|Single by Audioslave|
|from the album Audioslave|
|Released||October 14, 2002|
|Genre||Alternative metal, funk metal|
|Writer(s)||Lyrics: Chris Cornell
|Audioslave singles chronology|
"Cochise" is the first single by Audioslave for their eponymous debut album released in 2002. The single was released with a white and a black cover. The difference between the two versions besides the covers is that the black version only contains the title song, while the white version contains "We Got the Whip", a live version of "Gasoline", and the music video for "Cochise".
In an interview, guitarist Tom Morello said this about the song:
Cochise was the last great American Indian chief to die free and absolutely unconquered. When several members of his family were captured, tortured, and hanged by the U.S. Cavalry, Cochise declared war on the entire Southwest and went on an unholy rampage, a warpath to end all warpaths. He and his warriors drove out thousands of settlers. Cochise the avenger, fearless and resolute, attacked everything in his path with an unbridled fury.
"Cochise" is played in standard E-A-D-G-B-e and B-E-A-D on the guitar and bass respectively. Tom Morello came across the intro riff by accident. He had a guitar on his lap and his delay pedal set to "slap-back" and, while writing notes for a Rage Against The Machine song, he rapidly hit the strings with a pencil. This produced a noise reminiscent of a helicopter. When Audioslave recorded this song, Morello did the same thing, with his Digitech Whammy set an octave lower, and using a flat hand to slap the strings. For the opening riff of the song Morello incorporates the helicopter sound on his guitar, while the bassist Tim Commerford plays an open E with a fast strumming technique while using distortion and a Wah pedal; the result of which is Commerford's unique bass sound which is used on the majority of Audioslave songs.
The accompanying music video, directed by Mark Romanek and produced by Aris McGarry, shows Chris Cornell on a raised platform, presumably waiting for the other members. Meanwhile, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk drive to the platform in a Chevy pickup. They take an elevator to the top of the platform where they play atop the platform with a barrage of fireworks being shot off in the background. At the end of the video they hug.
The amount of fireworks released during the filming caused nearby residents to report a possible terrorist attack. This video has also been censored in some places, due to the fact that it has a large amount of flashing lights, and could cause epileptic fits with some people. At the beginning of the video "PLAY LOUD" appears on screen.
This video is available as a "director's cut" on the DVD The Work of Director Mark Romanek and has new footage inserted. There is more emphasis on the strobe lighting and fireworks during the video.
- "Cochise" - 3:42
- "We Got the Whip" - 4:05
- "Gasoline" (Live from Letterman) - 4:43
- "Cochise" (Video Version) - 3:42
- A cover version that omits part of the intro is playable in the 2005 music video game Guitar Hero.
- It is featured in the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
- It is used in a montage after the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
- It is used in trailers for the 2008 movie Iron Man.
- It is featured daily as the opening theme song on "Red Heat" on Hardcore Sports Radio Sirius Satellite Channel 98 (now 158) since the late fall of 2009.
- Since the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, it has been played as the Boston Bruins entered the ice in the first period during the postseason.
- One of Audioslave's first performances was playing "Cochise" on the Late Show with David Letterman, outdoors on top of the show's marquee.
- In The Simpsons' episode 3, season 19, "Midnight Towboy", a short clip of the song is played inside of Louie's truck after he gives Homer Simpson a ride.
|UK Singles Chart||24|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||69|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||9|
- Lyrics by Chris Cornell.
- Written and Arranged by Audioslave.
- Recorded by Harvey Goldberg.
- Engineered by Thom Russo.
- Assistant engineer: Miles Wilson.
- Additional recording at Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles.
- Mixed by Rick Rubin, Thom Russo at Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research, Los Angeles, CA.
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