You know, tough thing about Jesus Christ poses: they’re just not that easy to keep up for too long. Those who remain righteous do not get rich, but do get deified; those whose arms sag get vilified, get paid, and hopefully let themselves get forgotten. I think most of us gave up hoping Chris Cornell would turn back towards his soundgarden of Eden awhile ago, but now it’s time to start hoping he’ll show some mercy, and just stop; things have gone from bad (Audioslave) to worse (Feat. Timbaland). This new track “Long Gone” is a love song, which is OK because love is nice. It’s got flange-ing “My Love”-y production and a general “Apologize” vibe, which is OK because those were hits or something. But when you add that voice to the canned, cookie-cutter radio-ready mix, the voice that was once “Outshined,” and we’re down on our knees today: the grace fall is complete. You can stop now. Let’s please start with the forgetting. Forget redemption, I’ll go with repression.

Coffin, meet nail: hear it exclusively at ryanseacrest.com.

Comments (86)
  1. ryan  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    PASS

    • fivekdrew  |   Posted on Jul 24th, 2008 0

      I’m 33 – Cornell and Soundgarden are a big piece of the soundtrack of my youth and my first memories of independence when I attended college out of state. He was a rebel and a iconic symbol of anti establishment, with a sound that lead the masses of kids my age to a wild place. Wakeboarding in the summer before it was a the national f’ing pasttime, partying, and just letting out aggression is where the music took me. 15 years later, people have to realize that you go through that phase and grow. He’s been down that road, as have I, and he’s on to new things. You can’t live in the “red zone” forever- unless you’re mentally challenged- you hit your heights and move on. The people that bitch for him to get back to “basics” need to realize that it’s not up to Cornell to take you back to that place. I’m glad he’s doing something different, I dig it. My tastes have expanded to stuff like what he’s doing now and I still I appreciate his old music. If he was still grinding out the same stuff it’d be boring. It takes an original hardass to recognize another and those of you who don’t get the international vibe he’s throwing now weren’t in the know back when this was in it’s prime.

      • ryan  |   Posted on Jul 26th, 2008 0

        i can see what you’re saying here. i really can. it does apply to many artists. but i just can not condone his solo record (billie jean etc.) and the last 2 Audioslave albums. Chris Cornell took a step in the wrong creative direction. he’s become bland and predictable. to me, that’s not progression, and its not growth.

      • Rune  |   Posted on Aug 26th, 2008 0

        Of course it’s always nice when an artist tries something new… But listen to it! It sounds just horrible.

  2. He sounds like Seal. Why didn’t he premiere this at SP20?

  3. as a kid who grew up on soundgarden, this breaks my heart.

    designer jeans are always the first sign that integrity is en route to the toilet.

    :(

  4. Oh, Amrit. You never stop making me laugh.

    I hear Timbaland’s about to ruin Jay-Z’s next album. I’m praying that’s a lie.

  5. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    :( One of my rock heroes has indeed fallen. Come back Chris!

  6. Chris  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    It’s listed as “Christ Cornell” on the website. Should have been “Christ, Cornell.”

    Very disappointing.

  7. mika  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    Like i always say, the 90′s were a farse! I wonder why the 80′s are back!

  8. ev  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    ha! and i thought this was just a ‘Gum Goof, to get all you indiekids to go to RyanSeacrest.com!

  9. juano  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 +1

    The first Audioslave album had some good tracks. This, meh.

  10. Can'tfind  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    Where’s is it on the website?

  11. bone  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    the worst part about all this isn’t the song, or how far he’s fallen. it’s that we have to go to ryan seacrest’s website.

  12. pork  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    LOVE chris cornell.
    LOVE apologize.
    this is not funny or fun.
    on one hand, timbaland claims another victim. (he’s taking down whitey: bjork, madonna, duran duran, etc>)
    on the other hand, CHRIS, you’re only a victim/prisoner of what you create.
    and in THIS song, he sounds like he’s got a mouthful of somethin during the chorus.
    this is the worst news i read , and then heard, all day.
    just when you think brilliance might come…
    it’s dim.

  13. CTA  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    So was Chris in the flesh actually needed for this or can timbadude just use a
    sample of his voice and press a button? If it’s that easy can we have a Kurt duet
    with Phil Collins? Beavis is rolling in his grave. It makes me wonder who this guy ever was. Maybe he was just a dude blessed with a pretty Jesus face and heavy metal pipes but would have been just as pleased winning american idol singing “lucky star”. at any rate it certainly makes me want to ease up a little on the hold steady.

