Spoonman (4:06)

Cover of Superunknown

From Superunknown and 32 other releases

“Spoonman” is a song by the American alternative rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, “Spoonman” was released on February 15, 1994 as the first single from the band’s fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). “Spoonman” is often credited as one of the songs that launched Soundgarden’s career into the mainstream. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. A remixed version of the song by Steve Fisk appears on the “Black Hole Sun” and “My Wave” singles. The song was included on Soundgarden’s 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides.

“Spoonman” was originally written for the soundtrack to the 1992 film, Singles. At this time, Soundgarden, along with fellow grunge band Pearl Jam, was working on the soundtrack for the film. Pearl Jam 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, Washington, 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.

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I feel the rhythm with your hands
Steal the rhythm while you can, Spoonman
Speak the rhythm on your own
Speak the rhythm all alone, Spoonman

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