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ReleasedSeptember 24, 1991[1]
RecordedSpring 1991
Soundgarden chronology
Louder Than Love
Singles from Badmotorfinger
  1. "Jesus Christ Pose"
    Released: 1991
  2. "Outshined"
    Released: December 1991
  3. "Rusty Cage"
    Released: April 1992

Badmotorfinger is the third studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on September 24, 1991, through A&M Records. Soundgarden began the recording sessions for the album with new bassist Ben Shepherd in the spring of 1991. The album maintained the band's heavy metal sound while featuring an increased focus on songwriting as compared with the band's previous releases. AllMusic considered the album's music to be "surprisingly cerebral and arty"; alternative tunings and abnormal time signatures were present on several of the album's songs, and lyrics were intended to be ambiguous and create imagery.

The focus on the Seattle grunge scene helped bring attention to Badmotorfinger. The singles "Outshined" and "Rusty Cage" were able to find an audience in rock radio and MTV. Badmotorfinger became the band's highest charting album at the time on the Billboard 200. The band supported the album with tours of North America and Europe, including opening for Guns N' Roses on that band's Use Your Illusion Tour. In 1992, Badmotorfinger was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1996.

Recording and production

Badmotorfinger was Soundgarden's first album with bassist Ben Shepherd, who joined the group in April 1990. Shepherd replaced previous bassist Jason Everman.[2] The album was recorded in the spring of 1991 at Studio D in Sausalito, California, Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington, and A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California.[3] Soundgarden chose to work with producer Terry Date again as it had on its previous release Louder Than Love (1989). Frontman Chris Cornell said the band decided to work with Date again seeing as the band had a good relationship with him and did not want to go through the pressure of trying to find a new producer.[4]

Cornell said that Shepherd brought a "fresh and creative" approach to the recording sessions,[5] and the band as a whole said that his knowledge of music and writing skills redefined the band.[6] Before joining, Soundgarden had been Shepherd's favorite band.[7] Compared with Louder Than Love, the band took a more collaborative approach to the writing process.[8]

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