Louder Than Live

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Louder Than Live
Video by
ReleasedMay 22, 1990
RecordedDecember 7–10, 1989, Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, California
GenreGrunge, heavy metal, alternative metal
Length50 minutes (VHS) 37:47 (Promo CD)
DirectorKevin Kerslake
Soundgarden chronology
Louder Than Live

Louder Than Live is a home video released by the Seattle grunge band Soundgarden. It has songs performed live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1989 and December 10, 1989. It was released on May 22, 1990.

Overview[change | change source]

It features five live tracks filmed during the Louder Than Love tour. The live tracks are "Get on the Snake", "Gun", "I Awake", "Big Dumb Sex", and a medley of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom" and Cheech & Chong's "Earache My Eye", with footage from both concerts mixed together. It also features footage of the band performing two songs in the studio. The studio clips are "Loud Love" and "Hands All Over". It is on this video that frontman Chris Cornell is seen wearing his infamous silver duct-tape shorts. The bassist for these performances was Jason Everman. Louder Than Live was released on VHS only, with no official DVD version available.

In addition to the home video, A&M released a promo 12" (on blue vinyl, July 1990) and CD (May 1990) with the same title, Louder Than Live. The vinyl includes the 5 live tracks from the video in addition to "Beyond the Wheel". The center label features a close-up picture of guitarist Kim Thayil's face. The CD came wrapped in brown paper, duct-taped closed with a yellow and black sticker that reads "Soundgarden: Louder Than Live". In addition to the 6 other live tracks, it includes "Hunted Down". This album has been bootlegged on black vinyl; genuine copies can be distinguished by the A&M logo.

Track listing[change | change source]

Concert footage:

  1. "Get on the Snake"
  2. "Gun"
  3. "I Awake"
  4. "Big Dumb Sex"
  5. Medley: "Big Bottom"/"Earache My Eye"

Studio clips:

  1. "Loud Love"
  2. "Hands All Over"

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