frank - it was seattle. it was ALWAYS cool to hate your success. just look at "little kurt" (as everybody knew him as).
loo, they ccould always say "no", but they made millions. not bad pay for 7 years of hell. now matt and ben are just having fun making music they like, kim dropped out of sight and is just spending money, and chris? well, chris is still trying to be a "rock star".
i have real mixed feelings about that band (obviously). i REALLY respected them after "nothing to say" and i really really liked kim and matt and their original bassist (whose name escapes me now. he quit to go back to school and finish his pharmacy degree).
but the whole "susan silver/rock star god trip" was pretty scary and offputting. it was like there were two bands in conflict fighting for some sayso with susan always having the final say. ugly.
i had some pretty horrific experiences at their hands back then, business-wise. but in a strange way, by screwing with me, they got locked into that 7-yr contract from hell. it's a long story, but in the end, i really think 'karma' exists.
matt cameron was a real "secret weapon" in soundgarden. he was basically an extremely experienced jazz drummer killing time (for fun) in a rock band. then it became huge. now he's pigeonholed as a rock drummer, but he actually is an exquisite "percussionist". very delicate and complex ideas.
he was probably the single most respected drummer (by other musicians) in the seatle rock scene back then.
i really personally like kim. he was a real mensch. he hated being in that band but was locked into a 7-yr contract of total servitude. if he quit, he'd have to give the money back. sad but true.
the very day that contract expired, they split up the band.
dunno what he's doing now.
did you know he came out to seattle because his old buddy from chicago (where they grew up) bruce pavitt, said it was a cool place to be in a band? he has a degree in philosophy, and was working on his post=graduate degree.