Ultramega OK

Ultramega OK
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 1988
  • Drew Canulette
  • Soundgarden
Soundgarden chronology
Ultramega OK
Louder Than Love
Singles from Ultramega OK
  1. "Flower"
    Released: May 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2][3]
Kerrang!4.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic3.3/5 stars[5]

Ultramega OK is the debut studio album by American rock band Soundgarden, released on October 31, 1988 by SST Records. Following the release of the EPs Screaming Life (1987) and Fopp (1988), both for the Sub Pop record label, Soundgarden signed with SST and went to work on their debut full-length. The resulting album contained elements of heavy metal, psychedelic rock, and hardcore punk. The band supported the album with a tour of the United States, as well as its first overseas tour.

In 1990, the album earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance.


The album was recorded in spring 1988 in Seattle, Washington, and Newberg, Oregon, with producer Drew Canulette. Frontman Chris Cornell said that during the recording sessions the band wasn't on the same page with Canulette. He said, "Material-wise we went through the process that we always do, but the producer wasn't used to the sound we wanted and didn't know what was happening in Seattle."[6]

He later said that "we made a huge mistake with Ultramega OK, because we left our home surroundings and people we'd been involved with and used this producer that really did affect our album in a kind of negative way. The producer was suggested by SST because they could get a good deal. I regret it, because in terms of material, it should have been one of the best records we ever did. It actually slowed down our momentum a little bit because it didn't really sound like us."[7]

Veteran Seattle producer Jack Endino, who also produced Soundgarden's first EP, Screaming Life, was in the process of re-mixing the album, and actually completed a rough mix of "Flower". But, due to the band wanting to move on and the financial costs involved with repressing and redistributing the record, it was put on hold.[8] The project has since been resumed by Jack Endino and Kim Thayil.[9]

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