Kim Thayil wasn’t sure how to feel about Soundgarden being nominated for the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame class.

He touches on processing his feelings about the honor in a new interview with Guitar World. The Seattle band’s nomination this year is their second. They were previously nominated in 2020.

Thayil begins, “When I first heard about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I thought, How do you quantify that? But then I started hearing from friends who either were inducted or attended events, and they said, ‘Man, this is fun because of the enthusiasm the fans have for seeing a band they love and believe in having their achievements and merits recognized.'”

He continues, “If you’re a fan, it’s a validation of your choices and your appraisals in your musical tastes. So that changed my understanding of it, and made me realize it’s important.”

Thayil added, “And now that Chris [Cornell] is gone, it’s even more important. It’s for Chris’s memory and the band’s legacy. And for our fans – for the love and commitment they’ve shown us for all these decades.”

As of publishing, Soundgarden currently sits in fourth place in the Rock Hall Fan Vote. The “Fans’ Ballot” will comprise the top five artists from the fan vote and will be counted among the other ballots filled out by various artists, historians, and music industry professionals.

The Fan Vote at runs through April 28. Fans are allowed to vote once per day during the Fan Vote period. Visitors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland will also have the opportunity to vote in person.


27 Albums that Turn 35 in 2023

A number of albums that turn 35 in 2023 are among some of the biggest albums released in the ’80s, let alone 1988.

In 1988, Metallica, Bon Jovi and U2 continued to show their dominance with the release of major albums. The world was also introduced to Jane’s Addiction and Soundgarden via their debut albums. A number of other major artists released albums including R.E.M., AC/DC, Poison, Van Halen and more.

Here are 27 albums that turn 35 in 2023. Enjoy!

  • Soundgarden - ‘Ultramega OK’

    Released on October 31, 1988.

  • Megadeth - ‘So Far, So Good…So What!’

    Released on January 19, 1988.

  • Jane’s Addiction - ‘Nothing’s Shocking’

    Released on August 23, 1988.

  • Keith Richards - ‘Talk Is Cheap

    Released on October 3, 1988.

  • Metallica - ‘...And Justice for All’

    Released on September 7, 1988.

  • U2 - ‘Rattle and Hum’

    Released on October 10, 1988.

  • Living Colour - ‘Vivid’

    Released on May 3, 1988.

  • R.E.M. - ‘Green’

    Released on November 7, 1988.

  • Iron Maiden - ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’

    Released on April 11, 1988.

  • Sonic Youth - ‘Daydream Nation’

    Released on October 18, 1988.

  • Travelling Wilburys - ‘Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1’

    Released on October 25, 1988.

  • Slayer - ‘South of Heaven’

    Released on July 5, 1988.

  • Robert Plant - ‘Now and Zen’

    Released on February 29, 1988.

  • AC/DC - ‘Blow Up Your Video’

    Released on January 18, 1988.

  • Van Halen - ‘OU812’

    Released on May 20, 1988.

  • Poison - ‘Open Up and Say…Ahh!’

    Released on May 3, 1988.

  • Guns N’ Roses - ‘GN’R Lies’

    Released on November 29, 1988.

  • David Lee Roth - ‘Skyscraper’

    Released on January 26, 1988.

  • Lita Ford - ‘Lita’

    Released on February 2, 1988.

  • Cheap Trick - ‘Lap of Luxury’

    Released on April 12, 1988.

  • Erasure - ‘The Innocents’

    Released on April 10, 1988.

  • Judas Priest - ‘Ram It Down’

    Released on May 13, 1988.

  • Cinderella - ‘Long Cold Winter’

    Released on July 5, 1988.

  • Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - ‘Up Your Alley’

    Released on May 23, 1988.

  • Patti Smith - ‘Dream of Life’

    Released in June 1988.

  • Bon Jovi - ‘New Jersey’

    Released on September 19, 1988.

  • The Bangles - ‘Everything’

    Released on October 18, 1988.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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