Badmotorfinger was the first Soundgarden album to feature bassist Ben Shepherd, completing the classic lineup of the band. Released on October 8, 1991, it went double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance.

The album, which spawned four singles, attracted critical applause from all over the world.  NME called it “stripped down, lithe and lethal”, Allmusic called it ” “heavy, challenging hard rock full of intellectual sensibility and complex band interplay”.  A stadium tour supporting Guns ‘n’ Roses gave the band wider exposure.

The album’s iconic cover art featured a logo designed by guitarist Mark Dancey from the Sub Pop band Big Chief.

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