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Temple Of The Dog - Hunger Strike

Song

"Hunger Strike" is a song by the American rock band Temple of the Dog. Written by vocalist Chris Cornell, "Hunger Strike" was released in 1991 as the first single from the band's sole studio album, Temple of the Dog (1991).

It was Temple of the Dog's most popular song. The song peaked at number four on the BillboardMainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Origin and recording

"Hunger Strike" was written by vocalist Chris Cornell. It features a duet between Cornell and vocalist Eddie Vedder. Cornell was having trouble with the vocals at practice, when Vedder stepped in.

Cornell later said "he sang half of that song not even knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it exactly the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively." "Hunger Strike" became Temple of the Dog's breakout single; it was also Vedder's first featured vocal on a record.

Cornell on the song:

When we started rehearsing the songs, I had pulled out "Hunger Strike" and I had this feeling it was just kind of gonna be filler, it didn't feel like a real song. Eddie was sitting there kind of waiting for a (Mookie Blaylock) rehearsal and I was singing parts, and he kind of humbly—but with some balls—walked up to the mic and started singing the low parts for me because he saw it was kind of hard. We got through a couple choruses of him doing that and suddenly the light bulb came on in my head, this guy's voice is amazing for these low parts. History wrote itself after that, that became the single.

Guitarist Mike McCready on the song:

I remember thinking that this was a really beautiful song when I heard it. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) showed me the riff. I had a '62 reissue Strat and I wanted to use the fourth-position tone setting—between the bridge and middle pickups—for the beginning of the song because I like that softer sound. Then I kicked it to the front pickup for the heavier part of the song. This is one of many amazing songs written by Chris.

Eddie Vedder on the song:

It was during that same week that I was up there [In Seattle rehearsing with Pearl Jam] . Day four maybe, or day five, they did a Temple [of the Dog] rehearsal after our afternoon rehearsal. I got to watch these songs, and watch how Chris [Cornell] was working, and watch Matt [Cameron] play drums. It got to "Hunger Strike" — I was sitting in the corner, putting duct tape on a little African drum. About two-thirds of the way through, he was having to cut off the one line, and start the other. I'm not now, and certainly wasn't then, self-assured or cocky, but I could hear what he was trying to do, so I walked up to the mic — which I'm really surprised I did — and sang the other part, "Going hungry, going hungry." The next time I was up, he asked if I'd record it — so it was just me and Chris in the same studio that we made [1991's]  Ten record. I really like hearing that song. I feel like I could be real proud of it — because one, I didn't write it, and two, it was such a nice way to be ushered onto vinyl for the first time. I'm indebted to Chris time eternal for being invited onto that track.

That was the first time I heard myself on a real record. It could be one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever been on — or the most meaningful.


Album

Temple of the Dog is the only studio album by the American rock band Temple of the Dog, released on April 16, 1991, through A&M Records. The album is a tribute to Andrew Wood, the former lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, who died on March 19, 1990, of a heroin overdose. The album has been certified platinum by the RIAA in the United States.


Temple of the Dog è il primo e unico album in studio del gruppo musicale statunitense Temple of the Dog, pubblicato il 16 aprile 1991 dalla A&M Records. È un tributo al cantante Andrew Wood dei Mother Love Bone, morto il 19 marzo 1990.


Artist

Temple of the Dog was an American rock supergroup that formed in SeattleWashington in 1990. It was conceived by vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of the bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone.

The lineup included Stone Gossard on rhythm guitarJeff Ament on bass guitar (both ex-members of Mother Love Bone), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) on lead guitar, and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden and later Pearl Jam) on drums. Eddie Vedder appeared as a guest to provide some lead and backing vocals.

The band released its only album, the self-titled Temple of the Dog, in April 1991 through A&M Records. The recording sessions took place in November and December 1990 at London Bridge Studios, in Seattle, Washington with producer Rakesh "Rick" Parashar.

Although earning praise from music critics at the time of its release, the album was not widely recognized until 1992, when Vedder, Ament, Gossard, and McCready had their breakthrough with Pearl Jam. Cameron would later join Pearl Jam, serving as drummer since 1998.

The band toured in 2016 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.


Temple of the Dog sono stati un supergruppo statunitense, formatosi nel 1990 a Seattle e scioltosi nel 1992, dopo la pubblicazione di un unico album. La band comprendeva membri di Soundgarden e futuri membri dei Pearl Jam.

Il nome del gruppo ha origine dal testo di una canzone dei Mother Love Bone scritta da Andrew WoodMan of Golden Words.

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Lyrics

Well I don't mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can't feed on the powerless
When my cup's already overfilled

Yeah
But it's on the table
The fire's cooking
And they're farming babies
The slaves are all working

Blood is on the table
The mouths are all choking
But I'm goin' hungry
Yeah

I don't mind stealing bread
From the mouths of decadence
But I can't feed on the powerless
When my cup's already overfilled

But it's on the table
The fire is cooking
And they're farming babies
The slaves are all working

And it's on the table
Their mouths are all choking
But I'm going hungry (Going hungry)
I'm going hungry (Going hungry) (x4)

I don't mind stealing bread (I don't mind)
I don't mind stealing bread
I'm going hungry (Going hungry) (x2)

Testo

Beh, non mi preoccupa rubare il pane
dalle bocche dei decadenti
Ma posso nutrirmi alle spalle dei poveri
Quando la mia tazza è già traboccante

Yeah
Ma è sul tavolo
Il fornello è acceso
E loro sono bambini agricoltori
Gli schiavi stanno tutti lavorando

Il sangue è sul tavolo
Le bocche stanno tutte masticando
Ma a me sta venendo fame
Yeah

Beh, non mi preoccupa rubare il pane
dalle bocche dei decadenti
Ma posso nutrirmi alle spalle dei poveri
Quando la mia tazza è già traboccante

Ma è sul tavolo
Il fornello è acceso
E loro sono bambini agricoltori
Gli schiavi stanno tutti lavorando

Ma è sul tavolo
Le bocche stanno tutte masticando
Ma io sto diventando affamato
Sto diventando affamato (diventando affamato) (x4)

Non mi preoccupa rubare il pane (non mi preoccupa)
Beh, non mi preoccupa rubare il pane
Sto diventando affamato (diventando affamato) (x2)

Feat. Chester Bennington

Feat. Pearl Jam

Live 1992

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