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Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains reflect on “Singles” soundtrack


Epic Soundtrax/Legacy RecordingsThe grunge-filled soundtrack to Cameron Crowe‘s 1992 film Singles will be reissued with a host of bonus tracks this week in honor of the movie’s 25th anniversary. In a video for Rolling Stone, members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains reflected on the soundtrack’s legacy and its impact on the Seattle music scene.

“I just remember thinking, ‘Cameron’s magic,'” Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney says. “‘You’re gonna go to Seattle and make a movie about stuff that just a small sect of people know?’ At the time, there was no ‘the grunge.'”

“Because the film was conceived and shot before the international explosion of all of the bands, that ended up being kind of a key factor in what was referred to as the Seattle scene and the Seattle movement,” adds Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

The soundtrack includes Soundgarden’s “Ritual,” which Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready calls “one of the greatest songs ever written,” plus songs by Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, Smashing Pumpkins and Screaming Trees.

“It bottles a moment in time,” Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin says of the soundtrack.

The deluxe Singles soundtrack reissue arrives Friday, May 19, and includes a bonus disc featuring previously unreleased tracks from Cornell, McCready and Paul Westerberg of The Replacements

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