Temple Of The Dog Biography
Temple Of The Dog was essentially a tribute-album, emerged from the Seattle music scene and brought together singer Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron of Soundgarden with the surviving members of Mother Love Bone, later of Pearl Jam, bassist Jeff Ament, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready plus then-unknown vocalist Eddie Vedder. It was recorded as a tribute to their fallen friend, Andrew Wood, the late vocalist of Mother Love Bone, who was found overdosed on heroin on March 16, 1990; Wood was pronounced dead three days later. The name was taken from one of Wood's lyrics and the songs bore the street-rock flavor of Mother Love Bone's music.
The supergroup issued its eponymous effort on December 31, 1990 on A&M Records, but the album reached the #5 slot on The Billboard Top 200 chart one and a half years after its release; it includes two popular singles: "Say Hello 2 Heaven" which hit #5 on The Mainstream Rock chart and the superb duet between Vedder and Cornell, "Hunger Strike", this single made a significant impact at Mainstream and Modern Rock radio as it climbs up to #4 and #7 respectively on the Billboard charts.