Chris Cornell is a talented guy. He also seems like a smart guy. But he’s unapologetic when it comes to his support of President Obama. He’s performed at Obama fundraisers and even the recent inaugural ball. Apparently, President Obama inspires “hope” in him, which is fine … but I do have one question: Was that before or after he knew that the Obama administration took George W. Bush’s drone policy and pumped it full of steroids? (i.e., Targeting American citizens for “imminent” threats that are “sorta-kinda-well maybe we don’t know” is now codified into law.)
I ask this because Soundgarden’s new single, ‘Crooked Steps,’ is absolutely amazing, and it seems to spring forth from the kind of angry inspiration that made the Bush years musically bearable. (e.g., Pearl Jam’s ‘World Wide Suicide’ and Incubus’ ‘Megalomaniac’). Only a man with some serious passion stirring in his soul could have penned such a song.
‘Crooked Steps’ is the song you listen to when you steer your rocket ship onto a collision course with the sun just to be the only man to experience getting swallowed by a star. ‘Crooked Steps’ is the song you listen to when you break the land-speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats — with the top down and no helmet or goggles. ‘Crooked Steps’ is the song you listen to when someone spikes your drink with methamphetamines, you’re jumped by twenty guys in a dark alley on the way home, and then you’re the only one to walk out into the light in one piece.
Sadly, ‘Crooked Steps’ is also the perfect soundtrack to an Obama drone strike on American civilians — at home or abroad.
If you’re a fan of great rock, you’ve got a gem with this song, the second single off Soundgarden’s new album, ‘King Animal.’ Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and drummer Matt Cameron are in rare form. And while Cornell’s vocals always steal the show, it’s hard to deny that Matt Cameron’s drumming rolls over you like a tank going 500 mph. (What the heck is Pearl Jam going to do if he’s tied up with Soundgarden? He’s been PJ’s unofficial-offical drummer for ages, now.)
Check out the video for ‘Crooked Steps’ when you get a chance, but be aware that it was directed by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl — another avid fan of President Obama who hasn’t said a word about American civilians being droned. Dave is a creative genius, but instead of crafting a video that captured the essence of the song, he went with the goofy humor Foo Fighters videos are known for. On many levels it works, but I suggest listening to the song the first time through without looking at the screen, and then giving the video a watch afterward.
Later, when you have time, you can tweet Chris and ask him what he thinks of President Obama’s foreign policy.