Chris Cornell Passes Away

– by Tim Jousma

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden, tragically committed suicide after playing a show in Detroit, Michigan at the Fox Theater according to The Independent. As a member of Soundgarden, he helped usher along an era of music that helped rid the music world of some of the pretensions and phoniness the music industry and built at that particular time. With his work in Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, and Audioslave, his legacy in the music industry will never be forgotten.

One aspect of his career that doesn't get much publicity is his work in film. With music in such films as Singles, Wayne's World, and Benny and June, his music helped fill the soundtrack of the movies of the 90's. One song he did, You Know My Name, helped usher in the modern era of James Bond as the lead in for Casino Royale

The song itself is an underrated Bond movie classic theme. While there are better Bond movie songs, like Goldfinger and the theme to The Spy Who Loves Me, Nobody Does It Better, You Know My Name helped set the tone for the Daniel Craig era of Bond movies while maintaining the Bond music legacy you come to expect. The Maurice Binder inspired sequence harkened back to a previous era while also feeling quite modern.

When an artist passes away prematurely, as a fan you feel sadness and a sense of loss that's tough to understand. While we'll never know what helped trigger this tragedy, as fans of his music, we have a plethora of music to sit back and enjoy. The best way to honor the passing of a legend is, in this case, turning on their music and taking the time to enjoy everything good in your life.

So what do you think? Did you enjoy You Know My Name from Casino Royale? What is your favorite Chris Cornell song? Sound off in the comments section below.

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SOURCE: The Independent

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