Before every date on Soundgarden’s 1994 tour in support of the group’s five-times platinum album Superunknown, the band warmed up its fans with a sort of trippy, but mainly just eerie short film. Called “Night Surf,” which was a song written by the band’s bassist Ben Shepherd, the clip was directed Henry Shepherd (Ben’s brother), and opens with a blue man holding an hour glass. There’s also a young boy on his bicycle riding through a mysterious, foggy forest. (Why children ever think entering a forest that’s characterized mainly by billowing fog, never ceases to amaze.)
The instrumental track is available on last fall’s LP Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path, which featured three discs of B-sides, cover songs (like the Beatles’ “Everybody Got Something to Hide Except for Me and Monkey” and the Doors’ “Waiting for the Sun”), Peel sessions, remixes, album bonus reocrdings and seven previously unreleased tracks. At the time of release, guitarist Kim Thayil, who curated the selection, said in a statement, “As album sets go, this one has been fun to collect and compile over the decades. I personally may have referenced this project a number of times over the years, going back almost 20 of them to the mid-Nineties!”
The group announced the acclaimed collection will arrive as a vinyl box set May 19—pre-order is now available. The vinyl will be packaged as six picture discs with three separate jackets.
The “Night Surf” tour video is streaming below.