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Legendary ‘Singles' soundtrack getting 25th anniversary reissue

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The soundtrack to the 1992 movie Singles, which also served as a sort of sonic guide to the Seattle grunge scene and featured exclusive tracks from the likes of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, is getting the 25th anniversary deluxe reissue treatment. Diffuser reports the February 17th release will feature the original soundtrack -- featuring the bands above plus Alice In Chains, Mother Love Bone, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney and others -- on one disc, while a second CD will include songs that didn't make the initial release and demos written by Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell for the movie's fictional band Citizen Dick.

Cornell apparently wrote the songs after spotting the titles on a cassette made up for the movie. One of those tunes, "Spoonman," ended up being a massive hit off Soundgarden's 1994 Superunknown album.

The soundtrack was the introduction for many fans to the Seattle scene, and Cornell told us a while back that the city's musical legacy remains as strong as ever: "It's not one of those scenes that came and went. There's still bands that make music with just as much enthusiasm, with kind of the same purity. I feel like I still carry that with me, the inspiration that came then, and really everybody else that was part of it, that's still making music and still making records, which is most of them, I feel like they feel the same way too. I feel like the records are still vibrant, and the bands are still vibrant, and the music's still great."

Singles was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starred Matt Dillon, Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick in a comedic look at young romance in Seattle, against the backdrop of the city's then-exploding music scene.

Several of the acts on the soundtrack also appear briefly in the film, while the members of Pearl Jam play the band fronted by Matt Dillon's character.

Side Notes:

One artist who did not want to participate in the reissue was Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, who told us in 2015 that he was asked to supply the demo for the Pumpkins song "Drown" for the second disc, but refused because the record label apparently reneged on a promise to push the original song as a single back in 1992.


Check it out: Soundgarden in concert on May 21, 2013 at The Pageant

Soundgarden: May 21, 2013

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Soundgarden: May 21, 2013
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