Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil dissect Soundgarden's masterpiece, Superunknown

Singer/guitarist Chris Cornell (right) and guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden pose for a portrait on December 1, 1993 in New York City, New York.
(Image credit: Karjean Levine/Getty Images)

This feature first appeared in the August 2014 issue of Guitar World.

During the summer of 1993, Soundgarden were holed up at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington, working on the follow-up to their semi-successful third album, 1991’s Badmotorfinger.

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Jeff Kitts

As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.