  14. dudes  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    all I find is Hayden Panettiere where’s it

  15. James Anthony  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    Oh yeah, this is gonna put Mr. Cornell back on the map. The reason he’s listed as Christ Cornell is because he’s coming back to save the music industry. Can’t wait to pick this one up at my local Starbucks, purveyors of all things cool.

  16. CTA  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    Makes me wonder who this guy ever was. Just a dude blessed with pretty jesus face and heavy metal pipes at the right time and the right place. He would have been just as satisfied to come up today winning american idol singing “lucky star”.

  17. Wow, this is terrible. First Michael Jackson, now this !!! He needs to give Kim Thayil a call quick.

  18. warriorwoman  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    “Long Gone” is not a love song. It’s a “saying goodbye” song. And just how many times have you heard it? It’s a “grower” like many of Cornell’s songs. The more I hear it …. the more I like it! ( I’ll like it even better without the “Ryan Seacrest.com” recording that interrupts it.)

    And, I’ve said this before, you can’t bottle Cornell and keep him the same as he was in Soundgarden. LIsten to the song “Ghosts” from Carry On, his last solo album. “He doesn’t live here anymore!” A message to his fans that say he’s moved on from grunge to explore new paths.

  19. wow  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    William Shatner-like

  20. reido  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    chrispuke barfnell fails.

  21. Sean  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    The funniest thing about this is a recent interview where Timbaland said this album (or whatever it’s going to be) was the best thing he’s ever done.

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1590927/20080715/timbaland.jhtml?

  22. gjvnyc  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    I just made myself feel better by pretending that it was a collaboration between Timbaland and Terence Trent D’arby. Try it! It works!

  23. Chris Ike  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    you guys are mad ignorant. If u really like chris cornell then u should understand that this album is going to introduce him to a whole new generation. Soundgarden and audioslave fit in in the 90s but its a whole new demographic artists have to market to. I saw this song and a few others from the timbaland album live and it was really sick. As far as u fools hating on Timbaland you should go download his last album and look at his production credits for all the number 1 singles hes had over the years. and ya chris cornells last solo album had some songs that you probably didnt agree with either. But if u dont like this song you are retarded. Chris cornell has mastered Rock . Arguably the greatest singer songwriter of our time. Timbaland has mastered rap and r and b. Its really good for the horrible state of music for these two power houses to get together and make a new sound . So you haters can hate, or u can open ur mind and get with the times. This isnt 1990 kids. the days of grunge rock are long gone. chris cornells 43 years old i think its about time he gets the credit he deserves. even if he has to get with the number 1 producer in the country to do it. MOre power to him. peace hatersss

    • josh  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

      no. you are the ignorant one. this is a bad song. it doesn’t matter who sings it. it’s a shame that a great singer like cornell is going to have this in his collection.

    • Wareagle  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

      You are wrong on so many levels, I don’t even know where to start. First of all, don’t fucking tell me to “get with the times”. Chris was slightly cool fifteen years ago. Not now; also, who gives a fuck how many #1 hits Timba-who-gives-a-fuck produced. I don’t look at the billboard charts to decide who I like this week- I listen to the music and decide for myself. No matter what his track record would indicate-THIS SUCKS. That having been said, I thought Down on the Upside was underrated.

    • Anthrobot  |   Posted on Jul 25th, 2008 0

      wow, you live in one of those bizarre parallel universes where everybody uses text speak and loves chris cornell’s new shit. i’ve read about your strange culture and i am fascinated.

  24. ct ike  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    haaa

  25. JOSH  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    well, thats a shame.

  26. room237  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    say it ain’t so, chris……

  27. anonymous2  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    Unfortunately Chris Ike is semi right, It is going to be a huge radio hit and introduce Christ Cornell to the Miley Cyrus generation.

  28. reido  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    wtf was he thinking

  29. chris ike  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    all im saying is .cornell has been out in the public eye making music since 88 maybe? thats 20 years in the music game. and every time he went and did a new project there were people who disagreed with his choices. sound garden to audioslave people didnt agree. his solo albums people thought he went too this or too that Hes such a versatile artist that he has the ability to not always stick to the formula. I agree that this cd is a drastic change from what the norm is. but thats not to say his next album wont be back on some harder type shit or whatever ur personal preference is. i thought that the sound of the album would be completely different than this but if this is what he wants to do this time then great. hes paid his dues he can go in any direction he wants. label it pop label it whatever u want. but why wouldnt he want to cater to a larger audience and try and excell in another genre. im just sayin have an open mind…ur judgin this off of 1 song. or 3 if u heard ground zero and watch out .

