Soundgarden Announce ‘Screaming Life’ / ‘Fopp’ Reissue
Earlier this summer, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil hinted that he was spending some of the band's downtime focusing on a reissue of the band's two early EPs -- 'Screaming Life' and 'Fopp.' It now appears as though everything is good to go as the two EPs are packaged together for the 'Screaming Life' / 'Fopp' reissue due Nov. 26.
The two releases arrived in 1987 and 1988 respectively, helping to launch the band's career. Sub Pop will be reissuing the disc, and Spin reports that the collection will also include the track 'Sub Pop Rock City' that was included on the 'Sub Pop 200' compilation. The set will be available digitally for the first time and the set will also be offered in the vinyl format for the first time since the late '90s.
Jack Endino, who produced 'Screaming Life' and is responsible for the remastering of the tracks, recalled that period with the band in a statement. It reads as follows:
Ah, 'Screaming Life,' Soundgarden's debut, and one of the first real records I made for anyone outside my own band, I already knew Soundgarden pretty well, since they and Skin Yard had shared the stage many times in Seattle's tiny club scene circa 1985-1986. Soon after opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden, trying to make the most of our eight tracks. Somehow, we found room for all of Matt Cameron's "bonus tubs," Hiro's primordial Fender bass, and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil's mad guitar psychedelia and Chris Cornell's still-expanding voice. 'Nothing to Say' was the song that made us all look at each other and go, "uh, holy crap, how did we do this?"
Speaking of 'Nothing to Say,' fans can watch a new promo made for the song above. If you're interested in the 'Screaming Life' / 'Fopp' reissue, it's currently available for pre-order at this location.