Through the Chris Cornell Estate, Vicky Cornell has unveiled the music video for Chris Cornell’s When Bad Does Good, a previously-unreleased song that appears on the self-titled album, Chris Cornell, which – as uDiscover Music previously reported – is also out now. You can watch the video above.
Shot this fall, the When Bad Does Good video features Chris and Vicky Cornell’s son, Christopher, playing a young Chris Cornell as a paper boy in Seattle, representing who Chris was and where he came from, paying tribute to his hometown of Seattle. Song lyrics from Cornell’s career are hidden throughout showcasing the breadth of his songwriting as a poet and lyricist. The video features mementos and places that played a part in Cornell’s life and was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who previously shot the promotional films for Soundgarden’s ‘Loud Love’ & ‘Hands All Over’.
“For me this video represents my dad and all the art he created throughout his life and what his music meant then and what it means now, not just to me and my family but the city of Seattle and all of his fans,” said Christopher Cornell.
Kevin Kerslake added: “I wanted to highlight an aspect of Chris’ talents often overshadowed by his more obvious virtues (e.g., his monstrous guitar chops, operatic vocal range or commanding physical presence), which is his place as one of this generation’s greatest lyricists….but do it within a specific context that turned a simple, straightforward journey through the streets of Seattle into a eulogy, of sorts, with mystical undertones.”
When Bad Does Good, was produced, recorded, and mixed by Cornell and was found in his personal recordings archive. The track was a favorite of his and it wasn’t until friend Josh Brolin, reminded Vicky of the unreleased song, that she decided to share it with his fans. A lyric video for the song was previously released in September.
Chris Cornell commemorates his life and legacy not only as a singer, but as a poet and one of the most prolific writers and greatest voices of the modern rock era. The 17-track and 64-track limited-edition deluxe box set (11 of them unreleased) are the first releases since his passing in 2017, the album is released by Cornell’s wife, Vicky Cornell on behalf of The Chris Cornell Estate through UMe.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Chris Cornell’s legacy and contribution to music history will be honored with a star-studded concert event, I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell, at The Forum in Los Angeles on 16 January 2019. I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell promises to be an epic night of music, taking fans on an unforgettable journey through Cornell’s legendary career and catalogue, with performances by members of Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, plus special performances by Foo Fighters, Metallica and Ryan Adams and more. Tickets for the event go on sale today at 10AM PST.
Chris Cornell is out now and can be bought here.