Louder Than Live

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Louder Than Live
Video by Soundgarden
Released May 22, 1990
Recorded December 7–10, 1989, Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, California
Genre Grunge, heavy metal, alternative metal
Length 50 minutes (VHS) 37:47 (Promo CD)
Language English
Label A&M
Director Kevin Kerslake
Soundgarden chronology
Louder Than Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Louder Than Live is a home video by the American rock band Soundgarden featuring songs performed live at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California on December 7, 1989 and December 10, 1989. It was released on May 22, 1990.


It features five live tracks filmed during the Louder Than Love tour. The live tracks are "Get on the Snake", "Gun", "I Awake", "Big Dumb Sex", and a medley of Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom" and Cheech & Chong's "Earache My Eye", with footage from both concerts mixed together. It also features footage of the band performing two songs in the studio. The studio clips are "Loud Love" and "Hands All Over". It is on this video that frontman Chris Cornell is seen wearing his infamous silver duct-tape shorts. The bassist for these performances was Jason Everman. Allmusic gave it two and a half out of a possible five stars. Allmusic staff writer Greg Prato said that "for fans of early Soundgarden, Louder Than Live is still recommended."[1] Louder Than Live was released on VHS only, with no official DVD version available.

In addition to the home video, A&M released a promo 12" (on blue vinyl, July 1990) and CD (May 1990) with the same title, Louder Than Live. The vinyl includes the five live tracks from the video in addition to "Beyond the Wheel". The center label features a close-up picture of guitarist Kim Thayil's face. The CD came wrapped in brown paper, duct-taped closed with a yellow and black sticker that reads "Soundgarden: Louder Than Live". In addition to the six other live tracks, it includes "Hunted Down". This album has been bootlegged on black vinyl; genuine copies can be distinguished by the A&M logo.

Track listing[edit]

Concert footage:

  1. "Get on the Snake"
  2. "Gun"
  3. "I Awake"
  4. "Big Dumb Sex"
  5. Medley: "Big Bottom"/"Earache My Eye"

Studio clips:

  1. "Loud Love"
  2. "Hands All Over"

Promo CD/LP[edit]

  1. "Beyond the Wheel" (7:04)
  2. "Get on the Snake" (3:24)
  3. "Hunted Down" (2:37)
  4. "I Awake" (4:12)
  1. "Gun" (5:58)
  2. "Big Dumb Sex" (4:04)
  3. "Big Bottom" (4:45)
  4. "Earache My Eye" (5:41)

These recordings were also temporarily available for streaming under the title "Gun (Recorded live at Whisky a Go Go 1990)" through the music service Spotify.[2]



Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
US Top Music Videos[3] 15


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "allmusic ((( Louder Than Live > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Gun (Recorded live at Whisky a Go Go 1990)". Spotify. Retrieved 2014-11-14. Spotify.
  3. ^ "Soundgarden: Top Music Videos". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-03-09. [dead link]

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