Soundgarden reissues its first two EPs, 1987’sScreaming Life and 1988’s FOPP, on Tuesday (November 26th) in a remastered edition that also includes a bonus track. The set, which is coming out as a single CD, double vinyl LP and download, brings these early releases back into print after several years of being unavailable.
Guitarist Kim Thayil told us that a long-awaited collection of B-sides and non-album tracks only previously available on singles, soundtracks and other such releases is also on the band’s agenda: “I see that as another album, you know, as a stand-on-its-own album. I don’t see it as a compilation, like a greatest hits or anything, because it’s an album where a lot of these songs that are previously uncompiled will be available. That always used to be a problem for me, like, hearing a song that was a B-side for a single and it wasn’t on the album and it’s like, ‘Oh man, where can I get this, you know.'”
Thayil told Rolling Stone that the set of B-sides and non-album tracks will consist of “originalmaterial that has never been compiled on a Soundgarden album. Things from compilation records, likeSub Pop Rock City, for instance, might have been on the B-sides album.”
Although the group has also recorded a number of hard-to-find covers from bands like Devo andBudgie, Thayil said that there are also enough original songs “for another album-plus . . . this would be like another studio album.”
Thayil plans to work on the B-sides collection in 2014, along with a remixed version of the group’s first full-length album, 1988’s Ultramega OK.
As for a brand new album to follow up last year’s King Animal, Thayil said, “The band has talked about that. That’s something that we’ll look at in the next two years.”