Rodriguez: Forgotten in America, exalted in South Africa

A singer from 1960s and ’70s Detroit, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez had some of the lyric quality of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but a voice like James Taylor. Cold Fact, his debut album, layered his aching voice over Motown horns and strings.

Though there was plenty of buildup, Cold Fact never became a hit in the United States. But bootlegged copies made the album — and the singer — a legend in a South Africa in ferment over apartheid.

Many stories had circulated that he had killed himself a long time ago, but his first album had become a kind of anthem against apartheid for many in South Africa.

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When Rodriguez did his first performance in South Africa, the crowd went crazy. His first words on stage: « Thanks for keeping me alive  »

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Soundgarden – Superunknown

I used to play Superunknown very loud at work, after everybody had left the office…

Listening to it again sends me back to these Seattle/Grunge years… 😉 Feeling young again…

Superunknown Deluxe Edition


0:00 Let Me Drown
3:52 My Wave
9:05 Fell On Black Days
13:48 Mailman
18:14 Superunknown
23:21 Head Down
29:31 Black Hole Sun
34:50 Spoonman
38:57 Limo Wreck
44:45 The Day I Tried To Live
50:05 Kickstand
51:40 Fresh Tendrils
55:56 4th Of July
1:01:06 Half
1:03:20 Like Suicide
1:10:24 She Likes Surprises

1:13:42 Let Me Drown (Demo)
1:17:53 Black Hole Sun (Demo)
1:23:32 Half (Demo)
1:25:10 Head Down (Rehearsal)
1:30:37 Limo Wreck (Rehearsal)
1:36:20 The Day I Tried to Live (Rehearsal)
1:42:23 Like Suicide (Acoustic Version)
1:48:35 Black Days III (Originally titled ‘Fell on Black Days (Demo)’)
1:52:39 Birth Ritual (Demo)
1:58:29 Exit Stonehenge
1:59:51 Kyle Petty, Son of Richard
2:03:58 Jerry Garcia’s Finger
2:07:23 Spoonman (Alternate Steve Fisk Remix)
2:12:44 The Day I Tried to Live (Alternate Mix)
2:18:11 4th of July (Instrumental)
2:23:24 Superunknown (Instrumental)

Cover photo: Kevin Westenberg reveals original “screaming elf” photograph that was modified for the cover of Soundgarden’s 1994 album Superunknown.