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Friday, February 16, 2007

Nothing Left To Say But Goodbye.

Audioslave is no more.

Once again, the three talented dudes from Rage Against The Machine are without a singer. I believe Gary Cherone is available. This is somewhat of a bummer as I have truly grown to appreciate Audioslave and it's interesting mix of inventive guitar and sublime vocals.

Here is an example of them at their best - Show Me How To Live

And with the early dawn
Moving right along
I couldn't buy an eyeful of sleep
And in the aching night under satellites
I was not received
Built with stolen parts
A telephone in my heart
Someone get me a priest
To put my mind to bed
This ringing in my head
Is this a cure or is this a disease

Nail in my hand
From my creator
You gave me life
Now show me how to live

And in the after birth
On the quiet earth
Let the stains remind you
You thought you made a man
You better think again
Before my role defines you

Nail in my hand
From my creator
You gave me life
Now show me how to live

And in your waiting hands
I will land
And roll out of my skin
And in your final hours I will stand
Ready to begin

Good stuff, eh?

But, I'm not crushed. As I learned when Soundgarden broke up (one of my absolute favorites), in truth I am a Chris Cornell fan. That dude could sing the yellow pages and I'd plunk down 18 bucks on a CD. He is fantastic. And he has a solo album coming out on May 1st and I will buy that.

What of the rest of Audioslave? Meaning, the three dudes that used to be in Rage? I thought they never reached the musical peak with Cornell that they did with that grating dude named Zack. I always loved the music of Rage and just wished you could cut the singers mike. Rolling Stone has some ideas.

We nominate Sammy Hagar, Mark Lanegan, Ed Kowalczyk, James Iha or Peter Gabriel.

Clearly the first and last are jokes (I mean, I think they are). Lanegan is an interesting choice, because he's another singer that I freakin' love. I've always thought that Screaming Trees was a severely underrated band and Sweet Oblivion was an hidden classic. But his style hardly fits those dudes. James Iha sings? I didn't know that. Lastly, I think Ed is a really interesting choice. He's weird enough that what they came up with might be really interesting.

Goodbye Audioslave. Potential not fully realized, but some sweet albums nonetheless.