  30. James  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2008 0

    I’m surprised about all the hate Timbaland is getting. I don’t like the tracks he’s produced for Fall Out Boy, or Madonna, and I’m not crazy about Earth Intruders, but how can you argue with Dirt Off My Shoulder or Get Ur Freak On…or FutureSex/LoveSounds, for that matter. He’s just a little overexposed, that’s all.

    • Overexposed is exactly right. So much so that I think he’s spreading himself thin. Lately Timbaland’s tracks are sounding too similar for my liking and it’d be nice to have someone else producing something (hint: sarcasm there). But things happen like that; right now Timbaland is at critical mass.

      Re: the song? OMG, that’s just awful! In general I like Chris Cornell, his voice is usually enjoyable enough for me to forgive him most mistakes. Not so of this one…

  31. lines  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2008 0

    so, cornell was the lead singer of soundgarden AND Audioslave… he has covered ACDC, led zep, bob marley, beatles… yeah he has NO idea about what good music is… sure he used to rant and rave about the bull that is corporate slavery, television, and MTV, but that is not his role anymore… theres nothing in this song that make me respect him any less… in fact, if you LISTEN, this LONG GONE has melody, rythm, arpeggios, beat and harmony that are TOP TOP notch songwriting and production. the lyrics are just slightly above average, but everything else is superiorly crafted… this is far from a bad song. maybe he will put out a country record next? here is hoping.

  32. homeslice  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2008 0

    Cornell has such a good voice… why’d they ruin it with overdubs on the chorus?

    And Timbaland can eat a dick… plagiarizing thief

  33. Suedehead  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2008 0

    I’ve just heard Long Gone for the first time. I’m absolutely horrified. Why has he done this???? I hate it, I really do. It sounds so generic. Where has that beautiful voice gone? Where is the soul of the song? Oh yeah, drowned beneath a noise of boring and cheap sounding beats. My respect for Chris Cornell has dwindled dramatically since hearing this- and to be honest since hearing about his collaberation with Timbaland in the first place. My friends and I paid out a load of money to go to Rock Im Park in Germany where CC was scheduled to perform…and he cancelled with just weeks to go in order to fit around Timbaland’s producing schdule. We were gutted – but still had a great time at the festival, and consolled ourselves with the thought that a new album would be just round the corner. I feel like he’s abadoned his loyal SG/(early) Audioslave fans in favour of the mass, musically ignorant, market. I’m sat here listening to Jesus Christ Pose wondering what the hell has happened to this former grunge God.

  34. Teddu Roosevelt  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2008 0

    It’s better than Audioslave.

  35. Andrew H.  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2008 0

    No Mercy, eh?

    I think a closer look at Chris Cornell’s career would keep you from looking at this new Timbaland-produced material so negatively

    All of his work, from Soundgarden/TOTD, Audioslave, solo records Euphoria Morning and Carry On, they’ve been largely different. The music has definitely changed, but his singing voice has proved versatile, fitting in particularly well with whatever musical group he’s playing with.

    Soundgarden will always be great, and Chris has never taken actions or made statements against such. The man is still touring songs that span his ENTIRE career. I believe he played “Outshined” last night in Philly!

    Cornell’s voice raised the bar with Soundgarden, Audioslave, and I’m sure that’ll be the case with the Timbaland album.

  36. sweetums  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2008 0

    Armchair critics have been calling Chris Cornell a sellout on a regular basis since he first signed to a major label in, when was it, ’88? He’s still making music and looking and sounding stunning, they’re probably all nursing their beer guts in nowheresville. If anyone wants to understand the motivation for comments like these, there you have it.

  37. I think this is a really nice sounding new track for Chris.
    Definitely genre clashing, and it works well.
    Personally, I like it.

