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Temple of the Dog was formed in 1990 by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, frontman of Seattle, Washington rock group Mother Love Bone after Wood died of a heroin overdose. Cornell, Wood’s close friend and roommate, helmed the project, which took its name from a lyric in the Mother Love Bone song, “Man Of Golden Words.” The band also included Soundgarden’s drummer Matt Cameron, Wood’s former bandmates Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, and lead guitarist Mike McCready . Eddie Vedder, at the time auditioning for the position of vocalist in Pearl Jam, also provided co-lead and background vocals on several songs. One song Vedder provided co-lead vocals on was Hunger Strike, which became the band’s biggest hit. Ament, Gossard, McCready, and Vedder formed Pearl Jam not long after recording for Temple of the Dog. Interestingly, Cameron went on to become Pearl Jam’s drummer over half a decade later.

The album was originally released on April 16, 1991 to little fanfare, only selling around 70,000 copies, but in the summer of 1992, the album received new attention. Though the album had been released more than a year earlier, A&M Records realized that they had in their catalog what was essentially a collaboration between Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, who had both risen to mainstream attention in the months since the album’s release due to the growing popularity of grunge music. A&M decided to re-issue the album and promote “Hunger Strike” as a single, with the video subsequently entering heavy rotation on MTV. The attention allowed both the album and single to chart on Billboard.

Temple of the Dog was a one-album project conceived in 1990. The purpose of Temple of the Dog was to pay tribute to the late Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Mother Love Bone, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Following his death, Mother Love Bone broke up, but Wood's bandmates Jeff Ament (bass) and Stone Gossard (guitar) decided to continue working together. Before Ament and Gossard formed a new band, they assembled Temple of the Dog, recruiting Chris Cornell (vocals) and Matt Cameron (drums) from Soundgarden to form the core of the group. Temple of the Dog also featured contributions from then-unknown vocalist Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready.

Temple of the Dog recorded their eponymous album in 1990, releasing it at the end of the year on A&M Records. The album received positive reviews upon its release, but didn't chart until the summer of 1992, when Pearl Jam — a band Ament, Gossard, Vedder, McCready, and drummer Dave Krusen formed in late 1990 after the completion of the Temple of the Dog album — had a Top Ten album with their debut record, Ten. Following the success of Ten, A&M re-released "Hunger Strike" — a duet between Vedder and Cornell — as a video and single, and the album quickly scaled the charts, reaching the Top Ten and going platinum before the end of 1992.

Temple of the Dog was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990.
The band released its only album, the self-titled Temple of the Dog, in April 1991 through A&M Records. 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 commercial breakthrough with Pearl Jam.
Temple of the Dog was started by Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who was a roommate of Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone
Wood died on March 19, 1990 of a heroin overdose, the day Cornell got back from a tour.
In a recent interview with Ultimate Guitar Archive, Cornell stated he would be open for a Temple of the Dog reunion, or "some collaboration with any combination of those guys." He also revealed that Temple of the Dog was the reason he joined Audioslave, as the experience made him "keep an open mind" about collaborations with musicians from other bands.

 

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