Loud Love

"Loud Love" is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, "Loud Love" was released on August 30, 1989 as the first single from the band's second studio album, Louder Than Love (1989). It is the quasi-title track from that album, and was also the basis for the EP Loudest Love and the live video Louder Than Live. The song was included on Soundgarden's 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides.

"Loud Love"
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Single by Soundgarden
from the album Louder Than Love
B-side "Big Dumb Sex" (dub version) / "Get on the Snake" / "Fresh Deadly Roses"
Released August 30, 1989
Format CD single, vinyl
Recorded December 1988 – January 1989 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre Grunge, alternative metal
Length 4:57
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Chris Cornell
Producer(s) Terry Date, Soundgarden
Soundgarden singles chronology
"Loud Love"
"Hands All Over"
"Loud Love"
"Hands All Over"
Louder Than Love track listing
"Full on Kevin's Mom"
(Track 6)
"Loud Love"
(Track 7)
"I Awake"
(Track 8)

Origin and recording

"Loud Love" was written by frontman Chris Cornell. Guitarist Kim Thayil on the song:

The intro was a feedback melody. Many people think we used an E-bow. I've seen transcriptions that have said to use an E-bow. The truth is, I've never even seen an E-bow. I simply stood in front of the amp, got the note ringing until it was feeding back, and slid my finger up the fret on the string and dragged the feedback with it.[1]

Release and reception

"Loud Love" was released as a single in 1989 with a previously unreleased B-side titled "Fresh Deadly Roses".

"Loud Love" is featured in the 1992 film, Wayne's World. It can be heard playing in the background in the scene where Wayne meets Cassandra. It does not feature on the soundtrack album, however.

Music video

The music video for "Loud Love" was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who would later direct the music video for "Hands All Over".[2] The video features the band performing the song amid scenes of car crashes. It also features bassist Jason Everman (who appears on the cover of the single) although he does not play on the record. The video was released in October 1989.[3] The video is available on the home video release Louder Than Live.

Track listing

All songs written by Chris Cornell, except where noted:

  1. "Loud Love" – 4:57
  2. "Big Dumb Sex" (dub version) – 6:06
  3. "Get on the Snake" (Cornell, Kim Thayil) – 3:44
  4. "Fresh Deadly Roses" – 4:53

Chart positions

Chart (1990) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 87


  1. ^ Gilbert, Jeff. "Primecuts: Kim Thayil". Guitar School. May 1994.
  2. ^ Kevin Kerslake; Kurt Wyman. "Kevin Kerslake - List of Credits". Illuminary Arts. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  3. ^ "Soundgarden music videos". Music Video Database. Retrieved 2008-02-22.
  4. ^ "Soundgarden: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 6, 2016.

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