  38. Seems like everyone expects Chris Cornell to just curl up and stagnate somewhere; (somewhat) understandably, human nature dictates that we hate change in the things we love – well…GET OVER IT!! Nothing Chris has created over the years has been a duplication of any of his previous work, and I know I’m not alone in being grateful for that (wouldn’t that get a tad boring??). Sure I’ve had to get over the “initial shock” of some of Chris’s more radical changes, but after REALLY listening to his new stuff, I always end up loving it: You know why?? Chris Cornell’s VOICE is unparalled in music today (IMO, it’s unsurpassed in any of the music forms he chooses to sing), and THAT never changes. Hell, he could sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and make it sound like a classic, and live, his voice sends chills right up your frickin’ spine. I’ve LISTENED, more than a few times, and I LOVE “Long Gone”. (The rest of you kind of remind me of a whole new “Woodstock Generation”, except you’d be better described as the (’90s) “Lollapalooza Generation”…you can tell your kids about it in another 10 – 20 years, & you’re gonna look just as silly).

  39. Dusty  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2008 0

    I like this song. And I’m somebody who is rock-n-roll, through and through. I’m amazed at the negative comments here. Chris Cornell, throughout his entire career, has always explored different ideas and styles in music and has always been labelled a “sell-out”. I guess this new venture will be no different in the criticism he will get from “rock” die-hards. Perhaps he’ll appreciate finding a new audience.

  40. buttlicker  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2008 0

    chris cornell : mainstream rock :: chris martin : alternative

  41. i just threw up a little.

  42. it’s amazing how many apologists there are out there. for the sake of..nostalgia?

    it’s bad. just admit it.

  43. terri  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2008 0

    One thing I like about Cornell………he changes with each venture he goes into. No, he’s not Soundgarden & never will be again. Go with the flow. Love what he does when he does it. He’s multi-talented. People can’t seem to accept that. I, for one, still listen to my Soundgarden, Audioslave & CC solos. But, I too, am looking forward to the ‘new’ music. Hats off to you Cornell for having the ‘gift’!

  44. s77smiley  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2008 0

    I’ve been a fan of Chris’s for 16 years and saw him at Projekt Revolution last night and he was out of this world!!! The live versions of Watch Out and Long Gone are better than the recorded versions. I agree that his new stuff is very different, but other artists have done similar things, aka KISS doing a disco album! He’s won me over with everything he puts out, whether it be in Soundgarden, Audioslave, or solo.

  45. Richmond  |   Posted on Jul 20th, 2008 0

    Whether you like this or not it’s pretty nuts how he can produce so much cool music over 20 years and then 3 snippets get released at like a minute and a half each and then some people who consider themselves “fans” of his work start turning against the guy. I hate these songs too but if he wants to do this shit why should he give a fuck if you don’t like it? The dude’s happy and done lots of cool stuff so listen to what you already like or just don’t buy it. Simple as that. Go stick on Screaming Life and cry yourselves to sleep over how he’s “betrayed” you………….

  46. limowreck  |   Posted on Jul 21st, 2008 0

    I understand that Chris has moved on (he doesn’t live here anymore, yeah, heard all that) and that people need to change and do something different – but let’s be honest: “Long Gone” is a horrible sign. A sign of commercial s*it and the fact that Timbaland turns every talented singer into something they shouldn’t be – in other words to something they don’t have to be – commercial moneymachines, and that’s a waste of talent. Every Soundgrden, Audioislave, Euphoria Morning etc, fan (definitely including me) know exactly the fact that Cornell has the talent of creating something out of this world. He has the talent to write meaningful lyrics and make beautiful music as well as solo, or in a band. But come on, can you find anything meaningful in “Long Gone”? What’s so special about TIMBALAND? Sure he knows who’s voice will make a lot of money, but when listening to Euphoria Morning, Superunknown, Down on the Upside, Badmotorfinger, Loud Love etc, you don’t give a fuck about money or fame, you listen to MUSIC and consentrate on the LYRICS. When I listen to “Long Gone” I can’t feel anything. Anything but sadness, someone like CC used to be such an interesting musicmaker. Oh my god. One of BIG the reasons why I don’t listen rap, r’n'b or hip hop. Timbaland can “suck all my/ suck on my brain”

  47. Matt  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2008 0

    Hey I’m all for him trying to reinvent himself and try something new but come on this shit sucks. It just doesn’t work.

  48. Greg  |   Posted on Jul 22nd, 2008 0

    The moment when Timbaland jumped the shark…

  49. Fuck my old boots. As one who was there when Soundgarden really rocked…that was heartbreaking.

  50. looks like HE is “long gone.”

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