Chris Cornell released his third solo album “Scream” produced by rap super-producer Timbaland on March 10, 2009.
The album was met with mostly negative reviews due to it’s significant change from Cornell’s previous solo albums as well as a huge departure form his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. There was so much backlash that even Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails felt the need to express how “uncomfortable” the album made him feel the day after the album was released.
via @trent_reznor twitter: March 11, 2009 8:16pm
Chris Cornell responded to Reznor’s Tweet two days later with a bible-themed retort.
via @chriscornell twitter: March 13, 2009 11:27am
At the time I thought the “Scream” album was whatever but now listening to it and watching the music video for “Part of Me”, it does make me feel “uncomfortable” just as Reznor described.
On April 1, 2009, Reznor even played a Cornell themed April Fools Day prank by claiming on his website that he is releasing a Nine Inch Nails album called “Strobe Light” produced by Timbaland.
The fake album and track listing are amazing. These are the track listing highlights “Everybody’s Doing It” (featuring Chris Martin, Jay-Z and Bono), “Pussygrinder” (featuring Sheryl Crow), “Even Closer” (featuring Justin Timberlake & Maynard James Keenan) & “Laid, Paid & Played” (featuring Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas and Al Jourgensen)
The prank is still on the NIN.com website. Click the photo below to sign up!!!
The guys eventually kissed and made up and Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails went on tour together in 2014.
Reznor later explained the reasoning behind his angst towards Cornell in many different interviews. He said:
“We had a chip on our shoulder about Soundgarden because their record [Superunknown] came out the same day Downward Spiral came out, and they beat us to No. 1 on Billboard. That became a kind of professional showdown. And we did show them.”
“I really have no personal issue with Chris at all. The thing I said on Twitter… it goes deeper than what have may appeared on the surface. We were on [Interscope]. And I have had Jimmy Iovine, the president of that label, come up to me on every record from With Teeth onwards saying I should do some sort of urban thing — it was Timbaland for a while, then it was Pharrell for a while — because ‘that’s how you sell records.’ The idea seemed so preposterous and insulting.”
“I’m not talking about ‘let’s go make a record with Dr. Dre,’ because that would be kind of cool. What he’s talking about is making your record sound like what’s on the radio, whether it’s appropriate or not. And that’s what Chris did. I think that when somebody who is respected like he is goes that route, it sends the message that it’s OK to give up any kind of core values you had to be the fashion of the moment. I don’t think that’s OK. I think it’s harmful. If I have one major fight in the world of the music business, it’s trying to keep art first and commerce second.”