside World”, and “Ty Cobb”. The band took a slot on the 1996 Lollapalooza tour and afterward supported the album with a worldwide tour. Down on the Upside would end up becoming Soundgarden’s final studio album as tensions within the band led to its break-up in April 1997. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States.

The album’s recording sessions took place from November 1995 to February 1996 at Studio Litho and Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington. Studio Litho is owned by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard. The band members made the decision to produce the album themselves. On the choice of not working with a producer, frontman Chris Cornell said that “a fifth guy is too many cooks and convolutes everything. It has to go down too many mental roads, which dilutes it.” Adam Kasper, who previously had worked with Soundgarden as an assistant engineer on Superunknown, worked with the band as a production collaborator. The album was mixed by Kasper.

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  • neodude991

    Don't agree with taken off Applebite and No Attention. Great tracks that fit the mood of the album. Never Named I agree should off been left off.

    1 Mar 5:03am Reply
  • nikid27

    Бля ну как же я люблю эту пластинку.Просто какой-то дурман

    23 Feb 11:47am Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    I love this album, but it has the same issue that Superunknown does. It simply has too many songs. They could have cut out Applebite, Never Named, and No Attention. Having 16 songs with several filler really bogs down an otherwise great record.

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Metamorphic_

    One of their best for sure.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • lolcatiero

    I love this album more than i love myself.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • neodude991

    Can't believe I've overlooked this album for so long. Amazing album and up there next to Superunknown and Badmotorfinger.

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • Tymbolic

    A really good record, one that I haven't really appreciated until recently.

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • clintbeed6793

    Really great Soundgarden album. Has a nice mellow sound and fits the evolution of the band well. It honestly has some of their best songs and most unique ones as well. Rhinosaur, Dusty, Blow Up the Outside World, Never the Machine Forever. Then you have the really unique ones like Overfloater, Switch Opens, and Boot Camp.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • elf-culture

    Matt's drumming on this album is A+

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
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  • xelene_x

    What a swan song this was at the time, full of amazing tracks. I couldn't help but smile the first time I heard "Ty Cobb" :D

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Mesouki

    Sometimes it makes me sad that I was 7 years old when this album was released.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • earthcrossing

    This great album always takes me back to high school days ;)

    4 May 2013 Reply
  • BiteItMarie

    First off I'd like to say this is my 2nd favorite Soundgarden release after the Screaming Life (EP), Now to my point: The reason Soundgarden broke up was, although Kim Thayil loved Superunknown, he felt Down on the Upside didn't have enough metal roots to it, although now the album grew on him, back then he despised it. On the contrast Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd all felt it was a great achievement and wanted to make the band's sound EVEN less metal and more alternative rock than Superunknown. This lead to Thayil only contributing to 1 song on the album ("Never the Machine Forever") Eventually Cornell, Cameron, and Shepherd wanted to make their next album even less metal etc. Eventually the band broke up due to Thayil being pissed that Soundgarden was mellowing out therefore refusing to contribute. Luckily when they reformed for King Animal they decided to make the heavy at least as heavy as Down on the Upside, pleasing all 4 members.

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • kollgrim

    Not without a few weaker moments, but just as essential as Badmotorfinger & Superunknown.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Acid_Demon

    overfloater, an unkind, boot camp....make it all alright.

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • BradlEyHUghIESU

    Down on the upside has a cool album cover. I was told to tell this story as well. There was a lady who was tipped 12.53, The on high saw the engaged couple like the King and Queen 1 and 2 weighted chess pieces 5 was the holy person like a bishop and 3 was like the crown prince, the story was sent back through time and a royals mostly prime number marriage was one mill 253 thou, the over 18 lady who received the tip also had a nicely funded wedding. These charitable acts of Queen Noor are in a special book part offworld diplomatic book with quotes from the Holy Qu'ran

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BradlEyHUghIESU

    Down on the Upside charted top ten. The more I listen to the singles the more I like them. I was told to tell this story. There was once a family from the Indian subcontinent and the engaged couple looked at a modest ring. On the day of the wedding the wife received a ten thou ring and asked how we looked at a modest ring? The Husband said Queen Noor helped with oil revenue sharing true story. Cousin Queen Noor charitable acts are well known to friends. Today I was given honest advice that I agree with.

    25 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Kurdt01

    couldn't agree more, best album by far

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • YorkNew

    Yes, this is my favourite SOUNDGARDEN album.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
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