Steve Aoki gave Soundgarden's 'Spoonman' an EDM remix
More than two decades after its 1994 release, Soundgarden’s “Spoonman” got a remix courtesy of Steve Aoki. The EDM artist’s take on the song will be used in a T-Mobile commercial set to air during an upcoming broadcast of the Summer Olympics, Billboard reports. Aoki and T-Mobile have previously collaborated in the name of sports: In 2014, he took on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” ahead of that year’s World Series.
Soundgarden has recently been in the news because Temple of the Dog — the early ’90s supergroup that includes Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell — will tour this fall to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their sole, self-titled album. Soundgarden will also reissue two of their albums, 1989’s Louder Than Love and 1996’s Down on the Upside, on August 26.
“The lyrics aren’t specifically about Artis the Spoonman,” Cornell told EW in 2014 when discussing the 20th anniversary of Superunknown, which features “Spoonman.” “I didn’t know Artis yet … it was an ode to an imaginary person in my head, because I didn’t know him yet. And the song was based entirely on the title, so what’s happening musically is the attitude of supporting this guy who stands on a street corner and plays the s— out of some spoons. Then the song became a reality, and we got Artis to actually play spoons on the song.”
Netflix will release I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, a documentary about Aoki’s career, on August 19. Check out his “Spoonman” remix below.