Well, that was a kick in the teeth, pop culturally speaking.
Chris Cornell's unexpected death at the age of 52 shook things up in the worst way possible.
I was never a huge Soundgarden fan. In fact, I'm in that philistine minority that preferred his work with Audioslave, but as I sat there thinking about it yesterday, I was surprised by how many Soundgarden songs I really like.
Cornell's voice was unique, even iconic. He was a great rock and roller yowler, but he could go quiet when it served the music.
Soundgarden were never really grunge. They just shared a scene with those bands. He was a front man. He was a rock star.
He will be missed.
I just didn't realize how much until he was gone.
I could only come up with one slice of cheesecake that seemed appropriate this week.
Please say hello to Bridget Fonda.
Ms. Fonda was the ingenue de jour of the early 90s. From Single White Female
to Jackie Brown
, Ms. Fonda was Hollywood's go to girl in the age of grunge.
So, it only made sense that she was the de facto lead in Cameron Crowe's early-90s Seattle homage, Singles
And that little bit of mental gymnastics nabs her this week's honors.
Oh, and she's married to Danny Elfman. So, there's that.
The soundtrack to Singles
looms large for Generation X. Featuring Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Heart and Paul Westerberg, it was the calm before the storm.
It just got a re-release that includes some previously unreleased Cornell tracks.
So, yeah, Bridget Fonda is this week's cheesecake. For this feature, that's a solid tribute.
Let's hit the links.
The moment James Osterberg became Iggy Pop
History of the entire Earth in 20 minutes
Characters who knocked boots with a Hulk
Movie characters with the highest body counts
Judge Dredd is getting a TV show
And Hellboy is getting an R-Rated movie
Snoop Dogg's sign language translator gets down
Why DC filmmakers need to leave the 80s behind
A dude jumping on a trampoline covered in mousetraps
And finally, when Ozzy met Earth, Wind and Fire