Soundgarden made their first television appearance in 13 years Tuesday night on Conan, and having been a fan since the “Black Hole Sun” video invited itself into my life via MTV and melted my pre-adolescent mind, I’m happy to report that they can still kill it.
They played two songs. “Black Rain,” which aired on the show, is their “new” single from the retrospective LP Telephantasm. Though, if the song sounds too vintage Soundgarden to your ears to have been written in 2010, that’s because it is. It's actually an unreleased song from the Badmotorfinger sessions.
They also performed their very first single from 1987, “Hunted Down,” which can be seen exclusively on Conan’s website, though I’ve graciously embedded both videos for you below.
Aside from their appearance on Conan, they’ve only played a handful of mostly low-key performances since reuniting earlier this year. Here’s to hoping for a proper L.A. show or a tour ASAP.